Single Review: Skinny Lister's '38 Minutes'
London folk rock sextet Skinny Lister return with an exciting new single from their upcoming album ‘The Story is’.
‘38 Minutes’ is a short and sweet entry that is sure to get audiences singing along to its catchy chorus and dancing to its infectious grooves.
The track is inspired by an accidental missile alert in Hawaii earlier this year, during which the island’s inhabitants were warned of an imminent attack. Sirens wailed for 38 minutes as panic ensued: THIS IS NOT A DRILL.
Skinny Lister are filling up their upcoming album with various short stories such as this one (a fresh and exciting approach to album concepts), and ‘38 Minutes’ is a great track to showcase what is to be expected from the record which comes out next year.
The new tune has us grooving along to an acoustic guitar driven rhythm section and a powerful punk inspired vocal delivery.
Skinny Lister do not wait around to get this track underway with a short intro that leads into a bombastic first verse.
The chorus, however, is the real delight in this song with gorgeous “oohs” weaving in and out of the vocal melody “This is not a drill” which is so easily impressionable.
Underneath this, the drums deliver a strong beat on the cow bell between rhythmic breaks.
Verse two is much the same as the first but with the addition of some great vocal harmonies on certain phrases. This introduces just the right amount of variation to keep us interested in what is a fairly simplistic pop arrangement.
“I pray to a God I never believed in until now”
I love the increased pace of this track in the instrumental section; a tambourine enters underneath a tremolo picked guitar solo that delivers a sense of panic. This feeling continues into the final bars of the song where the line “38 Minutes” is repeated over the backing vocals chanting “This is not a drill” once again.
I am extremely impressed with this new tune by Skinny Lister. While it is slightly more stripped back in its folk inspired instrumentation than some of the band’s other singles, ‘38 Minutes’ is an audience pleaser that gets me excited for their new record.
The band play at The Riverside in Newcastle on the 4th of April 2019, with tickets on sale now.
Photography: Connor MacRae Media