Skinner’s Lane @ Studio 2
Skinner’s Lane, made up of band members Zak Langford-Do, Rob Holland, and James Kerr, played Studio 2 a few weeks back now in anticipation for their first ever single release Dear Brighton. The group have only been around since the start of 2017 but having already played The Magnet, Buyer’s Club, and The Shipping Forecast, they are no strangers to the Liverpool scene.
Unfortunately, I missed sets from the likes of Primyl Vinyl, Three From Above, and Seagulls due to a delayed Arriva Bus. However, I was around to catch a glimpse of Liverpool University alumni We Were Glue– a band I had still yet to see despite their growing presence in the city. Memorable tracks from their set included the funky and upbeat Birthday, and the equally feelgood banger My Girl. With their raw enthusiasm they certainly got the crowd going and pumped for the main act.
By the time Skinner’s Lane came to the stage, most people had moved away from the bar and found a spot near the front of the stage. Having never heard/seen the band before, I really didn’t know what to expect from them musically and also in regards to their stage presence. Opening with Every Time, the band emitted pure energy and skill. Building up the music, they held the space on stage well and put on a show for all. Displaying a range of styles from the funky and unique Down to slow ballad Said and Been, Skinner’s Lane showed they’re much more than the ‘one trick pony’ acts of today.
Despite not being their first single, To My Face was the song that stood out the most within their set. The heavy sounding track stylistically reminded me of early Arctic Monkeys’ songs such as Fake Tales of San Francisco. Featuring unforgettable guitar riffs and quick changes between the song’s direction, I’m interested to see what the band do with this song in the future.
In the meantime, Skinner’s Lane is a band seen to be making waves around Liverpool and with their strong mixture of styles I would urge you to check them out!
Skinner’s Lane debut single Dear Brighton is available to stream here.