The Skints will performing a special live acoustic set in-store at Rough Trade BRISTOL and signing copies of their new album 'Swimming Lessons', released 10th May on Mr Bongo.This event is Free Entry, with the option to pre-order an album / ticket, and we will have your guaranteed album ready and waiting to collect on the day of this in-store. Born from the underground London punk scene, The Skints have built up a formidable live reputation in recent years, playing as many as 150 shows a year. They are described by Clash magazine as “the torchbearers for modern British reggae music”, marking them out as one of the most respected bands in the UK, whilst maintaining independence and a strong connection to their DIY roots.Doors 1.30pmThe Skints 2pmFormed while at school in 2007, The Skints hail from the Waltham Forest and Redbridge boroughs of North East London. They cut their teeth in London’s underground punk scene, before venturing out of the M25 to play their first self-booked DIY venture, going on to embark on a heaving touring regime across the nation.Debut album ‘Live, Breathe, Build, Believe’, released at the end of 2009, was championed by BBC Radio 1's Punk Show, whilst 2012’s ‘Part & Parcel’, the second full-length album by the band, further built their fan base and opened doors to heavy touring, festivals and markets outside of the UK and across Europe. The follow-up album, the critically-acclaimed ‘FM’, released in 2015, reached number 5 on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart and number 7 on the Independent Albums Chart in the UK.The Skints have toured extensively across the globe, playing hundreds of shows and festivals including Summerjam (Germany), Dour Festival (Belgium), California Roots (US) and ReggaeSunSka (France). In the UK, The Skints sold-out their most recent UK tour including London’s prestigious Shepherd’s Bush Empire, and have performed at Reading and Leeds Festival, Bestival, Glastonbury and Boomtown Festival performing to 15,000 fans.The band are soon to release their highly anticipated fourth album, ‘Swimming Lessons’, out on 10th May via Mr Bongo. Drawing on influences as sprawling as Bad Brains, Popcaan, No Doubt, Alton Ellis, Wiley and Weezer, ‘Swimming Lessons’ deals with crushing heartbreak, the impending doom of Brexit and the current political climate, all the while surviving as independent musicians navigating the weird world of 2019. All of these are proverbial “swimming lessons” life throws at us.