what's The Skinny? here's the deal. There are SO many sick bands out there that just don't get enough love. Well, with The Skinny, that's all going to change. We have taken it upon ourselves to get together and bust out a list once a month where we tell you about a handful of sick-ass bands that we feel NEED to be heard. Signed or unsigned, new or old, these are just bands that deserve some additional attention. We challenge you to take the time to check each one out; they are amazing, they are loved, and now they have been Skinned.
01. The Horrors (Rock, Alternative) [ skinned by: Will Lyon ] the skinny: The Horrors are a British Garage Rock band who formed roughly 4 years ago. They have produced two albums and after much hype from NME when they first formed, are now being considered a much more credible act after their latest offering Primary Colours. If you’re looking for something a little different then this is the band to listen to. Their first album described as “Zombie Garage” certainly appeals to people who would like to discover music that isn’t necessarily radio friendly. However, it might be best if you start off with their latest album Primary Colours. It’s not just about musical freedom, but also contains some catchy indie tunes! links:MySpace | Home | Last.FM
02. Breaux (Southern Rock, Metal, Western Swing) [ skinned by: Jenny Hopkins ] the skinny: They describe their sound as "dirty southern party metal," though they come from the mountain town of Salt Lake City. Heavier than Clutch with the humor of Every Time I Die, these guys put on a live show the combines great grooves with hilarious stage antics and a laid back attitude that makes their show not only a great metal experience but a fun one as well. Look for them on tour this summer throughout Oregon, Washington, California, New Mexico and beyond. links:MySpace
03. Buried Inside (Hardcore, Metal, Progressive) [ skinned by: Amanda Cuda ] the skinny: This band from Ottawa is one of the loudest ambient bands I've ever heard. That's implying you even believe that ambient can sound gut-wrenchingly heavy. And Buried Inside are proof that it can. These guys formed in 1997 and are currently 4 albums into their career. Their latest, Spoils of Failure, came out just this year and has been getting great reviews since its release. No kidding. They're dark, reflective, and unpretentiously epic. To top it off, vocalists Nick Shaw and Andrew Tweedy belt out lyrics that match that standard making every aspect of their music enjoyable. And that's pretty admirable. links:MySpace | Home | Last.FM
04. Silversun Pickups (Indie, Rock) [ skinned by: Robin Tarnowetzki ] the skinny: The Silversun Pickups are a band from Los Angeles that formed in 2000. They released their first album in 2005. Their latest album, Swoon, just came out this year and the first single, "Panic Switch", is gaining popularity in alternative music circles. Silversun Pickups are utterly original. They use a lot of fuzzy distortion on their guitars, lending their music a mysterious and dreamlike feel. Their singer has a unique voice (so much so that I thought the singer was a female until I saw one of their music videos). They don't write generic songs about love and heartbreak. In fact, Swoon is mostly about suffering a mental breakdown. Silversun Pickups are a great band who deserve more exposure. links:MySpace | Home | Last.FM
05. The Stiletto Formal (Indie, Experimental, Rock) [ skinned by: Lina Gosselin ] the skinny: An indie experimental rock band or self-proclaimed “eccentric rock n’ roll” from Phoenix, Arizona. Released their 1st full-length album, Fiesta Fiesta Fiesta Fiesta, October 21st, 2008. Three years ago I was fortunate to catch their performance at Warped Tour and to this day, it still stands out in my mind. Their performance was unique, energetic, and passionate. Their latest album captured the fiery passion and unique quality that I witnessed then and that has kept me mesmerized for years. Kyle Howard’s vocals, which range from screaming to falsetto, the deep, brooding electric cello, ever changing time signatures and descriptive, clever lyrics will keep the listener captivated from beginning to end. If you music that oversteps boundaries and challenges you, this is definitely a band to check out. links:MySpace | Last.FM
06. Cobra Starship (Breakbeat, Afro-beat, Grindcore) [ skinned by: Amber Dasch ] the skinny: Cobra Starship is a band that not long ago entered the pop-rock music scene. Their songs mix together a recipe of rock and pop unlike any other band. Their stage performance never loses its unique value, because there is a keytar also present. Their first album, Why the City Sleeps, We Rule the Streets, contained many upbeat songs, one of which made it into Snakes on a Plane. When Viva La Cobra arrived, the band released a new, more interesting mix of songs, all more upbeat and catchy. This band is definitely worth a listen, and has caught many peoples' attention. links:MySpace | Home | Last.FM
07. The Brains (Psychobilly, Rockabilly, Punk) [ skinned by: Amanda Symynuk ] the skinny: The Brains are a killer psychobilly punk band from Montreal. Two weeks ago they rolled through my quiet mountain town bringing their loud, creepy and creative tunes. It's amazing the crazy sound that can come out of three instruments: the bass, guitar and drums. They have just released a self-titled album and are rocking their tunes all over. Check them out! links:MySpace | Last.FM
we want YOUR input! so do you think we suck at skinning bands? Do you have a group that you want to see posted here? Well then take two minutes and send us an email to mail[at]puregrainaudio.com with your thoughts. We'll take each letter seriously and with any luck you'll see your nomination live in one of our future installments of The Skinny!