FRIDAY APRIL 1ST - DOORS 7PM
DRY BAR LIVE, OLDHAM STREET, MANCHESTER
£6 online from We Got Tickets / See Tickets (plus mobile phones from Ticketsense - Text skintmanchester to 82028)
* Tickets include a free Skint & Demoralised poetry zine featuring rare lyrics / poetry not available online - only available to advance online / mobile tickets *
PLUS SUPPORT FROM
The Shang Highs
SKINT AND DEMORALISED
When Wakefield spoken word artist Matt Abbott (now 22) formed a musical collaboration with Sheffield-based producer MiNI dOG on MySpace in May 2007, neither of them could have guessed what would happen next. After just 6 months they received national airplay on BBC Radio 1 from Steve Lamacq and Colin Murray, and within 9 months they’d signed a lucrative record deal with Mercury Records (Universal).
Their time with Mercury was a rollercoaster ride; from being flown out to New York to record their debut album with The Dap-Kings (who also played on Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black”) to playing in front of four disinterested fishermen in the Scottish Highlands, there hardly seemed to be a dull moment.
Singles “The Thrill of Thirty Seconds”, “This Song Is Definitely Not About You” and “Red Lipstick” gained wide levels of national airplay in 2008 and 2009, which allowed Skint & Demoralised to start building a following. They toured the UK in February 2009 (which included a date at the Roadhouse in Manchester) before being a success on the major festival circuit. However, when Mercury decided not to release their album it looked as though S&D’s short and hectic life was coming to a premature end.
Abbott always peppers their live performances with short bursts of spoken word; a testament to influences John Cooper Clarke and Jon McClure, which always adds a unique aspects to their gigs. He also performed a spoken word/stand-up gig at Manchester’s Night & Day just before Christmas which, apart from one Winehouse-esque heckler, proved to be a huge success.
Fast-forward to 2011 and they’re back on the gigging circuit; this time without a major record deal, but with a second album ready to launch and a live band ready to blow the socks off their audiences. Brand new tracks such as “The Lonely Hearts of England”, “43 Degrees” and “Fireworks” have proved to be popular on the band’s YouTube page, so make sure you bring yourself along to see what the band have to offer. As you already know...there’s never a dull moment.