Four decades after they formed – in the white-hot summer of 1977 – The Skids are back. The post-punk pioneers released their fifth album ‘Burning Cities’ to much critical acclaim and fanfare in January 2018.
It caps a triumphant return to form that really came to fruition throughout 2017 when, among many other gigs, the band played The Grand, Clitheroe, for the first time.
‘Burning Cities’, produced by Verve & Primal Scream studio legend Youth, re-unites founder members Richard Jobson (vocals) and Bill Simpson (bass) with Mike Baillie (drums). Stepping in for the late Stuart Adamson is his long-time Big Country band mate Bruce Watson. Additional guitar duties are provided by Jamie Watson.
“I’m incredibly excited about this album. This music is at the heart of everything our band is about: truth, revolution, loud guitars and a refusal to keep quiet as the establishment tries to smother chances for anyone other than its own.” – Richard Jobson
The new album release coincides with the 40th anniversary of the first-ever Skids record, the ‘No Bad’ EP, which introduced the Scottish post-punk pioneers to a whole new audience courtesy of one of their biggest fans, Radio 1’s legendary new music champion John Peel
“In 1977, we were singing songs about what we saw as a world in crisis,” says Jobson. “Today that message is more relevant than ever. ‘Burning Cities’ is packed full of punk rock protest songs. It’s an album we’re very proud of – and we can’t wait to share it.”