House vs Home Singles Club 11: The Mini Skips

Number eleven in the House VS Home singles club series comes from Sheffield duet The Mini Skips. Having done a lovely job opening the House VS Home stage at this year’s Tramlines festival, Markie and Vinnie return with their first single – Advice for New Lovers. The title track is a back-and-forth argument between an apparently seasoned couple, set over a carefully picked (and sporadically jaunty) guitar and an accompanying Melodica lick. The B-side – a cover of Dean Friedman’s 1978 hit Lucky Stars – is presented here as the inspiration for the pair’s lyrical argument. It is quieter, and in many ways more devastating, than the title track but still stands strong as an anti-love song.

The Mini Skips are Vinnie Ransome and Markie Wainwright. Vinnie is known for singing vocals and playing keyboards with Steel city superheroes The Sweet Nothings, and also performed as part of The Marygreenes. Markie is known as the guitarist of The Parallelograms, as the front(wo)man of recently-revived pop-punk outfit Velodrome2000, and under his solo alias, Markie Plays Girlpop.

The artwork for this month’s single comes courtesy of House VS Home founder, Alex Hale. The tracks will be available as a ‘name your price’ download from the Shop & Audio page on here, or from http//housevshomerecords.bandcamp.com.

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