Reggae stars the Skints bring their bass-laden live show to the Vault on Thursday August 8.
The Skints mix reggae, ska, dub, punk and hip-hop, dubbing their sound as ‘East London Reggae’. Since 2008 the band have toured extensively, playing hundreds of shows, supporting bands that include You Me at Six, Reel Big Fish, Less Than Jake, The Slackers, Gogol Bordello and Bedouin Soundclash.
The Skints’ first break came from playing at a pub in Walthamstow, where they were heard by Radio 1 executive producer Rhys Hughes, when three of their members were only 16. Two days later, Radio 1 DJs such as Colin Murray were soon playing Skints tracks on their shows regularly.
In December 2011 awareness of The Skints grew rapidly due to the release of the music video for their cover of Brit School singer Katy B’s Katy on a Mission.
The video received over 10,000 views on the first day as well as congratulatory social networking posts by Katy B.
Since its release the video’s view count rose to over 70,000 within the month due to multiple plays on BBC Radio 1 and heavy sharing on blogs and social networking sites.
In April 2011 The Skints also started a campaign through Pledgemusic in which fans could financially contribute towards the recording of their new album in return for exclusive rewards such as signed CDs, limited edition T-shirts and the option for the pledger to have their name printed in the album. Although they were given 90 days in which to raise the money needed to record the album, all of the money was raised in just 11.
The Skints will be performing with Popes of Chilitown and Zegema Beach on August 8. Doors open at 6pm and those 14 and over will require ID (under 14s must be accompanied by an adult). For tickets, £12, see vault.ticketleap.com/the-skints