The Skints are a band from London, described by Clash Music as “the torchbearers for modern British reggae music.” With a sound that has been described as “music from Jamaica in a London style”, The Skints mix reggae, ska, dub, punk rock, dancehall, soul, grime and hip hop, touring extensively across the UK, Europe and the United States. Their album FM (2015) debuted at number 7 on the UK independent chart.
The Skints have time and again proved themselves one of the hardest touring bands in the UK, at one time racking up an average of 150 shows in a year, 3 years in a row. A seven-inch picture disc vinyl single, “Up Against The Wall” was released on Seven Inch Records in October 2010, featuring a dub version by prolific dub producer Mad Professor, “Where the Raggaman Go (Mad Professor meets The Skints).”
To date, The Skints have toured in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Finland, and Thailand, both headlining and as guests/support.
The Skints took to the stage amid the dense smoke and a few freshly installed sets of plants. The set got underway with the wonderful ‘Rubadub’ and at that precise second everyone packed into the sold out show in Brightons Concorde 2 was just there and into it. A great audience from what I could see, so many musical tastes and age ranges. I guess maybe its the fact that The Skints are just open to all. They are not a pure reggae/ska outfit, they also possess a rockier, punky sound and other influences all beautifully crafted and married to produce their sound. The skints continued working through a selection of songs which included Mindless, Rattatat, My War and Ghost Town.
A special shout to Marcia, center stage for the show. Marcia Richards played a variety of instruments as well as those sweet sounding vocals during the set. She had a huge keyboard in front of her producing some fine music and those samples. She switches roles and instruments during the set and this time it included a lovely sax.
Even though as a band they’re incredible, lets give a shout to Josh Waters Rudge’s guitar skills, and his brilliantly pace and the tones of his vocals. Josh stopped the set at one point to thank the Brighton fans for their loyal support and for selling out the venue!
Jon and Jamie
These guys worked in perfect unison, bass and drums. Good reggae sounds depend on a good overall mix, but these two just nailed it. Jamie at the back, in the dark almost, providing some superb drumming and also some top vocals. Jon, stage left, he played that bass, yep – he played that bass. At times the bass was so strong I think my intestines got re-arranged. A masterclass.
The set continued and included more from The Skints back catalogue, Tazer, Lets Stay Together, Eyes, Cost of Living, Forrest for the Tree. The band went off, and came back to the stage to be joined bu New Kingston, the guest support band for the last song of the night. And you can enjoy the sounds and the rythmns right here!
A great night of atmosphere, music, personalities and a terrific crowd at Brightons Concorde 2. Great job The Skints – we all went home happy! Well done to LOUT Promotions who continue to put on some great shows – support them and keep music live!
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Huge thanks to Camille P for her video and used with her permission.