Skindred Release “Roots Rock Riot” B-Side “It’s A Crime”


Skindred have released a lyric video for “It’s A Crime“, one of the bonus tracks set for inclusion on the upcoming re-release of their 2007 sophomore album, “Roots Rock Riot“. Hassle Hindsight/Hassle Records will now be reissuing that album on April 23rd. While “It’s A Crime” was originally included on the Japanese version of the album, the other bonus track featured on this reissue, “Struggle“, is previously unreleased.

Frontman Benji Webbe had the following to say about the meaning behind “It’s A Crime“:

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“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 theres other ones that who are just hustling and selling this and selling that and it’s just a crime that hardworking people don’t get what the thieves/criminals get.”

Drummer Arya Goggin added:

“‘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 RRR 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.”

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