The Skins are a Brooklyn based rock band consisting of siblings Bayli, Reef, and Kaya Mckeithan, along with friends Daisy Spencer and Russell Chell.
The band have produced their own unique sound that incorporates the wrath of Black Sabbath, the rock of Led Zeppelin, and the pop freshness of newer artists, such as The Strokes.
Their self-titled EP, The Skins, has been receiving rave reviews, creating buzz from countless blogs, radio stations and magazines.
The 3-track EP starts with ‘Summertime’ – this blues-sludged feast has a sexy bass riff (Kaya) that plays footsie, with the shimmering cymbals (Reef). It has gutsy vocals that hang like fishing net veils across the classic rock sounds. It is only when the lead guitar screams in, like an eagle, that you start to realise that this song is all about holding back your longing.
Then ‘Going Down’ has a moody beat, a purple sense of judgement, and a faltering start that helps to promote the precious voice. Then the guitars start a silvery fire. A guitar lick trickles itself mucously down, and into the cleavage of the song, as clawing chords gnash away at the stony foundations.
‘Ocean’ is reminiscent of vintage Black Sabbath. But Bayli’s holy vocals flirt over the grizzly guitars, so the song will most remind you of Alannah Myles “Black Velvet” .
Like Alabama Shakes, this band tends to channel the most vintage of sounds, from Aretha Franklin to Led Zeppelin.
Hold onto your hat… ‘cos these kids deliver. In bulk.
-© Neil_Mach January 2013 –