The Skids – New Album & UK Tour Dates

The Skids – New Album & UK Tour Dates

NEW ALBUM – ‘BURNING CITIES’ – RELEASED – 12TH JANUARY 2018

40TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR – JANUARY – JUNE 2018

Four decades after they formed – in the white-hot summer of 1977 – The Skids are back. The post-punk pioneers, currently on a hugely successful comeback tour, will release their fifth album ‘Burning Cities’ on the 12th of January 2018.

‘Burning Cities’, produced by Verve & Primal Scream collaborator Youth, features eleven brand new tracks including the current single, ‘A World On Fire’, which is available now at all the major outlets here:

http://www.resident-music.com/productdetails&product_id=52322

https://www.roughtrade.com/gb/music/burning-cities

http://hyperurl.co/SkidsAWorldOnFire

The new album re-unites the original band members of Richard Jobson (vocals), Bill Simpson (bass) and Mike Baillie (drums). Stepping in for the late Stuart Adamson is his long-time Big Country band mate Bruce Watson while Jamie Watson provides additional guitar duties.

 

“I’m incredibly excited about this album. This music is at the heart of everything our band is about: truth, revolution, loud guitars and a refusal to keep quiet as the establishment tries to smother chances for anyone other than its own.” – Richard Jobson

The arrival of ‘Burning Cities’ coincides with the fortieth anniversary of the first-ever Skids record, the ‘No Bad’ EP, which introduced the Scottish post-punk pioneers to a whole new audience courtesy of one of their biggest fans, Radio 1’s legendary new music champion John Peel.

The Skids signed to Virgin Records in May 1978 and that same month the band recorded a session for John Peel that included songs such as ‘The Saints Are Coming’, ‘Of One Skin’ and ‘Contusion’ and set out an innovative template for the post-punk era. “We were fearless in the beginning,” recalls Jobson, who was still just seventeen years old when The Skids recorded their first Top Of The Pops appearance for their Virgin debut “Sweet Suburbia’

Released in February 1979 the band’s debut album ‘Scared To Dance’ was a masterpiece of brooding atmospheres and anthemic lung-busting moments such as the irresistible ‘Into The Valley’, which gave the band their first Top 10 hit.

After a second Top 20 hit, with ‘Masquerade’, original drummer Tam Kellichan left and was replaced by Rich Kids / Visage sticks man Rusty Egan in time for the follow-up album ‘Days In Europa’ released just eight months later in October 1979. Recorded with avant-garde innovator Bill Nelson, it expanded the band’s guitar-driven sound to embrace keyboards and synthesisers, spawning two further Top 40 hits ‘Charade’ and ‘Working For The Yankee Dollar’.

Mike Baillie took over on drums for the third Skids album ‘The Absolute Game’ – which combined the best aspects of both their previous albums, particularly on singles such as ‘Circus Games’ and the brilliantly inventive ‘Goodbye Civilian’. Though Adamson left to form Big Country during the initial recording sessions, the band managed one more album, ‘Joy’ (which itself included superb singles such as ‘Fields’ and ‘Iona’), before dissolving.

While Adamson went on to million-selling success with Big Country, Jobson formed the much under-rated Armoury Show with John McGeoch before going on to become a hugely successful independent movie director with acclaimed cinema releases such as 16 Years Of Alcohol, The Purifiers and Wayland’s Song.

In the summer of 2017, to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of the first-ever Skids gig, the reunited band set out on tour, selling out iconic venues such as London’s Roundhouse, Glasgow’s ABC and Nottingham’s Rock City. The shows were a triumph, full of joy, adrenaline thrills and an urge once again to kick against the pricks.

“In 1977, we were singing songs about what we saw as a world in crisis”. says Jobson today. “Today that message is more relevant than ever. ‘Burning Cities’ is packed full of punk rock protest songs. It’s an album we’re very proud of  – and we can’t wait to share it.”

The band will continue their 40th Anniversary UK shows throughout 2018 beginning with two shows in January at King Tuts Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow and culminating in London at the 02 Shepherds Bush Empire on the 30th of June 2018.


LIVE DATES:

JAN 10TH KING TUTS WAH WAH HUT, GLASGOW Buy Tickets

JAN 11TH KING TUTS WAH WAH HUT, GLASGOW Buy Tickets

JAN 12TH  THE LEMON TREE, ABERDEEN Buy Tickets

JAN 18TH  GEORGIAN THEATRE – STOCKTON www.seetickets.com

 

JAN 19TH  THE WATERFRONT, NORWICH www.agmp.co.uk

JAN 20TH  THE EMPIRE, COVENTRY Buy Tickets

JAN 21ST   PRESTON GUILD HALL, PRESTON www.prestonguildhall.co.uk

 

JAN LEAS  CLIFF HALL, FOLKESTONE

 

JAN 27TH  PYRAMID CENTRE, PORTSMOUTH

FEB 09TH  GLEN PAVILION, DUNFERMLINE

FEB 10TH  THE VENUE, DUMFRIES

 

MAY 27TH  CORN EXCHANGE, BEDFORD

 

JUN 01ST   PICTUREDROME, HOLMFIRTH Buy Tickets

 

JUN 02ND  02 RITTZ, MANCHESTER Buy Tickets

 

JUN 07TH  SUB 89 & THE BOWERY DISTRICT, READING Buy Tickets

 

JUN 08TH  CHEESE AND GRAIN, FROME  Buy Tickets

 

JUN 09TH  TRAMSHED, CARDIFF  Buy Tickets

 

JUN 15TH  BRUDENELL SOCIAL CLUB, LEEDS 

 

JUN 16TH  02 ACADEMY, NEWCASTLE  Buy Tickets

 

JUN 22ND  THE RESCUE ROOMS NOTTINGHAM

 

JUN 23RD  02 ACADEMY, LIVERPOOL

 

JUN 27TH  THE WEDGEWOOD ROOMS, PORTSMOUTH  Buy Tickets

 

JUN 28TH  ROBIN 2, WOLVERHAMPTON  Buy Tickets

 

JUN 29TH CONCORDE 2, BRIGHTON Buy Tickets

 

JUN 30TH  02 SHEPHERDS BUSH EMPIRE, LONDON  Buy Tickets


 

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