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Skindred Interview Ahead Of Leeds Gig In April
Graham Clark, Features Writer
British rock outfit, Skindred are to play a gig in Leeds on 27 April - the same day that their new album, Big Tings is released. The Start The Machine tour is named after the new single Machine which features the vocals of regular frontman Benji and guest vocals from Gary Stringer from Reef.

I had a chat with Arya Goggin, drummer with the band about the new album and tour.

The new album Big Tings is out at the end of April, what can we expect?
The album is called Big Tings. It is about reimagining the band, it is like we have had a second chance. We had lots of new ideas and it is about knowing you can achieve what you set out to do. The melody is there in the songs as it always was. In fact you could whistle these tunes.

The live shows are always good, do you have any favourite venues?
Nottingham Rock City is one of our favourites - we play there on this tour and that gig is sold out. As cities go, Manchester and Leeds are always good. I remember when we last played Leeds the fans were singing
"Yorkshire, Yorkshire" between the songs. We are looking forward to playing the o2 Academy in Leeds on the tour, the last time we played that venue was 2012.

Brixton Academy is another good one as I went to see a lot of bands there such as White Zombie and Therapy and now we are playing there.

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Is it hard choosing a set list for the tour?
Yes, it is difficult. I actually put the setlist together then give it to the rest of the guys to see what they think. There are certain tracks in there such as Warning that the fans expect you to play. It is like watching your favourite part of a film in that you do not want it to change.

Do you have any favourite countries to play?
Yes, Germany is always good. We are doing the Wacken Festival this year and it is always good as it is always a great crowd, they embrace us, they are not snobby at all. But like in the UK rock music over there is a lifestyle thing, it is the only genre of music when you are in it for life, the fans are dedicated.

You have supported a lot of big bands, who has been the best?
The best band was Disturbed, we spent two months supporting them in America and then went on to support them in Canada, the band were really kind to us and they are now our friends. We supported the band too in London when they first came over here. Their crew are amazing too.

You have a great frontman in Benji?
He is fantastic, no gig is too small or large for the band be it festivals or club dates, we like mixing it up. Benji always gets the best from the crowd, he treats them as friends and family. He probably wouldn't thank me for saying this but the other frontman I know who can command an audience like this is Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson.

Of course too we always have the "Newport helicopter" where the fans take off their T Shirts and wave them above their heads like a helicopter which I'm sure will happen when we play the Leeds gig. It is going to be a big celebration.

Skindred play Leeds o2 Academy on Friday 27 April.

Tickets available now from:
www.ticketmaster.co.uk

Skindred Interview Ahead Of Leeds Gig In April, 2nd March 2018, 15:10 PM