Welcome

 
The Skapones are a 2Tone Ska band based in the Tees Valley in England.

The ensemble got together to play a music that they all love, and the chaps intend to perform their hot original 2Tone inspired material  and
other foot stomping favourite tunes, with the objective of making you dance and smile.
 
The debut original album of material " Cradle To Grave" was  released to critical acclaim in early 2018.
The Ultimate party band that have played across UK, Europe, Ireland & the USA.
 
 



 

What they are saying about "Rude Boy Rude Girl" the new single! 

The music media are responding very favourably to our new single offering "Rude Boy Rude Girl"

The single, which is due out on December 19th on all formats, is a ray of sunshine after a year of troubled times.

Frivolous maybe, but lets lighten the mood and sing along.

Here's a couple of reviews - 

Stephen Shafer (The Duff Guide To Ska)

" The Skapones new single "Rude Boy Rude Girl" (7" vinyl single/CD single/digital, Cosa Nostra Records, 2020) is tailor-made to lift one's mood and lend some much-needed hope and joy during these crap plague times (it's an updated "pack up your troubles in your old kit bag and do the ska" morale-booster!). "Rude Boy Rude Girl" is a fantastic, super-upbeat, sing-along-to-the-chorus 2 Tone/calypso cut celebrating ska's sound, vision, and attitude ("White boy, black girl/2 Tone through and through/Dr. Martens, pork pie hats/Tonic suits and monkey boots/They do the ska/They do the rocksteady/Rude boy, rude girl get ready...Whatcha gonna do/When the ska takes hold of you?"). My wonderful former bandmate Pamela Anderson-Buckley of Rude Boy George provides steel drum-sounding keys, and Carlos Russell of Argentina's Malambo Ska contributes percussion. The flip is a version of The Skapones' terrific fourth single/theme song, "Skapones A Go Go (Live)."

ORIGINAL ARTICLE LINK - DUFF GUIDE TO SKA - SKAPONES REVIEW DEC 2020

 

Guy Shankland ( Original Rock)

" Rude Boy Rude Girl’ out on December 19th. 

I need some fucking sunshiiiine… Christ, just a glimmer, a glimmer of hope in this Tier 1-2-3 Covid kissed madness we live in today. Then, as if on queue The Skapones release their knees up, chin out, sky blue single ‘Rude Girl Rude Boy’. Suddenly for just a couple of minutes the clouds part and beers are poured lazily into chilled glasses as the band add a healthy splash of calypso to this already infectious 2-Tone sound. ‘Rude Boy Rude Girl’ is a much-needed distraction from Cummings, Johnson, Rabb and Hancock shit show we are being visually force-fed over our daily cornflakes. Let the skanking and smiling commence! The B-side is a live version of ‘Skapones A-Go-Go’ which is another reason to go out and support these salt of the earth Rudies. 

‘Rude Boy Rude Girl’ is out on Dec19th on all the usual streaming platforms"

ORIGNAL ARTICLE LINK - ORIGINAL ROCK SKAPONES REVIEW

NEW SINGLE FOR CHRISTMAS 2020!!  

*** NEW SINGLE NEWS *** 

Yes! In an attempt to bring sunshine into peoples lives,we are issuing 

" RUDE BOY RUDE GIRL" as our new single!!! 

TO BE RELEASED IN DECEMBER ON 7" VINYL / CD/ DIGI DOWNLOAD. 

We were going to issue "Eyes Of A Child" but that will appear on the new album "Northern Gods". 

RB RG is a calypso-y, uplifting tune. 

Let The Skapones take you away from the nightmare that is 2020 for 3 heavenly mins to  a world less stressful. 

Mixed and mastered by Paul Ayriss and featuring our friends Pamela Anderson-Buckley of Rude Boy George in the USA and Carlos Russell of Malambo Ska in Argentina on percussion! 

Single Art by YORKIE coming soon 

PODCAST A GO GO!  

Hi everyone!

Yes- as lockdown no.2 kicks in, it puts an end to our recording spell. Bugger! we hear you say and rightly so!

So... to keep us entertained its home recording which isn't ideal we are launching a series of PODCASTS!

The "in" thing we are told.

So...here we are - 

THE SKAPONES SOUNDOFF PODCAST SERIES

The link is below

THE SKAPONES PODCAST SERIES

You can listen online on the Podbean website, download the Podbean app to your phone and listen on the go.

The podcasts are released every Friday night every week at 7pm.

Its good fun, with Willo joined by a band member every week and special guests coming in as well and members favourite tunes and other ska related items.

Episode 4 "Sax In The City"

Heres Episode One "Its All About The Bass" which featured bassist Kev Watson.

 

RETRO A GO GO!  

Woooooo!

Its all happening.

We are going back in time!.

We are releasing " Cradle To Grave- Retro Edition " a very special cassette  on a C90 tape! Its got extra tracks, live tracks, dubs, the works!

We will be issuing release date soon and it looks fab with great art again  from Yorkie - see below!

Coming Soon!

 

THE USA SINGLE & USA DOC FILM ON SALE FROM SUNDAY 30TH AUGUST! 

Its been a busy fruitful time here at Skapones HQ

The split USA import 7" vinyl single with our mates the Detroit Riddim Crew have arrived safely in the UK and along with the 2 hour documentary of our 2019 USA Tour they both go on sale in the shop from Sunday 30th August!! 

The vinyl looks and sounds fabulous - a mere steal at a fiver. The documentary will come as a download so once you buy it - you will be emailed a download link so ensure YOU CHECK YOUR SPAM FOLDERS TOO.

All of this is exciting stuff and we hope you will share it with us along the way. 

 

BUY HERE

" WAY OUT WEST - AN OFFBEAT ADVENTURE" - THE USA TOUR DOCUMENTARY 

Hi chaps, we hope you are all keeping very well and fit in these bizarre times.

Just a heads up to say the documentary of our 2 week tour of the USA last year is almost ready for sale!

Entitled "Way Out West - An Offbeat Adventure", and filmed and edited and narrated by Mick & Ruth Jenner, it shows some great insights to the travelling, the sights and sounds of our madcap furious tour of the USA which saw us go coast to coast, nip into Canada n travel in to the Midwest.

It will be released in hard copy and direct download

There will be a free download of a few mp3s of the tunes from the trip and a few of the other acts who played with us. Once the link is live we will post here and across our social media.Enjoy!

 

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