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Based on the South coast of England, Ade (vocals) and Rich (bass and programming) came together in 2016 to form STOCKSNSKINS. The duo brings into sharp relief the beat(en) generation's experiences of modern life with all its social awkwardness, described through sharp, relatable lyrics driven by explosive basslines and underpinned by electronic beats and synths.
Having already released four EP's on AnalogueTrash with Them Today (May 2018), Dizzy Heights (November 2018), Free Speech (March 2019), and Drinks 'n' Nibbles (May 2020) and their first full album Face Don't Fit (September 2019); the duo now brings their latest commentary on how they fit into the world with their new EP, Basement Story Culture. It's released on the 27th of August 2021 with its preceding single CONTROL ALT DELETE out on the 30th of July.
It's no surprise that the last eighteen months in the UK didn't pass by without comment from the Boscombe beat and bass heroes. Basement Story Culture sees STOCKSNSKINS weave their mix of sardonic lyrics and wandering basslines to vividly describe tales of working from home, pressures of multidrop deliveries, and being governed by a party of characters who reside in a moral vacuum.
'We really wanted a DIY feel to this release,' says Ade, 'Delivering a beat poetry message - raw, uncut, un-polished - something that people can really relate to, music within reach that's succinct and flab free but all toe tapping lip synching pearlers.'
Basement Story Culture's three tracks present a harder nosed, more direct narrative than we've heard before from STOCKSNSKINS, though the awkwardness and absurdity of modern life is still there on display. You just have to concentrate a bit harder, invest some time and seek it out in the lyrics, which is no bad thing after all. Rich's bass lines mirror the narrative, ultimately playful in nature they also elicit a sense of claustrophobia, panic, and loss throughout the three tracks.
'Sleazy is our lead track for this EP,' continues Ade, 'It's got the classic up-tempo STOCKSNSKINS bassline, and I remember writing this after a few beers, mirroring life in this country; trying to be better, always looking for something better, all the while desperately trying to hold on to what you have, don't we all like to feather our nests?'
'Prime came from a brilliant piece of music and bass by Rich. It screamed out to me, and it was one of those tracks where the lyrics just came to me on that first listening and it was too obvious to be in time with the basslines, so I just dropped some really obvious out of time lyrics, just to be awkward and say 'Ha! Who needs to be in time?''
Finally, Ade sums up the third track Control Alt Delete 'This was a bit about the working from home shite, trying to write, maintain family life, being overloaded by everything, then this funky bassline comes in from Rich and all I could think of was controlling and deleting, resetting the mind, shutting it down and taking a break. Though ironically I think it's a message about losing control.'
Basement Story Culture will be available on the usual digital services including Bandcamp.
released August 27, 2021
STOCKSNSKINS are Ade (lyrics/vocals) and Rich (bass/electronics)