WKW is proud to present our new song and video, “Spitfire.” Look for an audio release soon. Full-length album “Men of Steel” now available on CD and all digital outlets. Visit wkwmusic.com for more info.

SPITFIRE
(written by Bruce Watson, Jamie Watson and Thomas Kercheval)

Washed up on the shoreline
Burning in the sunshine
Left my pot of gold inside a sunken cartel
Crawling through the debris
Freedom isn’t ever free
Never gonna pay my way out of this hell

Shot down in a hail of gunfire
They swore we would never return
Like the ghost of a lonely Spitfire
We come back just to make the sky burn with life

Lift your eyes.

We’ll light the way
We’ll light the way
We’ll light the way or die

Stranded in a ravine
Shackled to a dead dream
As the fog is lifting on the glen of my soul
Blanket for a long night
Wake up to a fist fight
Time to smoke the hypocrites out of their holes

Set sail on the telegraph wire
Once feared is of no more concern
On the wings of a wounded Spitfire
We bring news that the tide has turned for love

Lift your eyes.

We’ll light the way
We’ll light the way
We’ll light the way or die.

Songs From A Haunted Ballroom

Scottish Punk Icons SKIDS Announce Their First Ever Covers Album and release their version of ULTRAVOX’s “Young Savage!”
Los Angeles, CA

– Veteran punk rock outfit Skids have returned with a powerful new studio album that pays tribute to the band’s hometown venue, the historic Kinema Ballroom in Dunfermline, Scotland. Both a live venue as well as a traditional dance club, the Kinema became a musical and cultural epicenter for the youth in Scotland’s Fife province especially during the late ‘70s, early ‘80s punk rock movement. It would also became the home venue for Skids who played numerous shows at the Kinema as both a support act for such legendary bands as The Clash as well as the headliners for multiple sold-out events.
Now, Skids take a walk down memory lane, performing songs by the bands who influenced them in those early years. Songs From A Haunted Ballroom includes unique and superbly arranged new versions of tracks by The Clash, The Adverts, Ultravox, Sex Pistols, and Magazine PLUS new versions of their own early hits “Into The Valley” and “The Saints Are Coming!”
Today the band unveils the first single from the album, a supercharged version of Ultravox’s “Young Savage.” Skids vocalist Richard Jobson shares the unexpected influence that the stylish, distinctively British new wave band Ultravox had on Skids, saying “John Foxx of Ultravox was cool, handsome and wrote poetry rather than lyrics. He made it ok for the rest of us to be a bit arty. ‘Young Savage’ was a massive hit in the Kinema.”

Stream the single: https://orcd.co/skids_young_savage

“I’ve loved working on this album,” Jobson continues, “It reminded me of those early cathartic days, and of course where I came from. The place that made me what I am. I would like to dedicate the album to all of the Punks and Ghosts from the day of The Kinema who like me had their life transformed through a love of music.”

Songs From A Haunted Ballroom will be available on both CD in a deluxe 6-panel digipak and colored vinyl in a gatefold jacket as well as on digital platforms everywhere starting June 4!

Pre-order the CD & vinyl: https://cleorecs.com/store/?s=skids%20songs%20from%20haunted

Pre-order/pre-save the digital: https://orcd.co/skids_songs_from_a_haunted_ballroom

We are delighted to bring you our first full band electric set for over a year! For one night only we are going on a world tour and you can access this unique event (stream) by following the link and purchasing a ticket.

The gig will be screened 6 times on Saturday 3rd April so you can view the show anywhere in the world.

All you need to do now is get your ticket and get the beers chilling!!!

Ticket Link: https://live.streamdigital.tv/

This show was professionally recorded under strict Covid-19 protocols.

Mark Brzezicki
Simon Hough
Bruce Watson
Jamie Watson
Scott Whitley

 

 

Bruce’s 60th Birthday Bash – Livestream Event, 7th March 2021

As you are all no doubt aware, our very own inventor of the seagull turns 60 years young in March. Come and join Bruce and Jamie with Richard Jobson on the 7th March for an acoustic livestream event to celebrate the special occasion.

There will be a mixture of skids songs, stories and 4 or 5 Big Country songs over the course of the evening.

There will be the option for anyone buying a ticket to purchase special “add-ons” that will only be available for this event, including a fashionable 60th BW teeshirt!

If that wasn’t enough, all those who buy a ticket for the livestream will be entered into a draw for the chance to be involved doing some backing vocals on the next Skids album.

Bruce , Jamie and Richard look forward to “seeing” you on the 7th March – Get your tickets here :

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/an-evening-with-skids-bruce-watsons-60th-birthday-bash-tickets-132810643209

Songs From A Haunted Ballroom

There is no doubt that 2020 was challenging, to say the least for everyone. We hope all our friends worldwide are safe and well.

With shows cancelled etc, we have all missed being out on the road sharing our songs and stories with you. Here’s hoping the live shows will return in 2021.

We have made the most of the time during the restrictions and the new covers album is complete. A collection of songs that were a part of our fast evolving world at a great time of social change and musical revolution. Release date for album coming soon. Thanks to everyone for the unwavering love and support and we hope to see you all soon.

We are currently monitoring the ongoing situation regarding Coronavirus and our Bookings Agent is working closely with Promoters and venues with regards our upcoming shows.

These are unprecedented times for all of us and any decisions made have to be in the interest of the fans, the band, crew, venue staff and all of our families. As you are most likely aware, the UK Government has advised against “mass gatherings” and issued guidelines regarding self-isolation and travel. Any decision made regarding shows will be taking all of the above into consideration.

