Folk Punk heroes, SKINNY LISTER have wrapped up an extra special present for their fans and listeners everywhere this year ahead of their imminent Double Trouble Tour with Beans on Toast.
‘Christmas Calls’ is an epic new Christmas anthem which harks back to The Pogues all time classic, ‘Fairy Tale of New York’ while retaining an authentic Skinny Lister vibe. ‘Christmas Calls’ is arguably the most epic sounding record the band have produced to date.
While on tour with Dropkick Murphy’s earlier in 2017, the band shot and self-directed the accompanying video to Christmas Call’s which sees them trek across the scenic snow dusted hills of Austria and Germany. Shot on 1970’s Super 8 film and featuring behind the scenes tour action, the video is a Christmas postcard in itself.
Check it out here:
Speaking about the track Daniel Heptinstall says:
“I wrote this song in the lead up to last Christmas so I was in full festive spirit! I didn’t actually make a conscious decision to write a Christmas song, it wasn’t contrived in any way, it just arrived when I picked up the guitar one day. I am a big fan of a good Christmas track and that warm nostalgic feeling they can evoke. I’ve always had soft spot for a bit of Chris Rea when driving up North to see the family for Christmas, or the festive rush of nostalgia I get from those opening bars of The Pogues’ ‘Fairytale of New York’. I’m more than happy to throw a Skinny Lister one into the mix.”
Recorded at Rockfield Studios in Monmouth, Wales (where the band also recorded their previous album ‘Down On Deptford Broadway’), the track was produced by Tristan Ivemy, a kindred spirit also behind production on their acclaimed third LP ‘The Devil, The Heart & The Fight’.
Available to download and stream now, ‘Christmas Calls’ features on the band’s recently released 2-disc Deluxe Edition of ‘The Devil, The Heart, The Fight’ (out now on Xtra Mile Recordings). New songs ‘Thing Like That‘ and ‘Christmas Calls‘ lead the second CD of the new package before treating the listener to the frenetic energy of their live performances from the band’s biggest sold out London show to date at the Scala, and from the Roundhouse during Frank Turner’s Lost Evenings Festival both in May 2017.
You can also check out the band playing ‘Hamburg Drunk’ from the Roundhouse here with on the road footage taken from the weekend they performed at Hurricane, Southside and Glastonbury Festivals.
The bonus disc also features acoustic sessions from Paste in New York and the Xtra Mile Outside Broadcast truck which showcase the musical talents of a band that can not only give a full throttle performance on stage but are also able to strip it all back for more intimate renditions. The disc also features 4 tracks of live band banter, and ends with a lo-fi version of new track ‘Boy Ashore’ which offers an intriguing insight into a more raw and folkier side of Skinny Lister.
Skinny Lister are currently touring with the release across Europe, before heading for home to for the Double Trouble Tour Dates with Xtra Mile Label-mate Beans on Toast. Remaining dates as follows:
01 Copenhagen, Denmark – Pumpehuset
02 Oslo, Norway – Parkteatret
03 Stockholm, Sweden – Debaser Strand
04 Helsinki, Finland – Tavastia-klubi
07 Munich, Germany – Hansa 39 Feierwerk
08 Vienna, Austria – U4 Vienna
09 Linz, Austria – Stwst Stadtwerkstatt
10 Zürich, Switzerland – Dynamo
11 Stuttgart, Germany – Club-CANN
21 Leeds, UK – Stylus
22 Manchester, UK – O2 The Ritz
23 Glasgow, UK – Oran Mor
24 Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK – Newcastle University
25 Sheffield, UK – The Leadmill
28 Birmingham, UK – Glee Club
29 Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms
30 Norwich, UK – Waterfront
01 Cambridge, UK – Junction
02 Leicester, UK – Dryden Street Social
06 Cardiff, UK – The Globe
07 Southampton, UK – 1865
08 Exeter, UK – The Phoenix
09 Bristol, UK – SWX Bristol
10 London, UK – Koko
The full tracklisting is:
Tragedy in A Minor
Devil In Me
Beat It From the Chest
Fair Winds & Following Seas
Thing Like That (new song)
Christmas Calls (new song)
Band Chat – Roundhouse
Wanted (Live at London Roundhouse)
Hamburg Drunk (Live at London Roundhouse)
This Is War (Live at London Roundhouse)
Band Chat – Sessions
Injuries (Paste Session)
Tragedy In A Minor (Paste Session)
Geordie Lad (XMROB1 Truck Session)
Band Chat – Bootlegs
John Kanaka (London Scala Bootleg)
Cathy (London Scala Bootleg)
Bold As Brass (London Scala Bootleg)
Band chat – Boy Ashore
Boy Ashore (new song)