Review: The Skints at Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea

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The weather may be inclement for May outside, but it’s unseasonably hot inside the Wedgewood Rooms tonight for The Skints’ opening show of their UK tour.

First of all, a special shout for the support band, Current Swell from Canada, playing their first UK show. Believe me, you will be hearing a lot more from them in the future.

The Skints perform at the Wedgewood Rooms. Picture: Cameron Windsor

The Skints perform at the Wedgewood Rooms. Picture: Cameron Windsor

Meanwhile, after years of graft and touring, The Skints have hit gold with new album, the Prince Fatty produced Part and Parcel (which I recently purchased in glorious Red Vinyl. It sounds so much better!).

Bassist Jonathan Doyle lays down some serious grooves, upon which the band soon lock in.

From the opening bars of Rise Up, the band soon have the crowd jumping and that lasts all night long.

Guitarist Josh Rudge is the ringmaster tonight. His Mick Jones chops make you wonder, if The Clash ever did a dub album what it would sound like. He is complimented by vocalist and multi- instrumentalist Marcia Richards, who is an absolute delight tonight.

However the real surprise is drummer Jamie Kyriakides. Now singing drummers are an absolute no no. Just ask Phil Collins, but this man has the voice of an angel.

Sadly this appears to be the band’s only UK tour this year. But if they rock up at a festival you are at this summer, make sure you are down the front.