A RUM-soaked folk-punk collective who wowed a Tyneside audience only last month as a support band are heading back this weekend for their own headline show.
Skinny Lister, who sound like The Pogues, but with a female singer, are at The Culny 2 in Newcastle on Saturday night, hot on the heels of a well-received support slot for Chuck Ragan in the venue’s main room.
Anyone who’s seenthem can’t fail to have been impressed by their high-energy show, full of catchy choruses and goodtime vibe.
The band, formed in Greenwich, London, in 2009, were originally a five-piece, but added a drummer in 2013.
They’ve made quite a name for themselves on the live circuit, touring with the likes of Frank Turner, Flogging Molly and the Dropkick Murphys.
Their debut album, 2012’s Forge & Flagon, was full of lusty singalongs which mixed English folk, in your face sea shanties, traditional ditties and their own compositions.
Their music has a wonderfully infectious, upbeat vibe, and second album Down On Deptford Broadway, released this week on Xtra Mile Recordings, is more of the same.
They’ve held gigs in Land Rovers. They’ve sung while wing-walking. They’ve toured in a narrow boat. They’ve stomped and jigged on restaurant tables, in hotel lifts and in record label car parks.
And wherever they play you’ll find them dancing with the crowd, passing around their flagon of rum or crowd-surfing to the bar mid-song.
It’s not fake either: Even if you’re stone-cold sober, you’ll get drunk on their enthusiasm.
Mandolin player Max Thomas said: “We’re trying to push forward the sound we had on the first album. We don’t want to be static, we want to move with whatever influences are going on around us.”
Tickets for their show at The Cluny 2 are £9 from 230 4474.