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Skids Announce New Acoustic Album + New Single

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 features ten 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 that was originally included on their second album ‘Days in Europa’.

‘Animation’https://soundcloud.com/theskidsmusic/animation-acoustic-version/s-JrnAX

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’.

Album Track Listing:

01. ‘Into The Valley’

02. ‘World On Fire’

03. ‘Kings Of The New World Order’

04. ‘The Saints Are Coming’

05. ‘Animation’

06. ‘Hurry On Boys’

07. ‘Blood and Soil’

08. ‘Fields’

09. ‘Kreuzberg ‘79’

10. ‘Desert Dust’

Album available to pre-order here:https://theskids.myshopify.com

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 Void follows 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

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