Skids have announced an acoustic album with a re-working of some of their best known songs, as well as a tour, Getintothis’ Peter Goodbody has the info.
Skids maybe the last band you’d have thought would go acoustic. But they have this time around.
There’s a new album on No Bad Records called Peaceful Times (presumably as a contrast with last year’s Burning Cities) and is a new take on some of the band’s best known numbers.
To coincide with the announcement, there’s a new version of the classic Into The Valley: a single that originally featured on their 1979 debut album Scared To Dance. Available wherever you get your music online.
Peaceful Times is to be released on CD, limited edition white vinyl and available digitally.
It was recorded recently by the founding band members of Richard Jobson (vocals), Bill Simpson (bass) and Mike Baillie (percussion) together with Bruce Watson, Martin Metcalfe and Jamie Watson (guitars) in their hometown of Dunfermline and features ten new acoustic versions of songs from each phase of their long and varied career.
Highlights include The Saints Are Coming also from Scared To Dance, Animation from second album Days in Europa, takes on Desert Dust, World On Fire and Kings Of The New World Order from last year’s critically acclaimed collection Burning Cities and a brand new composition entitled Kreuzberg ‘79.
Album Track Listing:
01. ‘Into The Valley’
02. ‘World On Fire’
03. ‘Kings Of The New World Order’
04. ‘The Saints Are Coming’
06. ‘Hurry On Boys’
07. ‘Blood and Soil’
09. ‘Kreuzberg ‘79’
10. ‘Desert Dust’
Skids frontman Richard Jobson explains the recording of Peaceful Times:
“After recording a new album ‘Burning Cities’ we played all over the UK. It was difficult not to smile with joy every night. Amidst all of this happy madness Bruce and I played a few songs acoustically at a charity night in our hometown of Dunfermline. This was something I thought could never be done. These songs were written to be played with electric guitars after all. But the songs had a different power when played acoustically – a new energy – triumph, rage, camaraderie, and a positivity that has always been and will always be the motivation of the bands music and words”.
In the summer of 2017, to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of the first ever Skids gig, the re-united 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”.
The band also successfully toured throughout 2018 and are set to continue to play live across the UK this year at the following venues:
Jun 21 London, Royal Albert Hall
Jun 28 Glasgow, Kelvingrove Bandstand
Jul 19 Greenock, The Albany
Jul 20 Stirling, Doune the Rabbit Hole
Jul 21 Rewind Scotland
Aug 03 Carlisle, Brickyard
Aug 04 Blackpool, Rebellion
September acoustic tour – an evening with Richard Jobson, songs and stories (Special guests Jamie & Bruce Watson)
Se 01 Milton Keynes, The Stables
Sep 02 London, Union Chapel
Sep 03 Bristol, St George’s
Sep 04 Liverpool, Epstein Theatre
Sep 05 Manchester Stroller Hall
Sep 06 Glasgow, St Lukes
Sep 07 Inverness, The Ironworks
Sep 08 Aberdeen, Tivoli Theatre
Sep 09 Edinburgh, Queens Hall
Sep 10 Gateshead, Sage 2
Dec 28 Dunfermline, Glen Pavilion (Joint headline with Big Country)
Richard Jobson has also unveiled his latest novel, Into The Void which follows last years part pop-culture sci-fi thriller, part love letter to David Bowie, The Speed of Life. The new book, which was published by Bracketpress on June 21, is avilable now.