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Skint & Demoralised

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Wakefield, UK (2007-2013)

Skint & Demoralised were a lyric-based alternative indie/pop band based in Wakefield, UK and Sheffield, UK. The line-up consisted of frontman/lyricist Matt Abbott (b. 06.01.89) from Wakefield and Sheffield-based songwriter/producer MiNI dOG.

Formed via MySpace in May 2007 after a mysterious producer contacted an unknown performance poet, the Skint & Demoralised story is as unorthodox as it is extensive. At the time, Matt Abbott was completing his A-Levels and peppering the West Yorkshire music scene with short bursts of spoken word between bands. Six months later, he was the frontman of a band being championed by Steve Lamacq on Radio 1.

The success of their demos – which received 10,000 free downloads – saw them named at #3 on Lamacq’s Top 100 New Bands of 2007 before signing a deal with Mercury Records in March 2008. In order to land the role of producer, MiNI dOG suggested that they record with legendary soul band The Dap-Kings. Three months later they flew to NYC and work on their debut album began with the musicians who’d recently recorded on Amy Winehouse’s ‘Back To Black’.

The ‘Love, And Other Catastrophes’ sessions were completed at RAK Studios in London, less than a year after 19-year-old Abbott quit his job in a call centre.

All 500 copies of debut 7” ‘The Thrill of Thirty Seconds’ sold-out via pre-order; the icing on the cake being Colin Murray’s ‘Record Of The Week’ accolade.

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