The torch bearers of modern British reggae” – Clash Music

UK-based The Skints are excited to announce their upcoming 2017 U.S. summer tour! Having garnered critical acclaim and fan driven success in North America, The Skints are excited to be returning stateside supporting 311 as well as headlining slots on select dates. Their live sets continue to energize fans with their unique London mix of reggae and dub with the spirit of grime, punk, soul, and sound system culture.

Ahead of their tour, the band has released a cover of the Reverend Al Green’s classic  “Let’s Stay Together” as a dubbed-out duet. The single’s video is a bootlegged vintage animation cartoon mash-up edited to match the love song. The video premiered on Large Up, who called the song, “smooth, dubbed-out lover’s rock featuring dueting male/female vocals from the group’s Marcia Richards and Jamie Kyriakides.” The band has started working on a new album, the follow up to the well-received release FM (Easy Star Records), and plan to perform fresh new tracks alongside their catalog cuts.

The UK band has received major US press support from The Wall Street Journal calling their music “deep hypnotic dub” and Large Up stating that “The Skints represent the present and future of the genre [reggae].”

Guitarist/vocalist Josh Waters Rudge and the rest of the band are eager to return stateside, as it was always their goal as a budding band touring in Europe. When asked what fans can expect at the upcoming shows, Josh replies, “Never expect! I can tell you that our show and our style is different from anything and anyone out there. You won’t see a punk rock show with everyone bopping in a hazy groove and you won’t see a reggae show where you’re being told to ‘move yourself’ in a lot of other environments.” He expands, “Raw and ruggedness and smooth and sweetness at the same time. Calm angst and raging chill. Our expression in the moment and doing our thing. The Skints Fun Club welcomes all.”
The summer tour will kick off late May at Virginia Beach, ending in Boston mid July. The Skints will sync up with 311’s Unity Tour in Detroit for a 15-date run, mid-tour. They will also appear at a few great festivals including Supernova Ska Festival in Frederickburg, VA, Sierra Nevada World Music Festival in California, and Victoria Ska & Reggae Festival in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Check out the tour dates below.