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Single Review: Skindred – Big Tings

Whenever I hear the name Skindred I’m immediately transported back to the monsoon that was Download 2016. Stood at the top of the hill, squinting through the rain down at the Zippo Stage like your nan trying to read the paper after a few gins while Skindred smashed out tune after tune is a memory that has been etched in my brain ever since.

Big Tings is the latest single to be taken from the band’s upcoming new album of the same name. The follow up to 2015’s Volume is set for release on 27th April. I’ve seen a little criticism saying that the track isn’t heavy or gritty enough, but you know what, bands change and evolve, and this is the sound of Skindred in 2018, and for my money Big Tings bangs. Put the band on any stage in the world and this track, along with that chorus takes the roof off, it’s as simple as that. The nod to Billy Squire’s Big Beat is a nice touch without coming off as cheesy while lyrically the track touches on –

“The duality of having a burning, driving ambition (or ideas above your station) whilst being continually set back and plagued by your demons, vices, bad habits and neurosis and so on.” (Drummer Arya Goggin)

The accompanying lyric video was produced by Very Metal Art.

You can pre-order the new album from http://radi.al/BigTings and catch the band live with special guests CKY and Danko Jones when they head out on their ‘Start The Machine Tour’ across the UK next month.

19.04.18 UK – Norwich / UEA

20.04.18 UK – Southampton / 02 Guildhall

21.04.18 UK – Nottingham / Rock City

22.04.18 Uk – Manchester / Academy

24.04.18 UK – Glasgow / 02 ABC

25.04.18 UK – Bristol / 02 Academy

27.04.18 UK – Leeds / 02 Academy

28.04.18 UK – London / 02 Academy, Brixton

29.04.18 UK – Birmingam / 02 Institute

More dates to be announced soon!

You can get tickets from http://www.livenation.co.uk and  www.skindred.net

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