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The Skints - Part and Parcel

The Skints - Part and Parcel

The Skints - Part and Parcel

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An album of 11 inspired, original songs that will find many supporters across Europe and even America.


The Skints formed in London in 2005 3years before they released their excellent 6-track self titled debut E.P on the forward thinking UK, indie, ska, label Do The Dog. A roaring blend of reggae, dub, ska and punk this E.P married with their heavy touring soon had their popularity growing which then led to the release of their first long player called 'Live.Breathe.Build.Believe' in 2009. After such a frenetic start the band slowed things down until in April 2011 they started a campaign to record a new album through Pledgemusic, a scheme in which fans can financially contribute towards the recording of this in return for exclusive rewards such as signed CD's, limited edition t-shirts and the option for the 'pledger' to have their name printed in the album, well earlier this year this album, titled 'Part and Parcel' gained release.

The Skints - Part and ParcelWhere 'Live.Breathe.Build.Believe' was full of boisterous energy, punky guitar and skacore breakdowns, that goes down great in the mosh-pit at live shows, 'Part and Parcel' sees the band maturing and as with things that mature slowing it down just a touch and being more composed in its structure. This is not to say that they’ve gone all pipe and carpet slippers but their sound now leans more to the melodic tones of reggae, perhaps more tuned to the style of The Clash than Culture granted but with Prince Fatty, who has worked with the likes of Gregory Isaacs, Little Roy, Dub Syndicate and Hollie Cook, at the helm this is most definitely a reggae album, a very modern, street savvy, reggae album that blends in elements of 2-Tone and hip hop with the punk attitude to develop an extremely catchy sound.

This sound has diversity and depth as well from dubbiness of opener Rise Up and Up Against the Wall Riddim, through the haunting ska, skank of single Rat-At-At to fluffy, rocksteady vibe of Ring Ring and chilled out beauty of Sunny Sunny. This diversity is helped by the varied vocal styles from three of this talented quartet, drummer and usual lead vocalist Jamie Kyriakides has soulful croon, while multi instrumentalist Marcia Richards has some of that Lilly Allen, Hollie Cook sultriness and Josh Rudge adds rough, rapid fire East London chat.

The Skints have come up with an album that may not be reggae by the book and could easily be dismissed by many in the reggae fraternity, but it is one of 11 inspired, original songs that will find many supporters across Europe and even America. They will be out appearing at various festivals throughout the summer including the Tent Stage at the Chiemsee Reggae Festival in Germany on Saturday 25th August, so if you are there I would highly recommend going along and checking them out if you can as you may be suitably surprised and impressed by what you find.

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