Skinny Lister: The Story Is…

Skinny Lister, but refined: think sipping a vintage wine on a Friday evening

Hold onto your flagons, Skinny Lister are back!

The London five-piece have been responsible for folk-punk bangers Trouble On Oxford Street and Six Whiskiesand have taken their signature live show around the world in the meantime.

With new album The Story Is… however, the bands’ roots are tested like never before. Those honest, folky intentions of previous albums are scarce; instead, we witness a mix of britpop, disco, punk and balladry. This is Skinny Lister, but refined: think sipping a vintage wine on a Friday evening rather than downing from a flagon in a field.


Effortless vocals come courtesy of Lorna Thomas and Daniel Hepinstall, who at times sound reminiscent of Dolly Parton and Jarvis Cocker respectively. The latter is especially audible on Diesel Vehicle, which could sit on 1995’s Different Class with ease. Behind the characteristic dual vocal delivery, we find a more textured musical sound. In fact, Rattle & Roar is probably the only track on this album that truly sounds like the Skinny Lister of old, with fiddles and a traditional folk feel.

Beyond that, we’re treated to a wealth of more complex and contemporary sounds that feel more like a pop record than previous output. Don’t give that any negative connotations, however; this album manages to feel much more all-encompassing than ever before. At times it strays into ‘middle of the road’ but only briefly. Moreover, it displays the same trademark storytelling, but in a new attire: never falling into the trap of being boring.

The pick of the album for me is Artist Arsonist. Not the best track on the album, but probably the best example of a hybrid of new and old sounds: one listen to this should give you a good footing for what the rest of the album holds. Stop & Breathe is a beautifully dainty acoustic track, coupled with a great message.

Like all good Skinny Lister albums, this is begging to be heard live. Fortunately, for fans in the UK and Europe, you can catch them on their Spring tour!






28th – Brighton Concorde 2


1st – Norwich Arts Centre

2nd – Southampton 1865

6th – Bristol Fleece

7th – Glasgow King Tuts

8th – Leeds Key Club

9th – Leicester Academy


13th – Berlin SO36

14th – Kiel Orange Club

15th – Erfurt Kalif Storch

16th – Prague Futurum

17th – Nurnberg Der Hirsch

19th – Frankfurt Batschkapp

20th – Wien Arena

21st – Munich Strom

22nd – Bern Bierhubeli

23rd – Zurich Dynamo

26th – Paris La Maroquinerie

27th – Rouen Le 106

28th – Amsterdam Paradiso Noord

29th – Cologne Stollwerk

30th – Antwerp Kavka



3rd – Edinburgh The Mash House

4th – Newcastle Riverside

5th – Nottingham Rescue Rooms

6th – Manchester Club Academy 2

10th – Cambridge Junction 1

11th – London Electric Ballroom


Tickets for all dates are on sale now from:

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