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Sheffield band reveal topical video for new track 'Washing My Hands'

Sheffield’s The Buffalo Skinners are back with an educational video demonstrating their take on the official World Health Organisation hand washing steps. ' W ashing My Hands' - the first taste of the bands' upcoming new album - will be released digitally on 24th April, via Loose Chat Records.

Following on in the same style as 2019s double A-Side 'Do What You Want/You Say Love, But You Mean Hate' ‘Washing My Hands’ was recorded live to two-inch tape with Lee Smith and Jamie Lockhart at Leeds' Greenmount studios. (The Cribs, Easy Life, The Vaccines.) The song has been described by a close friend of the band (who wishes to remain anonymous) as "Catchy as Covid-19." Too soon? Too soon.

Greenmount studio is the proud owner of the very tape machine that recorded The Beatles studio sessions in Hamburg in the early 60s, being one of Pete and James' go-to bands, they recorded ‘Washing Your Hands’ with a nod to Rubber Soul wide panning the bass and drums and tracking the vocals.

Despite sounding like it was written with the Coronavirus in mind, songwriter Peter Seccombe says 'Washing My Hands' is about becoming content with unwanted change in your life.

"When you're stuck and you can't see no way out. The lightbulb flashes above your head. You can just wave goodbye, shut the door or wash your hands."

In the video to 'Washing My Hands' the playful nursery rhyme singsong style syncs with Peter Seccombe (Guitar and Vocals) delivering an enthusiastic Jamie Oliver style cookery-programme presentation, that has him demonstrating a thorough hand scrubbing, juggling bars of soap and drinking red wine. (Perhaps more Keith Floyd)?

The video was made one afternoon just days before the national UK lockdown was announced by Boris Johnson. James Nicholls (fiddle, piano and vocals) who shot and edited the video added: "We wanted to get some additional footage of Pete heading off to a farmers market, talking to vendors about their soap, but I think now that would be deemed inessential travel."

Melting together the 60's stylings of The Beatles and The Band with more modern groups like Felice Brothers, the group now have three full length studio albums under their belts over their decade long career, the most recent of these being 2016’s ‘Cease Your Dreaming’ produced by Mercury Prize nominated Colin Eliot (Richard Hawley, Kylie, Slow Club).

The Buffalo Skinners paint from a broad palette of influence, but maintain their core sound through James Nicholls' unmistakable violin playing and Peter Seccombe's sharp British lyricism. The band are working on a fourth full length album, which they have recently posted a kickstarter to help fund after losing out on bookings due to the Corona Virus.

The Buffalo Skinners are: Peter Seccombe (guitar & vocals), James Nicholls (violin, piano & vocals) David Haynes (bass), Phil Nixon (guitar & vocals) and Miles Stapleton (drums)

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