March 6th, 2013
It is with great pleasure that we announce a brand new artist to the Heist Or Hit Records roster, First Love, Last Rites.
The band formed in Umeå, and have been working alongside our friends at Nomethod Records in Sweden for a number of years. A band that is hard to pigeonhole, their sound is raw, honest and melodic. We’re sure you’ll love them! We’re super excited to be working with them.
We’ll have full details of the new album and single in the next couple of weeks, but for now we’ll leave you with a video for the song ‘Charlot’ from the new release. We have some exciting news regarding this track very soon!
February 26th, 2013
Album Title: The Bit Between The Teeth
Catalogue Number: HEIST060
Release Date: 08/04/2013
01. Amores Perros
02. Plessey Road
03. Lucifer’s Cardigan
04. Broadway Circle
05. When Saturday Comes
06. Breakfast At Sylvia’s
07. Chippenham Travelodge
08. Bridge Street
09. The Long Night That Lies Ahead
When asked to try and summarise the history of Skint & Demoralised to date, youʼd be forgiven for scratching your head and wondering where to start. From surfacing on MySpace in late 2006 as the stage name of a teenage punk poet to gracing the Radio 1 playlist less than 3 years later, itʼs safe to say that the band have had a rather eventful journey so far. But through linking arms with Pixie Lott at the Brit Awards to stacking her CDs in HMV six months later, thereʼs one reason why the Yorkshire duo of Matt Abbott and MiNI dOG continue to work together: music.
As a performance poet first and foremost, crafting his trade in front of spellbound audiences at local indie gigs and club nights in homage to his idol John Cooper Clarke, it is Abbottʼs development as a lyricist that has seen Skint & Demoralised really come of age and craft a record that is as accomplished as it is fresh and exciting. Despite having just turned 24, the Wakefield-born frontman has a wealth of experience under his belt, and a keen knack for painting poignancy in the grimmest of settings and framing the particular with universal understanding. It is the vivid and compelling nature of his stories and lyrical vignettes on “The Bit Between The Teeth” that give it such impact and resonance, and with Sheffield-based producer MiNI dOG providing the musical accompaniment, the act once described as a “match made in musical heaven” by Sunday Times Culture editor Dan Cairns have once again documented a strangely upbeat snapshot of recession-struck Britain.
After deciding to take a singing approach on second album “This Sporting Life”, Abbott has reverted back to his spoken word routes for a third of the tracks on “The Bit Between The Teeth”; none more striking than the epic eightminute opener “Amores Perros” that depicts a harrowing and excruciatingly personal tale. Named after one of Abbottʼs favourite films, it kicks the album off with a quote from Leeds United legend Billy Bremner and serves up a healthy portion of sex, alcohol abuse, lust and violence before weʼve even had the comfort of a chorus or a jangly guitar to remind us that this is in fact an indie record.
Musically the songs tap in to that great vein of lo-fi and wonderfully simplistic indie acts such as Orange Juice, The Go- Betweens, The Smiths and Arab Strap; a development of the sound that saw Q Magazine describe S&Dʼs previous release as “defiantly rough and ready” and close in some respects to contemporary records such as Baxter Duryʼs “Happy Soup” or Jamie Tʼs “Panic Prevention”.
The songs are mostly set where they were written on the Northumbrian coast, with many of the focal points referenced in the opening track, and from maudlin ballad “Broadway Circle” (which spends a day in the world of a young woman who loathes life working in the local launderette) to fist-pumping Sky Sports favourite “When Saturday Comes” (which expresses a love for an afternoon at the football whilst managing to avoid being a loutish anthem), itʼs almost as if youʼre speed-dating with nine different Northern bards, and each has their own unique story to tell. Think Arab Strap meets Art Brut, with a pinch of Squeeze and Arctic Monkeys.
The new album “The Bit Between The Teeth” is released digitally via Heist Or Hit Records on Monday 8th April.
February 20th, 2013A Music Blog, Yea?‘ present today the world-wide premier of the new video for single, ‘Breakfast at Sylvia’s by Skint & Demoralised. The single (alongside b-side “The Queen Of Chelsea”), is released on 25th March digitally world-wide followed by the album, The Bit Between The Teeth on 8th April. Filmed in the band’s home town of Wakefield, the video perfectly compliments Matt Abbott’s intelligently crafted lyrics. It also features a rare screen appearance of the other half of the S&D songwriting duo, MiNI dOG.
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February 11th, 2013
“Breakfast At Sylvia’s” is the infectious new single by Wakefield’s Skint & Demoralised. The song is released (alongside b-side “The Queen Of Chelsea”) on Monday 25th March. But fear not, you can stream the single online from today!
It was late 2006 at an underground secret gig in Sheffield when a young 17-year-old Matt Abbott gave his first burst of spoken word punk poetry under the stage name of Skint & Demoralised. And as the resulting musical act releases its third album in spring 2013, we get a dose of that very same sharp-tongued Yorkshire spoken word delivery that earned Abbott his reputation in the first place.
Even as a beginner in his late teens, the Wakefield-born poet had an uncanny skill for grabbing his listeners by the scruff of the neck and planting them into this world of Northern realism and tongue-in-cheek humour. His work is based on painting vivid and often bleak pictures that somehow manage to salvage some romance along the way and almost leave us yearning to be a part of his surroundings in a “twenty-first century tumbleweed town”; a notion that is demonstrated perfectly in the opening release from this highly anticipated new album.
Set in the archetypal “greasy spoon” café where Abbott used to treat himself to a fry up and a mug of tea after his Saturday morning paper round, the backdrop is as British as they come, and as he moves effortlessly from line to line and instantly creates this world around us, you can almost smell the bacon as it spits seductively in the pan.
But itʼs before his wry and conversational delivery has even started that youʼre already hooked on this song; MiNI dOGʼs bass-line is instantly addictive and sounds like something that Peter Hook might have fumbled upon during the transition between Joy Division and New Order. The whole backing track is outrageously simple, to the point where Abbott rejected a second “polished” mix upon hearing it and insisted that they revert to the original rough demo in order to keep in spirit with the tone of the song. This unashamedly defiant and “take us or leave it” attitude is what makes ʻThe Bit Between The Teethʼ such a brilliant record, and clocking in at less than three minutes, this is the perfect taster for what could easily become the stand-out indie record of the year.
Throughout the rest of the record, Abbottʼs sharp and at times brutally honest offerings take us through a variety of stories and scenarios – mainly set where they were written on the Northumbrian coast – and in a continuation from second album ʻThis Sporting Lifeʼ, the 24-year-old frontman uses his Shane MacGowan-esque vocals to sing through the majority of the tracks.
It is with a wealth of experience and a rocky road in the music industry that Matt Abbott and MiNI dOGʼs relationship has matured and developed so finely, and this third release through Heist Or Hit Records finally sounds like the step that could propel them into the public eye.
“Breakfast At Sylvia’s” is the first single to be taken from Skint & Demoralised’s third studio album, “The Bit Between The Teeth” (album released via Heist Or Hit Records on Monday 8th April).
January 16th, 2013
We’re pleased to announce that in April 2013 we will be releasing the brand new studio album by Skint & Demoralised. This will be preceded by a single in March.
As a way of celebrating the new release, the band have today revealed a ‘bootleg’ live album of Spoken Word, performed by frontman Matt Abbott.
The album is yours for free, (not a penny… zero… nowt…) and can be downloaded by clicking here.
We’ll have loads more news about the album in the next few weeks… but for now, enjoy the free download!