The Skints ska-ed for life!

LIVE Breathe Build Believe – that is the inspiring title of a new album from up-and-coming ska band The Skints, writes MARK WEATHERUP. They have gone from strength to strength since forming at the tender age of 14 at Woodbridge High School, St Barnabas Ro

LIVE Breathe Build Believe - that is the inspiring title of a new album from up-and-coming ska band The Skints, writes MARK WEATHERUP.

They have gone from strength to strength since forming at the tender age of 14 at Woodbridge High School, St Barnabas Road, Woodford Green, and now have a string of high profile supporters, including radio one DJ Mike Davies.

The four-piece, who set out on a 24 consecutive date tour around the country last week, believe those four words epitomise what the band is all about.

Speaking on the way to their album launch show at The Barfly in Camden, lead singer Joshua Waters-Rudge, 19, said: "All of us are 100 per cent committed to this band and the album title says everything about our character.


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"Every single day we live and breathe it and we put absolutely all our effort into making it work.

"We have such a strong belief and that is why we are in the position we find ourselves in today."

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The Skints - Joshua, Marcia Richards, 19, Jon Doyle, 21 and Jamie Kyriakides, 22 - spent a couple of years touring pubs after finishing school and were spotted by Radio One executive producer Rhys Hughes at the Plough Inn, Wood Street, Walthamstow.

Their music started being played on Radio One's Punk Show and subsequently more doors started to open.

After more than 100 gigs this year, including summer appearances at Slam Dunk Festival in Leeds and Rebellion in Blackpool, Joshua says the band still can't get enough of performing live.

"We were never one of those bands who went out to get radio air time," he explained.

"We just played and played to whoever who would listen as you can't beat the buzz of performing in front of an audience.

"We started getting more and more shows around London and soon it was more and more around the country."

Joshua revealed how tightly knit the group is and said that he couldn't imagine going through the experience with anyone else.

He said: "We love each other like a family and we argue like a family.

"To live together in a van for months on end. You have to be good mates otherwise you would go crazy."

The new album is available to buy at www.rebelalliancerecordings.com.

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