Having blasted dancefloors to smithereens just before Christmas with their ferocious anthem ‘Gimme That Boom’, Skindred return with another instant classic in the form of ‘Set Fazers’. The second single to be taken from their forthcoming album Smile it’s an addictive sci-fi slam-dunk designed to quake arenas and festivals around the planet this summer.
Lead singer Benji Webbe states, “Star date 22.3.23: With this song we’re boldly going where no ragga-metal has gone before. We come in peace, L.O.V.E and unity, to bring Skindred’s outergalactic sound-system to the infinite expanse of the cosmos.”
And that galactic soundsystem comes under attack in the ridiculously entertaining video for ‘Set Fazers’, where the band are hunted down on the streets of London and ‘fazered’ by a giggling purple assassin. It also features social media star Shin who sparked a Skindred-shaped Tik Tok dance craze last month, so the band invited him on set to bring his moves to ‘Set Fazers’.
Skindred drummer Arya Goggin explains, “The idea with the ‘Set Fazers’ video was to make a Sci Fi meets Dancehall epic! Through TikTok we met an amazing dancer called Shin (whose dance to our song ‘Nobody’ went viral earlier this year) and he’s added his unique style to the video too. We had so much fun filming it and can’t wait to share it with everyone.”
Both ‘Set Fazers’ and ‘Gimme That Boom’ will be igniting moshpits and stages in coming months as Skindred headline both Takedown and Dominion Festivals in the UK before heading out on a massive arena run as Special Guests of American legends KISS on their much-anticipated farewell tour. The band will also be bringing their unparalleled live set to the main stages of 2000 Trees and Maid Of Stone Festivals in the UK, plus special appearances at various other key European festivals this summer including the likes of Wacken Open Air, With Full Force Festival, NovaRock and Grasspop to name but a few.
Their new album Smile is set to be hailed as the band’s masterpiece; an album that brings together all facets of Skindred’s music – from reggae to metal, rock to pop, dub to electro – into the most mind-expanding and potent collection of songs, designed to melt stereos around the world. It’s their eighth long-player and their first for Earache Records, with whom they signed a global four-album deal last year.
UK 2023 TOUR DATES
8th April: Portsmouth, Takedown Festival *
7th May: Durham, Dominion Festival *
3rd June: Plymouth, Home Park Stadium **
5th June: Birmingham, Resorts World Arena **
6th June: Newcastle, Utilita Arena **
7th June: Austria, Novarock Festival
5th July: London, The O2 **
7th July: Manchester, AO Arena **
8th July: Glasgow, OVO Hydro **
9th July: Cheltenham, 2000 Trees Festival
23rd July: Maidstone, Maid Of Stone Festival
2nd August: Germany, Wacken Festival
* festival headliner
** KISS special guests
For tickets & more details go to www.skindred.net/live
SMILE BRAND NEW ALBUM RELEASED AUGUST 4TH PREORDER HERE