Quite how the Skints haven’t received one mention for 2012 is beyond me. Maybe it’s because theyaren’t signed to a record label, maybe it’s because they don’t play the âËgame’ but considering the East London reggae punks were the most exciting live band in London Town in 2011 it’s a glaring omission.
Their second album, due for release in March on their own label and via pledge music, will be just about the most âËnow’ sounding release of the year, a musical hybrid of styles and genres all wrapped around a pure love of reggae and next month’s punk rock grime meets dancehall single âËRatatat’ will be a tasty preview of what’s to come.
Not only creative and inventive musically but they look fantastic too, like a band should, and follow in that strong London tradition of groups who could only sound like they do if they came from the capital. Renowned for live cover versions, their take on Katy B’s âËOn A Mission’ clocked up over 20,000 views on you tube in its first week.
The Skints are the band to check out in 2012.
Think Riot Grrrl, think US early 90s indie and think C86 DIY with a punk rock attitude and you’ll get a good image of Colour me Wednesday. From one of the lesser known outer London suburbs (Cowley) CMW have spent the last couple of years honing their sound and sharpening up their live act to a stage where they are now real contenders. Led by the Doveton sisters they release their own limited edition CD singles, each with different handmade sleeves, and remind you of a time when DIY wasn’t a quirk but a natural way for a band to conduct its business. Lyrically, they’re leaps and bounds ahead of most bands and have a song called âËPurge Your Inner Tory’ which probably sums up the state of the UK these days as well as anything.
It’s quite difficult to actually hear or get to see the Tuts as they rarely play live and are a bit random at the best of times, but it’s worth tracking them down as this West London three piece buzz like a female version of the Libertines. From the same town as the Ruts, with only a letter difference, the Tuts are a bundle of attitude and suss. Mates with Colour Me Wednesday, who’s Harriet often plays bass with them, they include a wicked cover of the Clash’s âËRudie Can’t fail’ in their live set.
The stand out new band on Do The Dog’s recent round up of the UK Ska scene Miacca are the latest in a long line of excellent ska related bands from Wales, sharing a common thread with Cardiff’s Dirty Revolution and fitting nicely as the latest recruits into the lively ska/punk world. Their debut âËLove and Anger’ EP is brimming with potential and includes a song about George Galloway which should be recommendation enough.
Eight piece ska/punk kids from the Wycombe area with three female vocalists and a lone saxophone player who whip up a fair storm live. Their debut EP has been a frustratingly long time coming but they add a different dimension to the genre and are well worth keeping an eye on.