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From the Archive: The Skints per­form­ing at the Brix­ton Acad­e­my, Lon­don, in Octo­ber 2016.

The Skints, the British ska-punk band from east Lon­don, have always been fierce­ly inde­pen­dent. And in 2016, this inde­pen­dent spir­it, com­bined with a new set of killer songs and a huge North Amer­i­can and Euro­pean tour, helped them reach a whole new level.

When they per­formed at the O2 Acad­e­my Brix­ton, there was a sen­sa­tion of home­com­ing for the east Lon­don band, who were in their ele­ment as they played tracks from their 2015 album, FM. A cir­cus of dif­fer­ent sounds and bois­ter­ous ener­gy fol­lowed, topped off by ‘This Town’, the group’s tri­umphant ode to their home city.

The Skints are: vocal­ist and gui­tarist Joshua Waters Rudge, bass gui­tarist Jonathan Doyle, drum­mer and vocal­ist Jamie Kyr­i­akides, and vocal­ist and mul­ti-instru­men­tal­ist Mar­cia Richards.

Since this show, the band released their fourth album, Swim­ming Pools, in 2019. They have also returned to Brix­ton a num­ber of times, which has includ­ed record­ing their first ever live album at Elec­tric Brix­ton (released in July 2020).

At the time of pub­lish­ing, The Skints are get­ting ready to return to tour­ing in autumn 2021 – pro­vid­ed Covid restric­tions remain lift­ed. You can find out all of their upcom­ing tour dates on their offi­cial web­site.

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