Skinny Lister – The Devil, The Heart & the Fight (Xtra Mile)

Genre: Folk Punk

Crack open a beer, soak your soul in rum, turn up your speakers and Beat It From The Chest because Skinny Lister are back with a triumphant follow up to 2015’s critically acclaimed Down On Deptford Broadway (RUSHONROCK 9/10).

Following up a breakthrough album packed with hits was never going to be easy, but this faux Irish six piece have produced a roaring album, filled with maturity and the odd ‘Poguesy number’ thrown in for good measure.

The album’s first single Geordie Lad, is an easy listening, uplifting number, with a key focus on Daniel Heptinstall’s strong vocals. Although the leading track may stray slightly from the Irish folk punk element, and more towards an indie vibe, it only helps to highlight the diversity of the band.

For folk punk fans looking for rousing, drinking songs, don’t worry, Skinny Lister hasn’t forgotten its roots!

Tragedy In A Minor and Hamburg Drunk provide the Shane McGowan-esque beat that will become a key element of what has fast become one of the best live sets around.

Daniel Heptinstall’s strong vocals often take centre stage, but it’s the Lorna Thomas numbers (Devil In Me / Reunion) that round this album off and show that Skinny Lister are much, much more than a modern day carbon copy of the Pogues.

Lorna’s vocals offer a much softer, stripped back side of the band. A side that offers calming melodies and heart ringing harmonies that will fit nicely alongside Bonny Away in the middle of their live set.

Despite the mature feel to this album, the undoubted stand out has to be Beat It From The Chest, a heart pounding number with a chant style chorus that is going to have venues shaking when the band hit the road for their autumn tour.

Having toured as a support act for Frank Turner almost 12 months ago, it’s safe to say, Skinny Lister will not be opening for anyone for much longer. The Devil, The Heart & The Fight has taken them to the next level, and their live set is only going to improve as a result. This is a live performance that is definitely not to be missed.

RUSHONROCK RATED: 10/10 Don’t Look Back