A premier piece of procrastination-inspired power-pop goodness, ‘My Distraction’ finds its touch points in the angular and playful sounds comparable to Blondie or The Jam at their peak. A new-wave flecked, sugar-coated thrill clocking in at just over the two-and-a half-minute mark, the single is the latest cut to be lifted from the band’s highly anticipated new album, The Story Is… (out March 1st on Xtra Mile Recordings).
On typically fun-loving form, ‘My Distraction’ is, of course, companioned with a wonderfully tongue-in-cheek new video that sees the band playing on the track’s themes of our tech-binging addictions. In scenes perhaps best described as ‘GoggleBox meets Star Trek’, the video finds frontwoman Lorna Thomas unexpectedly transported across space and time at the hands of her TV remote… Watch the new video here.
Offering further insight into the themes of the new single, Skinny’s Dan & Lorna say: “’My Distraction’ is about being so obsessed with something that everything else falls by the wayside. When only one thing is in focus and everything else is merely background noise. Even though written initially with broader meaning, the lyrics are particularly fitting for our current fixation with modern technology and, even more particularly, our tethering of ourselves to our smart phones.”
A loosely-based concept album, The Story Is… anthologises a series of personal vignettes inspired by a chaotic few years for the band and binds them into 14 tracks of unmistakably Skinny-sounding rock’n’roll. Gather-in close and lend your ears as Skinny Lister rifle through The Story Is… and pull out: scorched stories of aggravated arsonists (‘Artist Arsonist’), rib-tickling tales of regretful re-fuellings (‘Diesel Vehicle’), and even polemic pleas inspired by some of life’s hardest lessons (‘Stop & Breathe’).
SKINNY LISTER: ‘THE STORY IS…’ 2019 TOUR
UK TOUR - LEG 1
28th - Brighton Concorde 2
1st - Norwich Arts Centre
2nd - Southampton 1865
6th - Bristol Fleece
7th - Glasgow King Tuts
8th - Leeds Key Club
9th - Leicester Academy
UK TOUR - LEG 2: APRIL
3rd - Edinburgh The Mash House
4th - Newcastle Riverside
5th - Nottingham Rescue Rooms
6th - Manchester Club Academy 2
10th - Cambridge Junction 1
11th - London Electric Ballroom