DoubleCross, Cooking Vinyl’s recently launched rock imprint have signed UK ragga metal band Skindred to a new worldwide record deal.
With media already predicting 2013 as the year of heavy rock, the band are currently camped in Roni Size’s Bristol studio, writing and recording in preparation for a new album. The new material will be produced by James ‘LeRock’ Loughrey (Page & Plant, Flux Pavilion) who worked on the band’s 2011 album Union Black.
Skindred blend elements of punk, rock, metal, reggae and electronic music. In 2011 they won Kerrang’s Devotion award, while last year they picked up Metal Hammer’s coveted Golden God for Best Live Act and have been described by Radio 1’s Daniel P Carter as “one of the best live acts Britain has ever produced”.
2012 saw Skindred play a string of high-profile festival slots - including Download, Exit and Rock A Parque - along with sold-tours at venues such as London’s Brixton Academy.
The band has sold more than half a million records worldwide during their career to date.
DoubleCross intend to build on Skindred’s international profile, coordinating a dynamic global campaign for the new album set for release in 2013.
Celebrating the signing, DoubleCross general manager, Phil Hopwood said: "Skindred are a genuinely unique band. They sound like no one else, and it's really exciting to be working with them. We feel there is huge potential for Skindred internationally whilst continuing to develop their UK profile."
Skindred’s manager, Seven Webster from 7PM Management, added: “I love what Cooking Vinyl have done with acts like The Prodigy globally, and I have known Phil since he was one of the best label managers at Vital (now PIAS UK). To be working with this combined tour de force is for me the perfect team to help take Skindred to the next level.”
DoubleCross was launched in 2012 with Hopwood’s mission to sign the world’s hottest rock and metal acts.
Skindred have joined the label as it is primed to release the debut album by The Virginmarys – King Of Conflict - on February 4.