Friday, August 14, 2020

Skeleton Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

S: Yeah we are a band from Austin, Tx. established in I believe 2014. We are about experience, intensity, and dystroying every other band out there. Every show is a war zone and every song is a blast from a gun. We create with honesty and intention to pummel mediocrity.

2. You have your first full length coming out, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

S: We recorded this album nearly two years ago at this point, and some of the songs were already "old" at that time. So, this album is more a glimpse of where we came from than where the band is currently at in our eyes. We've all played in a number of Punk, HC, Noise, etc. bands and draw from all those influences in our writing. Our goal has always been to try and write the hardest, darkest, and most extreme songs we could while placing a huge focus on the riff. I imagine listening through the bands catalog you might be able to see this progression. Our next LP will only continue this...

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored so far with the music?

S: One thing I would like to make clear is that there are 0 "Satanic" lyrics in our songs. Not that I have a problem with that theme, but I am not a practicing Satanist so why would I ever sing about that? I see bands dishonestly choose that route and it is beyond embarrassing. I don't think they even realize how stupid they look... Very few bands in history ever were actually Satanic in my opinion.

I have always enjoyed songs with very few lyrics, but the couple present invoke such a concept or feeling there is no need for more. Stripping the story or point down to one powerful line and delivering it with full conviction.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Skeleton'?

S: There isn't much... It's not an overcomplicated name and seemed available for us to associate a sound to it. For as often as we hear, "There are so many bands called Skeleton..." we hear equally, "I can't believe no one has named their band Skeleton before...". So I don't know, I found a Texas thrash band from the 80's with the name but they only ever released a demo. Being that they are from Texas as well, I'd buy them a beer for taking the name and we would probably be friends. But, some guys in Europe I believe just started a band called Skeleton and put a record out so fuck them. It's ours.

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?

S: Our friend Jeremy Cook did the artwork for the album. He is an accomplished tattoo artist in Austin, but has a unique style and process for his paintings. We did not want to go with the "typical" style cover art you see every cross-over/death metal band using these days. While they do look cool, I think they have about as much originality to them as you discover the music has when you put the record on. When you walk into your record store, you'll see our album stand out on the shelves from across the room and think, "There it is."

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

S: Any TX. band line up is going to be a good show because we absolutely have the best bands down here. Skourge, Frozen Soul, Seclusion, Iron Age, Creeping Death, Afflictive Nature, Army, Blank Hellscape, The Pose, Dress Code, and Nosferatu are just a few to mention of a long list of allies. Everyone holds their own and when we play together shows go off harder here than anywhere I've seen. Moshing, stage diving, and just a general good time with big turnouts. Also, shows are nearly always All-Ages because music is for everyone and bringing youth into this is important.

7.The new album is going to be released on '20 Buck Spin' how would you compare working with them to 'Super Secret Records'?

S: They are two completely different labels. We are very happy to have this LP come out with 20BS and they have been nothing short of amazing to work with. Being a part of a label that is more directly tied into the musical stylings we resemble makes a lot of sense as well. However, without the support that Super Secret Records showed us, it would be very conceivable that this band wouldn't still exist. We've been lucky to collaborate with such amazing people on both of those labels and we appreciate them greatly!

8.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal and Punk?

S: Well if anyone is too stuck to being affiliated or identify with one genre I don't know if they would get what we do. We would like to think there is something everyone could relate to, regardless of what genre they need to call themselves. We do not create with the intention of pleasing the listener or to fit in any genre, but rather write what we hear inside and is enjoyable to us. In general, the reviews we have seen have been overwhelmingly positive which is flattering.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

S: Staying true and continuing our efforts of writing the most crushing riffs with the highest intensity we can.

10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

S: There is some very special quality or energy a band needs to possess for us to care about them that I don't know how to put into words but we are tuned into. Most bands are forgettable or mediocre at best... This quality we are honed in on can exist in any genre of music, which is maybe why people have a hard time pinning us to any singular style and why we seemingly jump from sound to sound. It's an honesty and intention that's expressed through music that I think we look for rather than a style. But if we want to talk general metal bands we like, a few of note would be: Dissection, Unleashed, Bolt Thrower, Dystopia, and Kyuss. As of late, David and I have been listening to a lot of early Dying Fetus.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

S: David is studying blacksmithing, Cody skates, and Victor likes to travel.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

S: Thank you for the thoughtful questions and support of the album. Represses of the record have been ordered and should be available soon! At the end of the month we will be recording our next full length so keep an eye for when that comes out on 20 Buck Spin. We intend on touring Europe, Asia, and Mexico in addition to the United States as soon as possible. Much thanks to the readers, listeners, and supporters who bought the record.
See you soon,

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