We never like having to cancel shows but we are sure you will understand if shows cannot go ahead over the next couple of months.

This message will also be pinned to the top of the Facebook page and any shows that are cancelled/postponed will be listed below. Please check venues regarding any rescheduling and details of ticket validity etc.

The plan is to update this list on a daily basis as and when we get notice of affected shows.

LIST OF GIGS AFFECTED :

BIG COUNTRY:

Fri 27th Mar WHITBY
Postponed to 17 April 2021

Fri 3rd April DONCASTER
Postponed to 3rd April 2021

Sat 4th April HOLMFIRTH
Postponed to 14th August 2020

Thurs 9th April NANTWICH
Postponed to April 2021

Sat 11th April MOTHERWELL
Postponed to 5th March 2021

Sun 12th April MELROSE
Postponed

Thu 23rd April HENGELO
Postponed to 01/03/2021

Fri 24th April ROERMOND
Postponed to 26/02/2021

Sat 25th April HOOFDDORP
Postponed to 27/02/2021

Sun 26th April ROTTERDAM
Postponed to 28/02/2021

Sat 8th May BOLSOVER (Under the Castle)
Postponed to 2nd May 2021

Fri 22nd May NORTHERN KIN FESTIVAL
Postponed to 28th-30th August 2020

Sat 23rd May W FESTIVAL – BELGIUM
Postponed to 17th August 2020 (TBC)

Thurs 29th May AARHUS, DENMARK
Fri 30th May COPENHAGEN, DENMARK
Sat 31st May GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN
Sun 1st Jun OSLO, NORWAY
These 4 Scandinavian dates are now Postponed – date tbc

Fri 5th June COTTINGHAM
Postponed to 6th March 2021

Sat 6th June DUNFERMLINE
Postponed to 3rd Sept 2020

Sat 4th July. INVERNESS
Postponed to 03/07/2021

Fri 17th July. TAN HILL INN
Postponed to 23/07/21

Sat 18th July SHETLAND (Mareel)
Postponed to 27.12.20

Fri 31st July NEWCASTLE ROCKS FESTIVAL
Postponed to 13/12/20

THE SKIDS:

Thurs 19th to
Sun 22nd March Acoustic Shows
Postponed – new dates tbc

Sat 28th March SCARBOROUGH PUNK FESTIVAL
Postponed to March 2021

Acoustic Shows : April 2020 Postponed to FEBRUARY 2021
Mon 13th BARNOLDSWICK – Postponed to 11/02/2021
Tue 14th FROME – Postponed to 16/02/2021
Wed 15th CARDIFF – Postponed to 17/02/2021
Thu 16th LONDON – Postponed to 14/02/2021
Fri 17th HARPENDEN – Postponed to 13/02/2021
Sat 18th BLACKBURN – Postponed to 18/02/2021
Sun 19th DUNFERMLINE – Postponed to 19/02/2021

Sun 24th May STONE VALLEY FESTIVAL (SOUTH)
Postponed to Sat 29th August

Fri 26th June COTTINGHAM
Postponed to 26/03/2021

Electric Shows

Fri  16th Oct MANCHESTER – Postponed to 08/10/2021
Sat 17th Oct ISLINGTON – Postponed to 09/10/2021
Fri 23rd Oct BILSTON – Postponed to 13/11/2021
Sat 24th Oct BRIGHTON – Postponed to 30/10/2021
Fri 6th Nov EDINBURGH – Postponed to 22/10/2021
Sat 7th Nov ABERDEEN – Postponed to 23/20/2021
Fri 13th Nov NOTTINGHAM – Postponed to 15/10/2021
Sat 14th Nov LEEDS – Postponed to 29/10/2021
Fri 20th Nov KENDAL – Postponed to 5/11/2021
Sat 21st Nov NEWCASTLE – Postponed to 12/11/2021

Hi, everyone. Now that all pledge orders have been shipped, we are happy to announce that the physical CD is available again for purchase for those of you late to the party. Just go to wkwmusic.com/music to place an order. Purchasing the CD also gets you a free download of the digital verison. Also, here’s the final promo video for the album now that it’s been released. Feel free to share, and thanks so much for all the great feedback!

Men of Steel

Bruce and Jamie Watson are proud to announce a new project with their good friend Tom Kercheval. Details about new music from WKW including the CD “Men of Steel” can be seen in the post below and at www.wkwmusic.com

WKW – Bruce Watson, Jamie Watson and Thomas Kercheval – are proud to announce the crowdfunding campaign for our forthcoming album, “Men of Steel”. The album has been fully recorded and mixed, and the mastering is just about finished. A digital release is definite, but we’re hoping to also release the album in CD form, and that’s where the crowdfunding campaign comes in.

This short video offers a brief glimpse of the album: a collection of fiery, anthemic songs with mounds of huge guitars and special guests Colin Berwick and Bill Simpson. For a much longer look and a lot more info, visit our crowdfunding site at: wkwmusic.com.

There you’ll find a great assortment of perks to choose from, everything from the CD itself to collections of demos, full-length albums from Bruce and Jamie and Tom, Meet and Greets and soundcheck access at BC shows, appearances on The Great Divide podcast, personalized recordings, signed photos and more.

In fact, for the first week of the campaign, all pledgers will receive a FREE download of our take on the classic “Killiecrankie” from the “Men of Steel” album!

We’re incredibly proud of this album, and we’ve worked incredibly hard on it over the last year. We can’t wait to share it with you. Thanks for your support!

wkwmusic.com