In the depths and darkness of the shadows lays the layered music of some punks called simply the Skeleton Kid. This trio combines the love of 80's hair metal crossed with punk and horror and good old rock n' roll. They have played shows, written and recorded material for some releases and have got a whole lot more in-store it's madness!
1. What type of band are you?
We are Shadow Punk. I guess a mixture between hair metal and dark punk rock.
2. Tell us the brief history of your band.
Started in March 2011 in Timmy's bedroom with a guitar, beers and a Frankie G. We started off just writing fast 2 minute horror punk songs out and put out a demo which is probably still floating about. We got a mate to sit in on drums and another on second guitar and that meant we could start touring for the next year. We then went in and recorded a 3 track EP in Summer 2012 which was a progression of the sound, still punky but better riffs, solos, etc. We then found our current drummer, Josh, and everything sort of fit into place. We went in 2013 and recorded our first full length 'It's a Funeral, Not a Fashion Statement' and that was released towards the end of the year.
3. How and why did you want to call yourselves Skeleton Kid?
It was just a name that I (Timmy) thought was cool. Originally it was The Skeleton Kids, and then it just changed to that. It has no real meaning apart from I just thought it was catchy.
4. Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
Musically quite a range, to name a few - Motley Crue, Papa roach, Bullet For My Valentine, MCR, Blink 182, AFI, The Cure. Non musically, I think we look for inspiration in books, everyday life experiences, etc.
5. What are your songs about? (What specific themes do they cover?)
The album theme is a breakdown of a relationship, whether that be romantic, friendly or family orientated. And all the emotions that you feel through the experience of it.
6. Do you write your own songs? (Discuss the songwriting process in detail.)
Yeah. It usually works out that Frankie will come up with a riff or guitar ideas and Timmy will write some lyrics. Then we all get together to work out how the song would fit together best and chop and change to make it good.
7. How has the band's sound evolved from "The Graveyard Disciples" to "It's a Funeral Not a Fashion Statement"?
Obviously, being in the band from the start I would say quite a lot, yeah. I think it sounds bigger, much more technical and thought out. Vocal harmonies, guitar layers, cool shit.
8. Was your songwriting and recording process any different than usual for this CD?
Well our EP was recorded in a rush, paid for studio time, in, recorded, out, done. There was no real love in it or alot of production time so the songs are pretty much straight up 3 minute there ya go songs. The album took us 6 months to record, going over every part of every song, adding and taking away things, so there was a lot of time and effort put into it. We also worked together for the first time songwriting suggesting parts to each other and helping each other to come up with better lyrics or guitar or drum parts.
9. What's your take on "It's a Funeral Not a Fashion Statement" as a whole?
Still love it, proud of it. Have a lot of memories attached to it's process, highs and lows. Wouldn't change anything about it, I think it captures exactly what we wanted to put out at that time.
10. What's your favorite song on the album right now?
11. What are your expectations for the CD?
We hope that it can gain us some attention so that we can tour the world and make more music for more people.
12. What are your upcoming tour/show plans?
We have some tours in the works for early this year, nothing is confirmed so we can't say much but we will be touring up and down the UK this year.
13. How do you describe your music to people?
Always describe it as a Motley Crue, Avenged Sevenfold and a AFI love triangle.
14. What image do you think your music conveys?
Hopefully people can relate to our music in the emotions that it gives. I think people see us as dark & angsty, which is a fair description!
15. What advice would you give to fellow bands?
If you're enjoying it, and it feels good, then carry on!
16. What are the biggest obstacles for bands?
Sadly, money. I don't think people realize generally how much it costs to get a band out there on the road and producing music. It certainly isn't cheap, you also have to make sacrifices in your personal life sometimes so that the band can survive.
17. How does music affect you and the world around you?
Music is everything. Music can inspire emotions, pick you up when you're feeling down or connect with you like a friend when you need someone there.
18. What inspires you to do what you do?
Fans. Without them we are nothing.