SXSW 2015 Interview: Skinny Lister

By on Thursday, 2nd April 2015 at 5:00 pm

On the Thursday evening of SXSW 2015, before the evening showcases began, I caught up with three members of Skinny Lister, whom I had seen play an infectiously energetic set at FLOODfest the previous afternoon. In keeping with their high-energy reputation, Skinny Lister played a total of six shows at SXSW and as I might have expected from a band with such a vivacious stage presence, siblings Lorna and Max Thomas and “drummist” Thom Mills were in high spirits during the interview streaming below.

I chatted with the lively trio about Skinny Lister’s appearance on the FLOODfest docket with their Xtra Mile labelmate Frank Turner, whose brand of folk rock has a similar vibe to Skinny Lister’s sound. The band were quick to credit some of their recent success to Xtra Mile’s creation of a “scene” around the folk-punk ethos of acts like Turner, Skinny Lister, To Kill a King, and Beans on Toast, as well as their performing opportunities on the Vans Warped Tour and on festival lineups in America and the UK.

The festival circuit where Skinny Lister cut their figurative teeth as a band figures prominently in their near future as well. Around the upcoming release of their new album, ‘Down On Deptford Broadway’, Skinny Lister have scheduled a run of UK headline dates for April and May ahead of tentatively planned summer festival appearances and a potential autumn trip back to America.

‘Down On Deptford Broadway’ is due for release on the 20th of April via Xtra Mile. We here at TGTF have already featured videos for three of its tracks, ‘Cathy’, ‘This Is War’ and ‘Trouble On Oxford Street’. If those features have whet your appetite for more Skinny Lister tunes, keep your eyes here for a review of the full album ahead of its scheduled release.

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