Four decades after they formed – in the white-hot summer of 1977 – post-punk pioneers The Skids are back and set to continue their hugely successful comeback tour with more UK shows throughout June, July and August 2018.
The band will resume touring on Friday the 1st of June at the Picturedrome in Holmfirth and the dates include an appearance at the Isle of Wight Festival on the 24th of June and a London show at the 02 Shepherds Bush Empire on Saturday the 30th of June 2018.
They recently released their fifth album ‘Burning Cities’ on No Bad Records in January. Produced by Verve & Primal Scream collaborator Youth, the album features eleven brand new tracks and re-united the original band members of Richard Jobson (vocals), Bill Simpson (bass) and Mike Baillie (drums). Long-time Big Country band mate Bruce Watson stepped in for the late Stuart Adamson while Jamie Watson provides additional guitar duties.
The arrival of ‘Burning Cities’ coincided 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.
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.”