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Skinny Lister Reveal 'Down On The Barrier' Single + Announce Extensive UK, Ireland & US Tour

By Stevie Connor.

Worshipping at the immortal altar of live music and preaching the good word of punk-rock, “Down On The Barrier” is a feel-good anthem that sees Skinny Lister finding God in our gig venues. “Take me to my church I need to confess. Chime the decibels and beat from the chest. Oh my communion, unholy communion, Roaring out the gospel ‘we shall be blessed’…Let’s get down, down on the barrier” quip the Skinnies here.

Blending pogo-primed percussion, Pogues-y punk hooks, and a chorus that demands to be roared-out loud and proud, “Down On The Barrier” is a song made for the live arena and the collective strength we can draw from live music. Speaking about the message behind their euphoric, enlightening new track frontman Dan Heptinstall says:

"Music is a kind of religion to many gig-goers, and in “Down On The Barrier” we’ve tried to capture that feeling. The church in this case is the venue, the sermon is the song and the preacher the artist. It’s a nod to those almost spiritual moments when we gather to enjoy some communal rock’n’roll worship, as well as a healthy dose of support, release and camaraderie. See you down on the barrier!"

Aptly capturing the energy of the Skinnies’ emphatic live show, the new track arrives as the band also announce both a UK and Ireland tour and North American for Winter 2023. Having just completed a headline tour in the UK and an extensive support tour across the US with Flogging Molly, Skinny Lister will be heading to the east coast of America and Canada for a tour with label-mates PET NEEDS and Bandaid Brigade in October and November culminating in a live set at the Salty Dog Cruise. They then head home to 15 towns around the UK and Ireland throughout November and December 2023. Full dates as follows:

USA & CANADA TOUR 2023 OCTOBER 19 - Philadelphia, Milboy 20 - Brooklyn, Meadows 21 - Boston, Middle East 22 - Montreal, Foufounes 24 - Toronto, Lee's Palace 25 - Detroit, Loving Touch 26 - Grand Rapids, Pyramid Scheme 27 - Milwaukee, Xray Arcade 28 - Chicago, Beat Kitchen 30 - Cleveland, Grog Shop 31 - Pittsburgh, Thunderbird NOVEMBER 2 - Washington, Jammin Java 3 - Richmond, Richmond Music Hall 4 - Charleston, Music Farm 5 - Atlanta, Masquerade Hell 6 - Orlando, Conduit 8 - 13 - Salty Dog Cruise, Miami

UK TOUR 2023 NOVEMBER 22 LIVERPOOL O2 Academy 2 23 CARLISLE The Brickyard 24 GLASGOW King Tuts 25 BELFAST Voodoo 26 DUBLIN Grand Social 30 NORWICH Arts Centre DECEMBER 01 HULL Social 02 STOCKTON Ku Club 03 SHEFFIELD Leadmill 08 SOUTHAMPTON Engine Rooms 09 PLYMOUTH The Depo 10 SWANSEA Sin City 14 BRISTOL The Fleece 15 BRIGHTON Chalk 16 LONDON Lafayette

Tickets on sale now HERE.

Skinny Lister released their most recent album A Matter of Life & Love’, a raucous record that pays homage to all the greatest things in life, in 2021. Not ones to sit on their laurels, the band have been busy writing and recording album number 6 which will be released later in the year. Standby for more details on that coming soon.



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