27 September 2010

Fresh Meat Monday - Skies Fell

Would you care to introduce yourself?

Hello, we are Skies fell. David, Ross, Ronnie and Craig.

How would you describe the music you make?

A little sad but hopeful, maybe. Progressive without being prog.

How did you start out making music?

We've known one another for a long time and have played music in various forms for years along with other friends. A few years ago we went through a phase of just emailing one another weird electronica that we were making, but we're enjoying being a band at the moment.

What process goes into the way you write songs?

Some of the stuff is written for piano and strings and then re-arranged for guitars. Starting on a different instrument from the one you're finally going to play on can help you have ideas you wouldn't have had otherwise. I think we work similarly to a lot of bands though. Someone will find something they like the sound of, playing around at home, bring that to the studio for everyone to hear and we'll start to expand on it. Recently we've been writing the music together then one of us goes away and writes lyrics on their own. We spend a long time adjusting songs until we feel they're right. I'm not sure any of the songs will ever really get finished. Unless we stop playing them.

What can people expect from your live shows?

We've not played live as a unit yet. We're actually pretty nervous about it. Hopefully that's going to translate into good energy on stage. I'm sure it will. It's what we've been building up to since we formed the band. Recording along the way but being great live is what we're aiming for. We'd like people to leave our shows talking about it. We have some big visual plans for the future but this first tour is going to be nice and lofi with regards to production. So, I guess people should expect to see a band budding.

What are you all listening to at the moment?

Collectively we've been listening to "Blue Sky Noise" by Circa Survive, Lissie's EP, As Tall as Lions, Minus the Bear, Holy Fuck, Bon Iver, Bat for Lashes, Phoenix, Burial, Refused, Jonny Greenwood's solo compositions and a bit of Philip Glass. So anything, as long as it's got a good tune and you can dance to it.

What can we expect to see/hear from you in 2010?

Well, we've got a new single coming out on the 9th of August and a Scottish tour in support of that. We're booking more shows right now. So, lots of shows, and a very special one towards the end of the year.

Skies Fell - Contest

Skies Fell play their debut Glasgow show at the Arches on 23rd October, with support from “Futuristic Retro Champions” and “Pareto.” Contact the band directly using this link, to request yourself a guest list place for the gig (NB - it's one place per person). The band also have two singles available for free download over at skiesfell.com


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