Skint & Demoralised
Following a six-year hiatus duelling Yorkshire duo Skint & Demoralised are back on the scene with a score to settle. Their forthcoming fourth album ‘We Are Humans’ presents a raw political and poetic tour de force against the backdrop of Brexit Britain.
Mixing smart wordplay with music that crosses indie rock with funk and R&B grooves, Skint & Demoralised is a collaboration between vocalist and lyricist Matt Abbott and producer and composer David Gledhill, aka MiNI dOG.
Though he sometimes sings, most of the time Abbott recites his verses in an urgent yet down-to-earth voice like a streetwise poet as Gledhill leads the musical accompaniment for his words.
The duo won a small following by posting their songs on social media and earned a major-label deal with their debut album, 2009's Love & Other Catastrophes, a set informed by Northern soul and indie rock. While that album was pulled at the last minute, the duo found a new home on an indie imprint and released their second effort, 2011's This Sporting Life, which eased up on the grooves and played up the indie rock guitar figures.
They completed a 20-date U.K. tour in support and headlined a pair of festivals in Germany. In 2012, Skint & Demoralised returned to the studio to write and record a third album, The Bit Between the Teeth. The album was released in April 2013, though the death of Margaret Thatcher the same day meant the media's attention was elsewhere. The album didn't attract much notice anyway, and the duo went on hiatus.
In November 2018, Gledhill contacted Abbott about writing and recording new music, and Abbott quickly agreed. By April 2019, Skint & Demoralised's returned from a hiatus releasing their fourth album, 'We Are Human', introducing the tough-sounding track, 'Boro Kitchen 4am', on the respected U.K. indie label Fierce Panda.