They were supposed to jam for half an hour; they actually did an hour and a half. I think that tells you most of what you need to know if you couldn’t make it down to Carnaby Street at 5pm on Monday for this absolute gem of an acoustic session.
With a mere three teenagers hanging out on the railings outside Drop Dead at 4.45 we’re thinking ‘great, everyone’s still at work so we’ll be able to see, this is sweet’. Oh, how wrong we were. At 5pm a swarm of people seemed to appear out of nowhere and proceeded in beginning a reggae themed game of sardines inside the store.
As much as this meant I couldn’t really see much, I was more than happy to stand on my tiptoes and this band thoroughly deserves to see a shop rammed full of fans psyched for their acoustic magic. That sounds dramatic I know, but if you’ve ever stumbled across a Skints acoustic on YouTube you’ll understand where I’m coming from.
“We were supposed to work out what we were going to do for you guys on the drive back from France last night, but we sort of watched The Lion King instead”. The beauty of this session was probably quite a lot to do with the fact that the next song was lead by how they (and the audience!) were feeling after the last one.
Classic songs from The Skints’ back catalogue and some reggae-fied covers were given a smooth, vibey acoustic treatment over the following 90 minutes. Particular highlights were hearing Ratatat acoustically (not convinced the band was really feeling this though…) and hearing their absolutely incredible cover of This Charming Man in person after loving it on YouTube for so long.
However, The Skints’ musical talent is so obvious and their harmonies are so tight that every single song was both captivating and impressive. Capturing the real essence of the recorded track without losing the ‘chilled’ acoustic feel is something that requires care and attention and The Skints clearly managed this despite their overarching love for Disney classics.
Special mention has got to go to the Kiss From A Rose cover featuring Marcia, Reeps One and Josh Bevan. Josh has got an absolutely beautiful voice which was only enhanced by stunning harmonies from Marcia. I’ve never really understood the wisdom of beatboxing but Reeps definitely made this cover what it is by keeping it acoustic and yet switching it up and giving it a proper vibe. Watch it here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ov6kNDiLjFo