Interview with Skinny Lister

‘I think in the last decade folk is no longer viewed as the type of music where you don your socks with your sandals, fill up your tankard with ale, stick your finger in your ear and sing through your nose.’

Desola Kazeeem interviews the British folk band Skinny Lister, in light of the upcoming release of their latest album ‘The Story Is…’ on March 1st.

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How are you preparing for your upcoming "The Story is..." tour? How do you envisage this being different from your previous UK & Ireland tours?

There’s a lot of thought going in behind the scenes to make this tour the biggest and best yet! We’re excited to play new songs so they’re being fine tuned so that they’re ready to slot in with our older material. We’ve put the question out to our followers to see what they want to hear. Some people have requested some stuff we haven’t played for years, if at all live. We’re planning to make as many of these work within the set list as possible. Plus there’s a few other surprises up our sleeve too! We’ve not done a headline show in Dublin or Belfast before so we’re really excited to get over there. We had an absolutely wild time supporting Flogging Molly back in December last year so yeah, it’s great we get to back there so soon to headline.

 You do a significant amount of touring the festival scene in Europe. Have you ever played a show in Oxford - would you in the future?

We love playing live! I joined the band to get into festivals for free so yeah damn right we do a significant amount of touring the festival scene! I don’t believe we have played a show in Oxford but that’s through no deliberate intention. We generally go where we’re invited if we can make it work! We’ve played pretty close to Oxford too! 2000 Trees Festival is just down the road. That’s always an incredible time! And our first ever tour was on the Grand Union Canal on a narrow boat. We stopped off in Aylesbury which isn’t too far either!

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 What direction do you see the modern folk sound going?

I see folk as an ever-shifting wave of different influences moving together. There are all sorts of branches from the very traditional, to that influenced by other genres, such as punk or pop. I guess it’s a loose term to describe anything which is telling a story. I think in the last decade folk is no longer viewed as the type of music where you don your socks with your sandals, fill up your tankard with ale, stick your finger in your ear and sing through your nose. Now, there is so much more to it. You have the obvious Mumford & Sons who took folk pop to an international level, but then there’s AJJ who put an American twist on pop punk to our mate Beans on Toast, the drunken folk singer. There’s something out there for everyone and that’s a good thing.

Would you be interested in working with artists from a significantly different genre than you?

Holler at me Salt n Pepa!

What country have you not performed that you'd love to?

Japan was my absolute bucket list and we have been lucky enough to play Fuji Rock and Asigiri Jam festival there, so whilst I’d still like to go back again that’s kind of done. Next stop is Australia or perhaps a little more obscure but West Africa would be pretty cool! Basically because I’d really like to travel there, and with Skinny’s schedule being what it is, it’s hard to factor in a holiday. Maybe we could do a folk swap!

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What are you listening to now? What is currently interesting and influential to your members?

We’re all listening to very different stuff all of the time! I certainly wouldn’t like to pin it down. Probably the easiest way for you to find the answer to this question is to check out our Skinny Lister’s Latest Listens playlist on Spotify, which we update each month with new and old stuff we have been listening to. All sorts gets put on there, from stuff we’ve been introduced to at festivals we’ve played, friend’s bands, stuff we’ve heard on the radio, as well as stuff we might have been listening to for years. It all goes into the pot though and the range of influences on the new album is definitely evident!

Skinny Lister’s latest album ‘The Story So Far…’ out on March 1st.

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