Post-punk pioneers, Skids are set to return with a special new acoustic album on No Bad Records on the 28th of June 2019.
‘Peaceful Times’, released on CD, limited edition white vinyl and available digitally, 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 featuresten new acoustic versions of songs from each phase of their long and varied career.
To coincide with the announcement of the new collection, Skids will share their new take on ‘Animation’; a track thatwas originally included on their second album ‘Days in Europa’.
Other highlights include ‘The Saints Are Coming’ and ‘Into The Valley’ from their 1979 debut album ‘Scared To Dance’, 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’.
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 that message is more relevant than ever”.
They also successfully toured throughout 2018 and are set to continue to play live across the UK this year at the following venues:
UK TOUR DATES
MAY 24TH BEARDED THEORY FESTIVAL
MAY 30TH MANCHESTER, GORILLA
MAY 31ST HOLMFIRTH, PICTUREDROME
JUN 01ST EDINBURGH, LIQUID ROOMS
JUN 07TH LEEDS, BRUDENELL
JUN 08TH NEWCASTLE, 02 ACADEMY
JUN 14TH ABERDEEN, LEMON TREE
JUN 15TH LET’S ROCK SCOTLAND
JUN 21ST LONDON, ROYAL ALBERT HALL
JUN 28TH GLASGOW, KELVINGROVE BANDSTAND
JUL 19TH GREENOCK, THE ALBANY
JUL 20TH STIRLING, DOUNE THE RABBIT HOLE
JUL 21ST REWIND SCOTLAND
AUG 03RD CARLISLE, BRICKYARD
AUG 04TH BLACKPOOL, REBELLION FESTIVAL
SEPTEMBER ACOUSTIC TOUR – AN EVENING WITH RICHARD JOBSON – SONGS AND STORIES (Special guests Jamie & Bruce Watson)
SEP 01ST MILTON KEYNES, THE STABLES
SEP 02ND LONDON, UNION CHAPEL
SEP 03RD BRISTOL, ST GEORGE’S
SEP 04TH LIVERPOOL, EPSTEIN THEATRE
SEP 05TH MANCHESTER, STROLLER HALL
SEP 06TH GLASGOW, ST LUKES
SEP 07TH INVERNESS, IRONWORKS
SEP 08TH ABERDEEN, TIVOLI THEATRE
SEP 09TH EDINBURGH, QUEENS HALL
SEP 10TH GATESHEAD, SAGE 2
DEC 28TH DUNFERMLINE, GLEN PAVILION (Joint headline with Big Country)
Richard Jobson is also set to unveil his latest novel in June, Into The Voidfollows last years part pop-culture sci-fi thriller, part love letter to David Bowie The Speed of Life. The new book, which is published by Bracketpress on the 21st of June, will be available to pre-order from here: http://bracketpress.co.uk