20th Oct, 2017

The Skints and New Kingston play Leamington

THERE are few bands who can get an entire room dancing, but to find two on the same night is a triumph.

Reggae band The Skints took to the stage at Leamington’s Assembly on Tuesday (October 3) supported by fellow purveyors of the genre New Kingston.

New Kingston set the tone perfectly, with their upbeat, catchy, roots-reggae tunes.

The band is very much a family affair, made up of three brothers and their father, who they told the audience is the ‘best role model’. Their mum even came with them from the US to man the merchandise stand.

The brothers work together in harmony, with slick drumming, soulful singing and smooth guitar playing – with singer and guitarist Stephen using his dreadlocks to play, creating a completely individual tone.

The band set the stage for London-based The Skints, who came out to rapturous applause.

They played some of their most popular songs including Ratatat, The Cost of Living is Killing Me and Culture Vulture – which was a definite hit with the audience.

They also showcased offerings from their most recent album FM which had more of a chilled-out vibe than some of their other songs.

The band are insanely talented, but singer and keyboard player Marcia really stands out – picking up a sax and melodica along with showcasing her skills on the synth pad.

Both bands continue their tour across the UK for the next week before New Kingston head back to their US roots and The Skints take a self-confessed ‘hibernation’ to pen a new album.

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