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LISTEN: Skindred’s Rare Track ‘It’s A Crime’, Taken From Their Upcoming Reissue Of ‘Roots Rock Riot’

Jack Rogers
Jack Rogers 3 February 2021 at 11.24

The track was originally only available on the Japanese version of the album.

are gearing up to reissue their second album 'Roots Rock Riot' via Hassle Records on April 21. 

Alongside the original tracklisting, the album also features some rare and unheard tracks, including this one. 

'It's A Crime' originally only appeared on the Japanese version of the album and is now all these years later being unleashed on the rest of the world. 

Here's the story of the song, courtesy of drummer Arya Goggin:

“‘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 tracklisting flowed.
“We were so happy with how the album progressed from the opening 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.”

And vocalist Benji Webbe had this to add about the song's inspiration:

“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.”

So here we go:

You can pre-order your copy of the reissue from right HERE

And here's a classic for you:

The band are scheduled to tour the UK in the Autumn. Here's the dates for ya:


23 - CAMBRIDGE Junction
24 - OXFORD Academy
25 - NORTHAMPTON Roadmenders
30 - LEEDS Academy


01 - BIRMINGHAM Institute
02 - LONDON Roundhouse
07 - CARDIFF Tramshed
08 - BRISTOL Academy
09 - NOTTINGHAM Rock City
15 - SOUTHAMPTON Guildhall
22 - SHEFFIELD Corporation
23 - NEWCASTLE Uni Students’ Union
29 - BEXHILL De La Warr Pavilion
30 - MANCHESTER Academy

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