BURNING CITIESTHE SKIDS – New album announced ‘BURNING CITIES’ is released on 12th January  2018  and as a taster a track from it – ‘A WORLD ON FIRE’ is out today. 


I wrote a seemingly over-the-top review of the Skids live back in June this year.  It was all true though.  “The buzz generated by the return of the Skids to the nationwide tour circuit has created enough electricity to power a small town for a year.” I said.

When I interviewed Richard ‘May I call you Jobbo?’ Jobson he said; “Plaudits mean nothing. Action means everything” and now – here is some studio action….  (Take over Mr PR man…)

Four decades after they formed – in the white-hot summer of 1977 – The Skids are back. The post-punk pioneers, currently on a hugely successful comeback tour, will release their fifth album ‘Burning Cities’ on the 12th of January 2018.

A special preview track – the incendiary ‘A World On Fire’ – will be available on Spotify, iTunes and other streaming platforms from today the 19th of October 2017.

The song and forthcoming album were produced by Verve and Primal Scream studio legend Youth, re-unites founder members Richard Jobson (vocals) and Bill Simpson (bass) with Mike Baillie (drums). Stepping in for the late Stuart Adamson is his long-time Big Country band mate Bruce Watson. Additional guitar duties are provided by Jamie Watson.

“I’m incredibly excited about this album. This music is at the heart of everything our band is about: truth, revolution, loud guitars and a refusal to keep quiet as the establishment tries to smother chances for anyone other than its own.” – Richard Jobson

The new album release coincides with the fortieth anniversary of the first-ever Skids record, the ‘No Bad’ EP.

“In 1977, we were singing songs about what we saw as a world in crisis”. says Jobson today. “Today that message is more relevant than ever. ‘Burning Cities’ is packed full of punk rock protest songs. It’s an album we’re very proud of – and we can’t wait to share it.”

Personally, I have to be honest, it takes a few listens …. before it clicks.  This is still the Skids we know and love but they are not feeling the need to over-play or give it the speed and pace of a youthful band.  There is a sly nod to ‘Teen Spirit’ in there and then all the trademarks of the bands sound ( Skid-marks surely?).  Mr J is in fine voice too -and the lyrics?  Well, they don’t need much explaining.   As well as echo-ing former glories, it is still a fresh sounding clarion call of a song.  A majestic and dignified return by a band who now seem as if they never went away. 

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Friday 17th – Town Hall – Paisley (Skids & Big Country)

Wednesday 10th January – King Tuts Wah Wah Hut – Glasgow
Thursday 11th January – King Tuts Wah Wah Hut – Glasgow
Friday 12th January – The Lemon Tree – Aberdeen
Thursday 18th January – Georgian Theatre – Stockton
Friday 19th January – The Waterfront – Norwich
Saturday 20th January – The Empire – Coventry
Sunday 21st January – Live Venue, Preston Guild Hall – Preston

Friday 9th February – Glen Pavilion – Dunfermline

JUNE 2018
Friday 1st June – Picturedrome – Holmfirth
Saturday 2nd June – O2 – Manchester
Thursday 7th June – Sub 89 – Reading
Friday 8th June – Cheese & Grain – Frome
Saturday 9th June – Tramshed – Cardiff
Saturday 16th June – O2 Academy – Newcastle
Wednesday 27th June – Wedgewood Rooms – Portsmouth
Thursday 28th June – Robin 2 – Bilston
Friday 29th June – Concorde 2 – Brighton
Saturday 30th June – Shepherds Bush Empire – London


All words (where not indicated) Ged Babey



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Ged Babey is 56. from Southampton, has written since 1985 for Sound Info, Due South, various fanzines and websites, contributed to Record Collector magazine and was sole author of 'Punk Throwback' fanzine -the name of which was taken from an insult hurled at him by the singer with a young band he managed for a while. Ged believes that all good music and art has a connection with punk rock.


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