We love new music and up and coming bands here, and spotted something special at the sold-out 100 Club gig last night. Meet The Skinner Brothers, the Weekend Offender wearing band from London who This Feeling described as “A band who’ll be headlining venues like Brixton Academy sooner rather than later.”
Led by charismatic frontman Zac Skinner, with a variety of bandmates including his brother at one point, hence the name. The current line-up is completed by Joe Fisher (guitar), Perry Meadowcroft (bass) and Alfie Clayton (drums).
With songs such as away days, it’s clear they sing about the culture that means something to the Londoners in their 20’s; Football, sex, drugs, love and drink. It’s not really been done since The Streets and it led to getting the attention of Mike Skinners’ US management team Magus Entertainment. The breakthrough is imminent. Three huge outdoor shows with The Streets are coming up in London and Manchester.
Naturally, Zac is the driving force behind the band, leaving his native Basingstoke in Hampshire to make the short journey to West London at 18 determined to be a musician. While working in Boots, he’d busk and write songs in the local park to avoid disturbing his housemates.
To date the band have only released EP’s but have supported The Libertines after impressing co-frontman Carl Barât. With fans like Robert Carlyle, the future looks promising.
The Skinner Brothers’ recent EP ‘Iconic’ lifted up to its name, winning the rising indie rock ‘n’ rollers a rush of tastemaker attention. Its title track was premiered by Steve Lamacq at 6 Music as further airplay soon followed at Radio X, BBC Radio London, RTÉ and Islington Radio, while strong strides were made at streaming too, with Best New Bands and Fresh Indie playlists at Amazon Music.
The Skinner Brothers have now launched their brand new EP ‘Culture Non-top’ alongside its lead single and title track.
‘Culture Non-Stop’ wastes no time getting down to business, as the title track highlights their potential as the next great hope of essential British guitar music; raw garage-rock with indie disco immediacy and a rousing soulful edge.
‘Told You So’ then flies with a brighter, buoyant tone, boosted by spiralling guitars and an atmospheric breakdown that’s sure to be hollered back at them during future live shows.
The pace drops briefly for ‘Jericho Star’, a rare sun-kissed expression of love from frontman Zac Skinner, before closing with the gritty psyche-tinged ‘Mountain High’.
As with ‘Iconic’, the ‘Culture Non-Stop’ EP was produced by Zac at his home studio in Brentford, west London, and subsequently mixed by the Grammy-nominated James Krausse.
The Skinner Brothers Tour Dates
13th – London, 100 Club (HEADLINE SHOW – SOLD OUT)
21st – London, Crystal Palace Bowl (with The Streets)
22nd – London, Crystal Palace Bowl (with The Streets)
29th – Preston, The Ferret, Glastonferret Festival
24th – Manchester, Castlefield Bowl (with The Streets)
2nd – Leeds, Temple Newsam Park (with The Music)