Roaring drunk in Hamburg. Locked in a bunker in Berlin. Tearing up the road in New York and Tokyo. Dreaming of Cairo. The wide-eyed, rump-shaking world of folk punk heroes Skinny Lister is broadening by the record. If their folk debut celebrated the sticks and their punkier second blinked in the bright lights of London, their rocked-up third, The Devil, The Heart & The Fight, sees them go global.
“The first album [Forge & Flagon] was quite rural,” says singer, guitarist and one-time chief of the stomp-box Dan Heptinstall, whilst the second [Down On Deptford Broadway] was very London-centric. With this latest album, because we’ve done so much traveling, it was broadening out a bit, it’s more on-the-road. We cobbled the songs together all across the world. Every day we’d be going into different dive rehearsal studios all over America, Germany and the UK. Anti-Flag let us use their space in Pittsburgh. In Berlin we used a bunker, an old air raid shelter from the war and they’d converted into a rehearsal rooms.”
“We got locked in!” adds singer and dancer Lorna Thomas. “The owners were like ‘see you at six’ and then the guys wanted a ciggy and went upstairs to have a smoke and started panicking… ‘We can’t get out of here’.”
As folk rock’s rowdiest rabble since 2009, Skinny’s world has always been an adventure-filled place to be. They’ve held gigs in Land Rovers. They’ve sung while wing-walking. They’ve toured in a narrow boat. They’ve stomped and jigged on restaurant tables, in hotel elevators and in record label car parks. And, as their two previous albums sent them reeling into the hearts of America, the UK, Germany and Japan – on headline tours and stints with Frank Turner, Flogging Molly, Dropkick Murphys and the Vans Warped Tour - wherever they play their lusty shanties, punk folk roar-alongs and crazed whirls of love, fighting and booze, you’ll still find them out dancing with the crowd, passing around their flagon of rum or crowd-surfing to the bar, double-bass in hand, to neck shots mid-song. Make no bones – Skinny Lister are the wildest party band you’ll ever get drunk with. And you will get drunk with them.