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Skindred Unveil Rare Track It's A Crime From Upcoming 'Roots Rock Riot' Reissue

Wednesday, 03 February 2021 Written by Jon Stickler

Skindred have shared a rare song from the Japanese version of their 2007 album 'Roots Rock Riot'.

It's A Crime taps into the ragga-punk-metal sound that is entirely unique to the Welsh rockers, and will feature on the forthcoming reissue of their second album, due April 23.

Alongside the original tracklist, there will be a second unreleased song called Struggle and an acoustic version of Destroy The Dance Floor. Drummer Arya Goggin said:

"It’s A Crime was written in 2006 in our basement studio below St Joseph’s Boxing club in Newport. It’s where all the writing for 'Roots Rock Riot' took place. The only reason it didn’t make the album was because of how the album track listing flowed.

"We were so happy with how the album progressed from the opening of chaos of Roots Rock Riot to the epic ending of Choices And Decisions we didn’t want to crowbar another song in needlessly. It was a hard decision to leave it out but we are so happy it’s being included in the re-release. It was always a band and producer favourite."

Reflecting on the inspiration behind the track, vocalist Benji Webbe added: "I live in a neighbourhood (Newport, Wales) where back in the day, a lot of people were working hard and getting ripped off in life and then there are others who are just hustling and selling this and selling that. It’s just a crime that hardworking people don’t get what the thieves/criminals get."

Available on vinyl for the first time as well as CD, the re-release can be pre-ordered here. The band will embark on their Showtime Tour in September, joined by special guests Royal Republic. Remaining tickets are on sale now.

'Roots Rock Riot' (Reissue) tracklist:

1 Roots Rock Riot
2 Trouble
3 Ratrace
4 State Of Emergency
5 Alright
6 Destroy The Dance Floor
7 Rude Boy For Life
8 Killing Me
9 Spit Out The Poison
10 Cause Ah Riot
11 Ease Up
12 Choices and Decisions
13 It's A Crime
14 Struggle
15 Destroy The Dance Floor (Acoustic)

Skindred Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Thu September 23 2021 - CAMBRIDGE Junction 1
Fri September 24 2021 - OXFORD O2 Academy Oxford
Sat September 25 2021 - NORTHAMPTON Roadmender
Thu September 30 2021 - LEEDS O2 Academy Leeds
Fri October 01 2021 - BIRMINGHAM O2 Institute
Sat October 02 2021 - LONDON Roundhouse
Thu October 07 2021 - CARDIFF Tramshed
Fri October 08 2021 - BRISTOL O2 Academy Bristol
Sat October 09 2021 - NOTTINGHAM Rock City
Sun October 10 2021 - GLASGOW SWG3 Galvanizers
Fri October 15 2021 - SOUTHAMPTON O2 Guildhall Southampton
Fri October 22 2021 - SHEFFIELD Corporation
Sat October 23 2021 - NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE Newcastle University Students Union
Fri October 29 2021 - BEXHILL ON SEA De La Warr Pavilion
Sat October 30 2021 - MANCHESTER Manchester Academy
Sun October 31 2021 - NORWICH Nick Rayns LCR

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