STOCKSNSKINS are Ade on vocals and Rich on bass. Based in Bournemouth, they came together in May 2016 to write about and perform socially awkward, topical life stories and experiences, laying relatable lyrics over electronic beats and synth mixes, with Rich’s bass lines bringing it all together.
Inspired by post-punk legends like Joy Division, The Fall, New Order and The Cure, STOCKSNSKINS create electronic beat poetry with a difference that sits confidently outside the mainstream – telling stories and painting pictures with poetic spoken word and sung vocals.
In 2018, they joined the AnalogueTrash family for the release of their debut EP Them Today, a stark, punk commentary on the problems of being invisible in the modern United Kingdom in Isle of Great Brit and bringing back the art of storytelling through sung and spoken vocals on the things that the mainstream just don’t want to address.
Following at the end of the same year came Dizzy Heights, an EP exploring modern life from the viewpoint of the working classes navigating their way through it all, delivered with a wry nod to how things used to be and whether recent past times actually were any better than we remember.
Having continued to perform live around their home on the south coast, building a reputation for Ade’s sharp lyrics and Rich’s pulsing basslines and quickly garnering a great reception from new fans and fellow performers alike. The duo appeared at both the 2018 Foundations Festival and their label’s birthday 10th party in Manchester in, June 2019.
The eagerly awaited third EP Free Speech duly arrived in early 2019; brimming with confidence, Ade’s lyrics taking a political broadsword to the social injustices, governmental incompetency and general malaise that infects British society in the current age, all thrust along by basslines that Rich has tinged with ska, dub, and rock influences. It was so good in fact, that their earlier track Them Today earned the duo a Single of the Week on BBC Introducing.
The band marked September 2019 with the release of STOCKSNSKINS’ first full length album for AnalogueTrash and their strongest work to date, Face Don’t Fit. The album is truly a work reflective of the turmoil barely hidden beneath the surface of British society, plagued by Brexit and a political wasteland dominated by populism over policy. The album’s ten tracks are thought provoking and hard hitting in lyrical content, but as well as being punk in origin the band embraced more playful arrangements and theatrical flourishes evoking the Manchester greats and driving the whole package up another gear.
2020 won’t be quiet for STOCKSNSKINS, with a new EP Drinks ‘n’ Nibbles due late spring and more live dates including a return to Manchester. Don’t miss them, next time they’re in your neck of the woods.