The time has finally arrived! Salena Godden‘s brand new release ‘The Lockdown EP’ is available to stream and download, with 50% of the profits being donated to NHS Charities.

Obviously our strong preference is that you buy it direct from our Bandcamp site, but this page has handy shortcuts to the release in all of the major digital providers, as well as our Bandcamp.

There’s more information on the release here, and you can watch the brand new video to lead poem ‘I Want to Be Your Wife’ below. Wherever you get it, we hope you enjoy!

Salena Godden ‘I Want to Be Your Wife’

As you’ll know, Salena Godden is releasing ‘The Lockdown EP‘ on Friday 8 May, which is available to pre-order via our Bandcamp site. Yesterday, we premiered the video for the title track ‘I Want to Be Your Wife’, which is another collaboration with Idle Work Factory.

Salena Godden ‘I Want to Be Your Wife’
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This is already a familiar narrative. Society has imploded around us and the world has changed irreversibly, right before our eyes. So, who do we turn to…? Salena Godden, that’s who. A pioneer of the UK spoken word scene for a quarter of a century, she is perfectly placed to hold our hand and soundtrack the lockdown.

With apocalyptic poetry that already rallied against climate change and populist governments, she’s charging headfirst into the current crisis with poetry that’ll be firmly etched in the history books. In this carefully curated set of five timely pieces we explore a maze of other worlds; one where dutiful wives become unhinged; where we stockpile baked beans to swap for books; where nurses are angels, hospitals are churches and Goody Proctor has been seen jogging without a face mask.

The Lockdown EP will be released digitally by Nymphs & Thugs on Friday 8 May and is available to pre-order via their Bandcamp site here. 50% of profits will be donated to NHS Charities, with the hope that it’ll boost depleted PPE stock and also go towards providing mental health support for NHS staff.

Tracks 1, 2 and 3 were recorded live our ‘LIVEwire Leeds’ event at Hyde Park Book Club on Wednesday 2 October 2019. The lead track, ‘I Want to Be Your Wife’, includes a video produced by Idle Work Factory which will be premiered at 5pm on Monday 27 April. Tracks 4 and 5 are brand new poems, written and recorded during the lockdown April 2020. The closing track, ‘Pink Moon’ premiered on BBC Radio 3’s The Verb on Friday 24 April.

Salena’s first release with Nymphs & Thugs was her 2017 album ‘LIVEwire’. The album was shortlisted for The Poetry Society’s prestigious Ted Hughes Award and is available on 2LP gatefold vinyl, CD, zine and download. She also released the ‘Live at Byline Festival EP’ in October 2018, with lead track ‘Pessimism Is For Lightweights’ coming from her acclaimed pamphlet of the same name on Rough Trade Books. Her poem ‘Pessimism is for Lightweights’ is a public art piece: it was donated to The Peoples History Museum, Manchester, where it is now on permanent display. The poem was unveiled in February 2020 to mark the museum’s 10th birthday.


Salena Godden is a high-profile poet based in London. She is also an activist, broadcaster, essayist and memoirist whose work has been widely anthologised. She has had several volumes of poetry published including ‘Under The Pier’ (Nasty Little Press) ‘Fishing in the Aftermath: Poems 1994-2014’ (Burning Eye Books), Pessimism is for Lightweights’ (Rough Trade Books) and a literary childhood memoir, Springfield Road’ (Unbound). Canongate pre-empted world rights to her debut novel Mrs Death Misses Death’. ‘Mrs Death Misses’ Death has been described by the publisher as an “electrifying genre- and form-defying firestarter.” It will be published in January 2021.

Nymphs & Thugs are the UK’s leading spoken word record label. They were formed in 2015 by poet and activist Matt Abbott and are based between Leeds and London. Current artists include Salena Godden, Luke Wright, Toria Garbutt, Louise Fazackerley and Kevin P. Gilday, as well as releases from Matt Abbott himself. They were due to conclude a national theatre tour of ‘LIVEwire’ events in April, which has so-far included sell-out shows in Manchester, Bristol, Birmingham and Leeds.

The label are celebrating their fifth birthday party with an online gig on Wednesday 29 April, which will feature all of their acts on the same bill for the first time. It’ll be broadcast live on their Facebook page and YouTube channel between 8-10pm BST.

