THE SKINNER BROTHERS - ‘Away Days’ Out Now - Blaggers Records
“It is epic, it feels extremely nostalgic, that feeling of living in a small home town in the teenager stage, it really takes me back to hanging out with my mates, messing around and going to watch games together, it's a great song” - Liberty Phelps, Hoxton Radio
“Charismatic four-some delivering some impish, rebellious thrills.” - Clash Magazine
“I know people that are desperate for football and this song sums it all up, 'Away Days' from The Skinner Brothers" - Janice Long, BBC Radio Wales
London based four piece The Skinner Brothers released their latest single ‘Away Days’, on 12th June across all digital formats via Blaggers Records with digital distribution by Horus Music.
‘Away Days’ is an ode to missing your real passion - in the lads case, that’s football mania and is inspired by the build up to an away game during the football season, a feeling which so many are missing during lockdown’s suspension of the football season. However the song’s sentiments translate just as well towards all weekend activities, everything that’s not there anymore, day trips to the theme park, days out at the beach, and even time spent dodging the seagulls scoffing chips whilst drinking in the sunshine. The relatability of the song is truly universal to the times that we currently live in, especially during lockdown and self isolation periods, with the band saying themselves that shared spirit is what matters the most going on to say, “The best thing about football to me is bringing people together, the sense of family and friendship that comes with being together home or away.”
Frontman and songwriter Zachary Charles Skinner, stated “The song arose from my love of football culture, I'd been wanting to write a song that captures the essence of match-day for a long while and with "Away Days" I feel I've done it. The song takes inspiration from the jukebox classics played in the pubs, along with the fashion togetherness that the football brings!" Football culture and guitar music go hand in hand, and the band state that it is one of their passions, and indeed influences their fashion sense. The band feel that the togetherness of football fans encourages camaraderie, which is desperately needed by the public during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The English FA plans to conclude this year’s Premiership and Championship, with games starting behind closed doors on June 17th.
Speaking of the suspension of the football season Zachary commented, “It’s a lifestyle so it changed a lot of what that weekend routine was all about. I miss home games and I know what it means to the travelling away fans in particular so I’m hoping this tune will really get them warm up for the return.” The singer continued by saying, “It's definitely changed my weekends. Without the distraction of the game it has meant I'm spending more time writing, so not all bad I guess!”
With the Premiership and Championship having resumed behind closed doors, he feels there's a similarity a lot of bands will connect with, "That's going to be tough for them I assume. I can only relate to playing a festival or gig in the tent with no background noise or cheering etc. I think it will be strange for them as they won't have that extra push. It’s going to be difficult for all teams losing the advantage of a strong home and away support. Often it’s the difference, so it’s going to be interesting to see who takes advantage in these next few games."
Having formed in 2018, the band quickly gained a loyal following. After touring with The Libertines, The Skinner Brothers went on to release their debut single ‘Watchu’, which has since received over 475,000 Spotify streams. Another milestone for the band soon followed, as they supported Rat Boy at Camden’s Electric Ballroom. The Skinner Brothers devoted fan base has grown significantly over the past 12 months, particularly on Spotify. The band have achieved over 1,300,000 million streams on the platform, and this is due in part to their inclusion on editorial playlist such as Fresh Finds, Hot New Bands, and The Punk List. The band’s latest headline show, which took place in February at The Stag’s Head Hoxton, sold out in 4 hours, and the band are eager to return to the stage as soon as they possibly can.
It’s hard to pinpoint The Skinner Brothers to a specific genre, as the band has an eclectic sound which draws influences from many styles including Indie Rock, Jazz, Hip-Hop and Punk. The Skinner Brothers are Zachary Charles Skinner vocals & guitars, Chris Humpries lead guitar, Oliver New bass, Alfie Clayton drums.
Airplay: Phil Taggart, BBCR1; John Kennedy, Radio X. BBC Music Introducing, London; Janice Long, BBC Radio Wales; Hoxton Radio; Sonic Sundays; Soundlab Radio: Playlisting; Valley 89.5 FM, Australia; Diverse FM, Transmission Luton. Blogs: TotalNtertainment, Indie Central Music, Indie Pulse Music. Spotify: Fresh Finds, Hot New Bands, The Punk List - over 1.3 Million Streams.