Exclusive First Look: Skint & Demoralised’s New Video, ‘Boro Kitchen 4am’

On 27th November 2018 Skint & Demoralised were as much in the past tense as they had been since releasing their third album, ‘The Bit Between The Teeth‘, although the music Matt Abbott and David Gledhill made between 2007 and 2013 remained vital and present and out there to be found on YouTube, an appropriate echo of the duo’s beginnings on MySpace.

On 28th November David dropped half a joke into his and Matt’s usual WhatsApp chatter, about half-writing half an album, half-maybe, after all, they’d been talking about music lately, and there was a lot to say lately. They were different people, lately. Matt was seventeen when Skint & Demoralised took off, 24 when it stood down. He’s 30 now, a full-time poet, and David is a musician and producer; new stages of life, but with the same urgency, renewing.

November’s half-idea will become Skint & Demoralised’s fourth album when ‘We Are Humans’ is released on iconic indie label Fierce Panda later in 2019.

S&D by Kerry Harrison

New single ‘Boro Kitchen 4am’ is two minutes and forty-seven seconds of ideas; lyrical, raw and arguing with the insistence of its setting: politics and cheap lager at a Teeside party, when it’s time to go home but nobody’s got the time, not to think about that.

Exclusive to The State of The Arts, this is the first play of the video for ‘Boro Kitchen 4am’ by James Polley, a one-shot snapshot putting the focus on words, protagonists and argumentative/augmentative subtitles.

“We actually filmed a full video with a series of different shots,” says Matt, “but when we received the edit, this one shot seemed to capture the atmosphere of the song perfectly.

“It’s confrontational without being aggressive and it’s uncomfortable but oddly engaging. I like that it allows the lyric to do most of the work. The subtitles were fun to write, as well…”

Skint & Demoralised’s first live performance in six years is at The Social in London on Thursday 11th April, in partnership with Fierce Panda and Club Fandango, supported by spoken word poets Laurie Bolger and Grim Chip. Tickets cost £5 from here or £7 on the door.

‘Boro Kitchen 4am’ is available to buy now on all platforms from this page.

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