GIG – The Skints at The Joiners – Friday 31st August 2012

The Skints are a reggae/dub/ska/punk band from London, United Kingdom. Since 2008 the band have toured extensively, playing hundreds of shows, supporting bands that include Gym Class Heroes, You Me at Six, Sublime with Rome, Reel Big Fish, Less Than Jake, The Slackers, Gogol Bordello, Bedouin Soundclash, and The King Blues.

The Skints formed as school friends in 2005 at Woodbridge High School (London).The band hail from the Leyton/Walthamstow and South Woodford/Woodford areas of northeast London. They spent their first year and a half changing band members whilst perfecting their sound. They settled on the current line-up in May 2007. The Skints first ‘publicity’ came from playing at a pub in Walthamstow, to be heard by Radio One Executive Producer Rhys Hughes, when three of their members were only 16. Two days later, Other Radio One DJ’s such as Colin Murray were soon playing Skints’ tracks on their shows regularly. In 2007 the band played with other east London artists such as Brinkworth, Reeps One and ClayPigeon who they played many shows with including a DIY tour in the summer of 2008.

In April 2011 The Skints started a campaign through Pledgemusic in which fans could financially contribute towards the recording of their new album 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. Although they were given 90 days in which to raise the money needed to record the album, 100% of the money was reached in just 11. In January 2012 The Skints announced the title and release date of the album to be ‘Part & Parcel’, released officially by Bomber Music on the 12th March 2012. It was produced in the summer of 2011 by Mike “Prince Fatty” Pelanconi, a British sound engineer who has worked with a diverse repertoire of artists and labels, from rock musicians like Graham Coxon (of Blur), reggae legends like Gregory Isaacs and Dub Syndicate, The Sugarhill Gang and pop singers such as Lily Allen.

In December 2011 awareness of The Skints grew rapidly due to the release of the music video for their cover of Brit School Singer Katy B’s Katy on a Mission. The video received over 10,000 views on the first day as well as congratulatory social networking posts by Katy B, the songs’ original producer Benga, and fellow Dubstep musician Skream. Since its release the video’s view count rose to over 70,000 within the month due to multiple plays on BBC Radio 1 and heavy sharing on Blogs and Social Networking sites.

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