Up-and-coming Manchester band Thin-Skinned are to play The Eagle Inn, Salford, next month.

The band formed in 2016 after the members moved from North Yorkshire to Manchester for University.

Band member James Johnston said of their music: “It’s a bit niche, a bit pretentious, I normally bore on saying it’s a mish-mash of ambient, shoegaze, indie-folk.”

Photo credit: Amy Pirie 

Fans can expect a varied set. James said: “There’ll be some softer ones, some that are a bit louder and harder, ones with more technology and synth, drum pads etc used in them and then some that are more just classic guitar bass and drums.”

Support for the gig comes from Tyneside trio Swine Tax and Matthew Fisher, who also helped the band with recording their new singles.

Last month the band played their first gig in London. Thin-skinned say crowds in the North and the South differ, lead singer Gus Beveridge suggested the reason for this being that “maybe in Manchester and in the north there’s more of an attitude, in the south its a bit more atmospheric.”

Gus, James and fellow band member Rob Terry knew each other from college but Gus wasn’t always the lead singer.

James said: “I asked him to join after I heard a demo for a song he’d written and uploaded to SoundCloud. I was lying in bed, when I heard it and just thought ‘what the hell he’s been right in front of me this whole time and I didn’t even realise he sounds like Jeff Buckley. He’d be perfect for this band.’ It’s worked out amazingly in that sense.”

The three unanimously agreed that their cover of Toxic by Britney Spears is one of their favourites to play live because, in Rob’s words “everyone gets down to that”.

James also adds: “I like doing Limp Lips too because Rob’s got some nice solos and we end the set with it. it’s quite a popular one as well with people who see us for the first time.

“I also like the new thing we do in a new song called Salt where we use my laptop and lead the song in with a reversed kick drum beat.”

Photo credit: Amy Pirie

The band is no strangers to Manchester venues either. Rob said: “I always like playing at Jimmy’s, even thought it only fits about 100 people but it always fills up and everyone that goes there always likes looking for new music. Like people who are actually interested in music.”

One of the traditions of a Thin-Skinned gig is taking a picture of their audience.

Thin-Skinned’s audience at Jimmy’s, Northern Quarter on 26 November 2018 | Credit: James Johnston

James said: “I like taking the pics because I love looking at the people in them afterwards and seeing if they looked like they were buzzing from it or not. It’s good to get a bit of a memory to look back at too because this band is my absolute favourite thing in the world and the more of these pics I have, the more I have to look back at.

“But it’s also helpful for us to understand what the vibe was like and if we played a good gig or not. We’re finding, now, that more and more people are coming to gigs and they stay for the full set and they want to be in the photo.”

Thin-Skinned’s audience at 93 Feet East, Shoreditch on 18 January 2019 | Credit: James Johnston

Thin-skinned have also been spending time in the studio and will be releasing at least four new singles this year, one of which was recorded in Salford.

Thin-Skinned play at The Eagle Inn on March 3. Doors open at 7.30pm. Tickets can be purchased in advance or £5 on the door.

Featured Image: Amy Pirie

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