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Tuesday 04 February 2020

Skunk Anansie Offer Up New Music As Singer Skin Announces Memoir Prior To Date @ Brighton Dome

"In rock music, it's really easy to talk about partying and shagging girls and all that kind of stuff," says Skunk Anansie vocalist Skin. "But for us, what we were singing about had to be deeper, it had to mean something. We had to talk about our experiences and what we were going through."

After celebrating their 25th anniversary in 2019 with the release of the 25LIVE@25 album Skunk Anansie have announced their return to the road with a major headline tour that visits Brighton at the end of 2020.

When the band emerged from the sweat-drenched backrooms of London in 1994, they sounded and looked like nothing that had come before them.

"Nobody in our manor had seen anything like us before", says singer Skin, who co-founded the band with bassist Cass and guitarist Ace. "We were an earthquake."

"London in the 1990s was a mish-mash of people, but bands weren't – it was always four blokes with identical haircuts. We were a band of people who were real. That's why we were radical."

Last year Skunk Anansie also released their first instalment of new music in three years with the track What You Do For Love.  


They release its riff-raging follow-up This Means War on Friday, accompanied by a video shot at their headline show in Poland last year in front of 800,000 people. 


Now reflecting on her incredible journey, Skin has announced her first memoir, co-written by respected journalist and friend Lucy O'Brien.  

It promises an alternative narrative to the male dominated, predominantly white Britpop era and will chart Skin's unique story from her working class Brixton roots to the Glastonbury and international stage. 

The book is due for publication in September 2020 with Simon and Schuster and available to pre-order now.

Skunk Anansie's DNA was a mix of race, gender, sexuality, cultural and musical influences. 

"We were outsiders," says Skin. 

"We were proud that we were. We came along and showed you could be different."

Skunk Anansie play Brighton Dome on Wednesday 9th December 2020. For tickets - which go on sale on Friday 7th February at 9am - CLICK HERE.

by: Mike Cobley




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