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Spirited English five-piece Skinny Lister occupies the middle ground between the punkish folk-rock of the Pogues and the evocative, hoedown-laden rural pop of Mumford & Sons. Built around co-lead vocalists Dan Heptinstall and Lorna Thomas, and featuring the talents of Sam Brace, Dan Gray, and Max Thomas (Lorna's older brother), the group formed in London's Greenwich area in early 2010. By the summer of 2011, the band's rowdy singalongs had become a fixture on the festival circuit, and it was time to release a proper album. Produced by David Wrench (Bat for Lashes, James Yorkston) and named after a favorite pub, the resulting Forge & Flagon was issued in 2013. Down on Deptford Broadway followed in 2015 and saw the band adopt a more punk-oriented sound. It was a well-received effort, drawing praise from outlets such as NME and The Guardian. Their third album, 2016's The Devil, The Heart & the Fight, was produced by Tristan Ivemy, who frequently worked with Xtra Mile labelmate Frank Turner. ~ James Christopher Monger