An SJM Promotions presentation
Skint & Demoralised
+ Kevin P. Gilday & The Glasgow Cross
+ Victoria McNulty (Poet)
Following a six-year hiatus, duelling Yorkshire duo Skint & Demoralised are back on the scene with a score to settle. Their new fourth album ‘We Are Humans’ presents a raw, political and poetic tour de force against the backdrop of Brexit Britain.
A drastic departure from S&D’s original late ‘00s ditties detailing teenage love affairs, ‘We Are Humans’ instead reflects the subsequent decade of desperate austerity, as well as the European refugee crisis just 22 miles from Britain’s shores. Frontman and spoken word artist Matt Abbott volunteered twice at the Calais Jungle in 2016 – either side of the EU referendum in which his native city voted 66% Leave.
Alongside Matt songwriter and producer David Gledhill, known more recently for his SOULS project, channels a raucous poet-punk energy, with sonic influences ranging from ‘Sandinista’ to The Strokes. Snappy, sassy singles ‘Boro Kitchen 4am’ and ‘#RefugeesWelcome’ have received regular airplay on BBC Radio 6Music, but amidst the energetic observations about immigrants and inequality there is also intense, elegant pathos, epitomised by stunning album closer ‘Superheroes’.
This latest single, released on 16 August, recounts a harrowing true story from Abbott’s first visit to The Jungle in April 2016. Sonically, it’s like nothing else in S&D’s catalogue, and sets them up perfectly for the release of this new album.
Since S&D’s first MySpace-age outing, Abbott has established himself as a nationally acclaimed poet and likewise Gledhill as a producer – already the combination is curious. Add the searingly eloquent political commentary to the mix and it becomes an urgent and vital snapshot of these tumultuous times that engulf us, all wrapped up in fist-pumping, unapologetic and utterly essential alternative anthems. Praise for Skint & Demoralised so far in 2019:
“Lyrical, raw and arguing with the insistence of its setting: politics and cheap lager at a party, when it’s time to go home but nobody’s got the time, not to think about that.” The State of The Arts
“Lyrically cutting and insightful, it gets to the crux of the Brexit conundrum and its endless contradictions … After hearing ‘BK4AM’, the rule book on how to re-invent yourself as an anarchic and poetic force has been re-written.” Travellers Tunes
“Do it wrong and this sort of thing will turn people away, and singer Matt Abbott knows that. Do it right and it can really draw them in – in fact, one or two members of the front row are welling up. An unexpectedly emotional ride of much needed sincerity.” Brighton Source
Kevin P. Gilday is a writer for screen, stage and radio (and everything in between) as well as being one of the foremost spoken word artists to emerge from the fertile Scottish poetry scene. This project sees team up with multi-instrumentalist Ralph Hector to soundtrack contemporary spoken word with post-punk and electronica. It is their debut album release as a duo.
The album was recorded between Clydeside, Glasgow and Barcelona throughout 2017. The project made their live debut in 2018 and were hand-picked to open for Akala on the Glasgow leg of his latest UK tour. With a lyrical style alternating between witty wordplay and stark confessionals, the album delves into the crushing absurdity of modern living – at once painfully personal and achingly universal.
Victoria McNulty is a poet and spoken word artist from Glasgow. She is the Sonnet Youth Slam Champion and has performed across the UK including at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Evidently Salford, Feile an Phobail and the BBC 6 music festival. Her critically claimed pamphlet and show Conefessionals was published by Speculative Books in 2017.