There are a lot of write up’s out there comparing The Skins to other bands, lots of other bands, and they’re all somewhat correct. Their definitely eclectic, and even more passionate like they just heard something really awesome and couldn’t help but make it instantly, but their own way, on full display at the Knitting Factory.
The second annual Knit Fest saw this 5-piece close the show. Made up of a core of siblings Bayli, Kaya, and Reef McKeithan, vocals, bass, and drums and Daisy Spencer and Russell Chell doing a tearing job balancing rhythm and lead on guitar. This classic rock set up with a 90’s feel, and maybe an average age of no more than 18, showed a flowing blend of different styles that seems to be merging and maturing even more in time.
They are definitely in good hands, the worldly, worn hands of Rick Rubin (he is producing their new material) which has allowed them the space to grow into wilder territory without getting off the straight tracks of making quality music.
The set list and twist of funk drew parallels to that of the Chili Peppers circa 1990’s, another musical comparison to throw into the ring, and ended with a curious grab out of the musical bag – a laconic cover of a Drake song, just to keep you guessing.
Article: Jacques Lang