As you may have seen, Part 1 of Matt Abbott‘s ‘A Life of Wearing White EP’ was released on Good Friday. You can buy it through our Bandcamp site and find shortcuts to the release in all of the major digital stores here.

This Friday, Part 2 followed and is available to stream or download here. We get a much bigger cut if you buy it directly through us, and 50% of the profits are being donated to the Leeds Fans Food Bank, so if it makes little difference to you either way then please use our Bandcamp.

Thanks to all of those who’ve bought Part 1 already!

Feast your eyes on that beauty. The limited edition white vinyl copies of the new Skint & Demoralised album ‘We Are Humans’ have arrived, and we think you’ll agree that they look pretty tasty. They’re available to buy through our online shop here.

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Skint & Demoralised | Image by Kerry Harrison

After returning from a 6-year hiatus with brand new track ‘Boro Kitchen 4am‘, Skint & Demoralised followed it up with ‘#RefugeesWelcome‘ (OUT NOW), taken from their forthcoming fourth album on Fierce Panda.

As with the comeback single, the track has received a good amount of airplay on BBC Radio 6Music, courtesy of the band’s long-time supporter Steve Lamacq. The album ‘We Are Humans’ is due for release at the end of the summer, on vinyl and download.

All three of Skint & Demoralised’s existing albums are available to download through our Bandcamp site.

Skint & Demoralised official video for ‘#RefugeesWelcome’

Skint & Demoralised 📸 by Kerry Harrison

Following a 6-year hiatus, Matt Abbott‘s band Skint & Demoralised are returning with new single ‘Boro Kitchen 4am’ on 29 March. The single is being released by Fierce Panda, and there’s a comeback gig at London’s The Social on Thursday 11 April.

Skint & Demoralised official video for ‘Boro Kitchen 4am’
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Luke Wright ‘Twenty’ is released on 1 March | Click here to pre-order

Luke Wright is one of the highly renowned artists on the UK’s spoken word scene, and on 15 January 2019, it marked twenty years to the day since he first performed his poetry on stage. Since then, he’s gone on to become a multi-award-winning poet and theatre maker and has toured the UK extensively as well as gigging around the globe.

“Wright is a clever playwright and a charismatic performer … ‘Frankie Vah’ is all the richer for its political and poetical layers … Wright succeeds in finding new and beautiful ways of expressing the everyday.” The Guardian

Following the release of his ‘After Engine Trouble‘ pamphlet on Rough Trade Books, Luke is currently touring his new show ‘Luke Wright – Poet Laureate’ to high acclaim. His previous shows ‘Frankie Vah’ and ‘What I Learned From Johnny Bevan’ chartered new territory for spoken word-based theatre shows, and he continually raises the bar across a range of mediums.

Nymphs & Thugs are delighted to be releasing this 2LP gatefold vinyl album, which features some of his best work over that twenty-year period as well as some brand-new unreleased work which captures Luke at the very top of his game.

Luke Wright | Nymphs & Thugs

“I’ve always wanted to release a vinyl of my stuff. A pink vinyl with a huge picture of my face on it. And now I have. It’s a double album and I’ve called it ‘Twenty’ as 2019 marks the twentieth anniversary of my first gig. I’m really delighted to have the album out with Nymphs & Thugs – Matt Abbott is a tireless promoter of spoken word and he’s done wonders with his label. I loved settling down in my office and putting my friend Salena Godden‘s record on last year – if people out there can enjoy mine as much as I enjoyed hers then all is good in the world.” Luke Wright

Copies of the vinyl are available to pre-order here, as well as being on sale at Luke’s shows, gigs and festival appearances and at N&T events. The digital album will be available directly from N&T, as well as through all major digital providers including Google Play and Apple Music.

“When Luke expressed an interest in releasing something on N&T, it was an absolute no-brainer. I’ve always been a big fan of his work – from his poetry sets to his theatre shows and books – and it’s great to introduce some to our catalogue. Having released Salena Godden’s ‘LIVEwire‘ in 2017, I’m honoured to now have two of the UK’s leading poets on our label.” Matt Abbott

For more info and press or stockist enquires: matt@nymphsandthugs.net


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