London ska-punks, Imperial Leisure have announced a run of special ‘Bad Skanta’ guerrilla gigs to coincide with the release of a new single on Altska / Indiesonics on the 15th of December 2017.
‘Animal’, one of the stand out tracks from the band’s current album ‘Lifestyle Brand’, is freshly remixed by James Bragg at J&J Studio and will be available to stream and download on all platforms and will also be released on limited edition seven-inch vinyl.
‘Bad Skanta’, Imperial Leisure’s annual Christmas charity bash takes to the streets again from the 9th to the 16th of December to raise money for those in need. The series of short impromptu performances on the streets of town centres in cities across the country sees Imperial Leisure perform four songs in each location and then have a collection for charity at the end. Last year they raised just under £1000 for CALM and The Louise Hamilton Trust. This years chosen charity has yet to be announced.
The live dates are the first of many that the band will be playing in the UK and Europe over the coming months in the build up to the tenth anniversary of the release of their debut album ‘The Art Of Saying Nothing’ next year. Imperial Leisure will celebrate this milestone with the release of a special new deluxe edition featuring the original album together with bonus tracks and new mixes.
Originally formed in 2008, the current line up of Denis Smith (vocals), Scott Vining (drums), Ben Bridges (guitar), Jack Emmings (bass), Richard Cox (keys) and Rob O’Neale (trumpet) – together with trombonists Steph Faulkner (Mad Apple Circus) and Russel Spencer (Ghouls / The King Blues) and on trumpet Ken Brown (Shanty), Dave Medland (Dub Pistols) and Elliot Phelps (Cut Capers / The King Blues / Lux Lisbon)have built a reputation as one of the most exciting and unpredictable live bands around. Drawing influence from bands such as The Specials, Roots Manuva, Less Than Jake, Youngblood Brass Band, Rage Against the Machine and The Streets they’ve now released three acclaimed albums and toured the UK and Europe extensively, most recently with Hot 8 Brass Band on their recent tour.
As well as the ‘Bad Skanta’ guerilla shows, Imperial Leisure will also host ‘Skankfest’ at The Fleece in Bristol on the 10th of December with support from amongst others Jaya The Cat. The bandwill announce more UK and European dates over the next few months.
DEC 10TH ‘SKANKFEST’, THE FLEECE, BRISTOL (w/ Jaya The Cat)