SKIN smashed their set this weekend on the This Feeling/Jack Rocks stage down at Reading Festival. The band from Bristol have a diverse, grungy/densely layered and guitar-heavy sound that is reminiscent of an early polished Nirvana. Whilst this band would easily sit comfortably on a early nineties grunge playlist sat alongside the likes of BECK, Smashing Pumpkins and Pearl Jam, they are managing to inject new life into the genre and successfully put their own stamp on it. We caught up with the band for a quick chat……
Tell us about yourself…
SKIN defies a specific genre. Whilst described as ‘’Grunge Pop’’ by This Feeling, we have elements of Pop, Rock and Roll, Grunge, Goth, Punk and Indie in our sound. Expect a contrast of jangly guitars and massive fuzzed out riffs all whilst remaining commercial and radio friendly.
Who are your major influences and inspirations, and why?
The Smiths, The Only Ones, Pixies, The Cure, Hendrix, The Beatles, Dinosaur Jr, Sabbath and Smashing Pumpkins are all artists that speak to us. There is a lot of variation in our influences but the one thing they all have in common is great songs.
Sum up the band in five words…
Confident. Charismatic. Loud. Raw. Unstoppable.
Who writes your songs?
OJ, the vocalist and guitar player writes all of SKIN’s material. Usually revolving around tenacious guitar work and cathartic lyricism, the rest of the band will then fill out tracks in their own individual style.
What are the main themes or topics for most of your songs?
SKIN address common and important issues among teenagers and adults alike including mental health, addiction and sexual themes. We feel that it’s essential to discuss real life problems and relate to people that are in a place where they might need help.
Who is your favourite unsigned/underground band at the moment and why?
THC Dreams- Often our partners in crime at hometown shows and some of our best friends. They make catchy, commercial tunes whilst incorporating styles such as Math Rock and Emo. THC have some quality tunes and I feel like they’re still discovering themselves. The Shimmer Band and White Parker are both local to us and awesome too.
What’s in your CD player right now, or last song you streamed?
Morrissey’s ‘’You Are The Quarry’’.
What are you like live?
I challenge people to find a more energetic live band. We can promise to always put on a show and have worked extremely hard at our stagecraft to ensure that nobody leaves one of our sets disappointed.
Do you have any upcoming shows?
We’ve just done Reading Festival (Jack Rocks with This Feeling), then we have another This Feeling hometown show with SHEAFS, Himalayas and The Americas on September 8th This Feeling has done more for us than I can begin to thank them for. We’re also delivering a set at CounterCult Records Festival in Birmingham, 16th September.
(Contact the band via their social media below for tickets or visit www.thisfeeling.co.uk).
You’re stranded on a desert island and have one album with you, what is it?
What’s on the horizon, and what can we look forward to from you?
We’re writing the best material that we have ever written at the moment and preparation for a new record is underway.
WEAPON OF CHOICE –
GUILTY PLEASURE –
Peter Perrett, Morrissey and Johnny Marr, Joey Santiago, Julian Cope, Alex Turner. Also Eminem (Proof that you can make something of yourself with no hope.)
BEST COMEDY SHOW –
Anything vintage/iconic and usually one off pieces that nobody else can get their hands on. I am partial to a good jumper.
Whatever limited edition Doc Martens are available.
AT THE BAR –
A basic Strongbow Dark Fruits.
GIG YOU WISHED YOU’D BEEN AT –
David Bowie – Glastonbury 2000. One of the most memorable sets from a legendary artist that few people from my generation had the pleasure to witness.
NIGHT OUT WITH ANYONE –
Joey Ramone. Any of the RAMONES in fact.
8 Mile. Not cinematically incredible but gritty, hard hitting and accurate.
Pump Up The Volume. It’s tricky to get on a playable region in the UK but it’s a great film and the tracklist is phenomenal.
TOP 3 TUNES OF ALL TIME –
(No Particular Order)
There Is A Light – The Smiths
Here Comes Your Man – Pixies
Dumb – Nirvana
TOP OF THE POPS –
I fucking love current chart music. Taylor Swift is killing it and Carly Rae Jepson has some great material as well.
THREE WORDS –
Strong. Blunt. Dedicated.