THE SKIDS – New Acoustic Album ‘Peaceful Times’ to be released 28 June 2019 on No Bad Records – plus UK TOUR DATES 2019 and new Jobson novel out soon.
I get exhausted just reading the Skids extensive press release… for a band of old codgers they just do not rest! Forever on the road, recording, writing, they are certainly making up for lost time -and always put on great shows. So here is all the latest news and tour dates…
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’.
(It’s quite drastically different to the full band electric version needless to say – but a whole different kind of wonderful!)
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’.
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”.
Album Track Listing:
01. ‘Into The Valley’
02. ‘World On Fire’
03. ‘Kings Of The New World Order’
04. ‘The Saints Are Coming’
06. ‘Hurry On Boys’
07. ‘Blood and Soil’
09. ‘Kreuzberg ‘79’
10. ‘Desert Dust’
Album available to pre-order here
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:
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 (Buzzcocks & Guests, Skids, Penetration)
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
This Skids Press Release was presented and edited by Ged Babey for LTW.