“Why” is the new track from Skinny Living, a four-piece from Wakefield dealing in beautiful, haunting acoustic soul music, drawing on influences such as Bill Withers and Paolo Nutini.
“Why” is the lead track from the forthcoming “6” EP. Skinny Living began in 2013 when guitarist Will Booth was first floored by singer Ryan Johnston’s incredible voice at an open mic night in their hometown of Wakefield, before being augmented by Danny Hepworth (guitar) and Rhys Anderton (drums).
The band are the product of relentless hard work and live shows over the past few years. They have done it the old-fashioned way, building their own fanbase, self-financing trips to the Netherlands and around the UK where they played shows and slept on the floors of friends, all without any outside help, until finally bagging a deal with RCA in 2017. Since then they have worked with a string of top producers including Jake Gosling (Ed Sheeran), Mark Ralph (Clean Bandit, Years & Years) and Steve Robson (One Direction).
Their music has an incredible lived-in quality, built on Ryan’s vocal and lyrics that provide a heavy dose of wisdom. “Why” is the perfect example, about Ryan’s incredible bond with his sister. The accompanying video features her along with Ryan and its emotional impact is devastating and an incredibly brave first major label release with Ryan pouring very drop of emotion onto the screen.
This summer the band will be appearing at BST at Hyde Park on the same bill as Justin Bieber as well as main stage at Standon Calling and Haldren Pop Festival in Germany.
JULY 2 nd BST, Hyde Park London w/ Justin Bieber
JULY 19 th The Edition Hotel, London
JULY 29 th Standon Calling, UK
AUG 10 th Haldern Pop Festival, Germany.
OCT 25 th Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
OCT 26 th Bodega Social Club, Nottingham
OCT 27 th Thekla Bristol
OCT 29 th The Oh Yeah Centre, Belfast
OCT 30 th The Deaf Institute, Manchester
NOV 1 st The Borderline, London
NOV 2 nd The Unity Works Small Hall, Wakefield
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