Skids release a new album, ‘Peaceful Times’, on No Bad Records.
The collection of acoustic versions of some fo their best-known tracks is available on CD, limited edition white vinyl and digitally, via the reincarnated imprint which put out their first release, the ‘Charles’ EP, in 1978.
The 10 tracks were recorded by the remaining founding members of the pioneering Dunfermline punk act – Richard Jobson (vocals), Bill Simpson (bass) and Mike Baillie (percussion), plus Big Country members Bruce and Jamie Watson, plus Filthy Tongues frontman Martin Metcalfe.
As well as new takes on classic 1970s tunes such as ‘The Saints Are Coming’ and ‘Into The Valley’ there are also versions of ‘Desert Dust’, ‘World On Fire’ and ‘Kings Of The New World Order’ from last year’s ‘Burning Cities’ long-player, plus a brand new track, ‘Kreuzberg ‘79’.
01. ‘Into The Valley’
02. ‘World On Fire’
03. ‘Kings Of The New World Order’
04. ‘The Saints Are Coming’
06. ‘Hurry On Boys’
07. ‘Blood and Soil’
09. ‘Kreuzberg ‘79’
10. ‘Desert Dust’
Skids frontman Richard Jobson said of the album: “After recording ‘Burning Cities’ we played all over the UK. It was difficult not to smile with joy every night. Amidst all of this happy madness Bruce and I played a few songs acoustically at a charity night in our hometown of Dunfermline.
“This was something I thought could never be done. These songs were written to be played with electric guitars after all. But the songs had a different power when played acoustically – a new energy – triumph, rage, camaraderie, and a positivity that has always been and will always be the motivation of the bands music and words”.
“In 1977, we were singing songs about what we saw as a world in crisis,” Jobson adds. “Today that message is more relevant than ever”.
The band play Greenock’s Albany on July 19th, Doune the Rabbit Hole on the 20th and Rewind Scotland on the 21st. before an acoustic tour in September which includes shows in Glasgow, Inverness, Aberdeen and Edinburgh, and a hometown show with Big Country on December 28th.