We wish we had stocked the mini-fridge a bit before Skinny Lister
's arrival for their recent session with us. Stouts, ales, maybe a handle of Irish Whiskey or Scotch. There's just something about this six-piece, English folk group that makes you want to bend an elbow for an hour or two. Even in the stone cold sober hour of a bright and sunny weekday afternoon, there's a blurry-eyed, inebriated energy zipping through their music.
Swinging by our home in Brooklyn with three songs from their newest, Xtra Mile Recordings release The Devil, The Heart, and The Fight
, the band offered their personal, busk-ready sound powered by guitar, standup bass, accordion, mandolin, and sing-along vocals. Through three charming songs ("Grace", "Hamburg Drunk", and "Geordie Lad"), Skinny Lister stomp and holler, turning our modest office setting into a drunken, 2AM pub, at least in spirit. We also talked with singers Dan Heptinstall and Lorna Thomas about the roots of their traditional folk-meets-punk aesthetic and why their fans seem to fall so hard for what they do. "We find generally, wherever we go, people like to drink, they like to have a dance, and they like to have a sing," Lorna told us. So crack open a cold one, press play on our latest NEXT session, and get ready to sing and dance your heart.