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SKINNY LISTER release Jubilant new single “A MATTER OF LIFE & LOVE”

Celebrating all the best things life has to offer, SKINNY LISTER return with a jubilant new single this Autumn

A Matter Of Life & Love’ is the title-track of their fifth studio album (out 22nd October 2021 on Xtra Mile Recordings) and one of its finest, catchiest, and most uplifting moments.

Nodding to the works of Madness or The Specials at their ska/pop peaks, Skinny Lister’s new single ‘A Matter Of Life & Love’ pays loving homage to that classic sound with its cheerful bar-room pianos, walking basslines and woozy saxophones in abundance.

Sung by the band’s Dan Heptinstall, it’s a track that encourages us to look on the bright-side of life and treasure the trivial; a recurrent theme throughout their upcoming album. As Dan explains:

‘A Matter Of Life & Love’ is us capturing a collection of very true stories and feelings, that have really ‘mattered’ to us over the past year or so. And the title track is a reminder to recognise the moments in life that really matter, but that can sometimes seem ‘trivial’ or ‘throwaway’ – a sentiment likely borne out of those months of enforced limited social contact last year.”

Paired with a humorous official video filmed on Hastings beach that quite literally sees the Skinnies jumping for joy, you can check it out here and now:

A Matter Of Life & Love’ swiftly follows: ‘Damn The Amsterdam’, a sea shanty which featured guest harmonies from: The Longest Johns (who will also be joining them for their Winter UK tour – details below). 

Both tracks will feature on A Matter Of Life & Love, a new Skinny Lister album written over the past 18 months and the first to be entirely written, produced, recorded and mixed by the band themselves. Bringing together all their influences and styles, from ska to rock and from folk-punk to traditional shanty, throughout its 12 tracks ‘A Matter Of Life & Love’ is in many ways the distillation of everything that has seen the world fall for Skinny Lister’s charms. An album about camaraderie and companionship through thick and thin, to cherishing the simple things freedom brings; ‘A Matter Of Life & Love’ finds a band brimming with a zest for life, love, music and good-times. It’s released everywhere on 22 October, via Xtra Mile Recordings and can be pre-ordered Here.

In support of the album, Skinny Lister will be hitting the road for a UK headline tour throughout November and December, with Manchester and London shows already sold out. The band will also be supporting Less Than Jake and embarking on a headline German tour in the new year.


1. Shout It Out
2. Tough Stuff Like Us
3. Like It’s The First Time
4. Damn The Amsterdam ft. The Longest Johns
5. A Matter Of Life & Love
6. Embers
7. Shoulder To Shoulder
8. Bavaria Area
9. Bonny’s Eyes
10. Life At A Loose End
11. Breakfast At Heathrow
12. History

Live Shows:

with special guests The Longest Johns supporting except *

11th – Oxford Academy 2
12th – Norwich Art Centre
13th – Cardiff Globe
18th – Bristol Fleece *
19th – Manchester Gorilla SOLD OUT
20th – Birmingham Institute 2
24th – Leeds The Wardrobe
25th – Nottingham Rescue Room
26th – Newcastle Cluny
27th – Glasgow King Tuts * 
10th – Southampton 1865
11th – London Garage SOLD OUT *

31st – Glasgow O2 Academy
1st – Newcastle O2 Academy
2nd – Leeds O2 Academy
3rd – Manchester O2 Ritz
5th – Leicester O2 Academy
6th – Birmingham O2 Institute
7th – Bournemouth O2 Academy
8th – Bristol O2 Academy
9th – London Forum

1st – Cologne, Luxor
2nd – Munich, Strom
3rd – Berlin, Hole44
4th – Hamburg, Knust

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