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.”
“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!
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!!!
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 :
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.
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!
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!