Recently, whilst surfing social media we came across a band which caught our eye. A lot of music nowadays focuses on record sales and popularity, always singing about the same things. However, skinsNbones are different, they aim to sing about important issues and raise awareness using their passion for music. We wanted to get to know them a bit better and find out what they are all about… They were nice enough to answer a few questions for us and here they are:
- We will start with a nice simple one, can you introduce yourselves for us?
skinsNbones is made up of two core members, Bones and myself, Red. We record our songs with special guests who we think are the right fit for each song. For our first two releases, Is There Meaning? and Boadgee Ghost, we collaborated with Hoss who sang and H played guitar.
Our next releases have been recorded with a featured special guest vocalist plus a new guitarist - names will be known once the songs are released. skinsNbones aren’t about self-promotion but the promotion of the issues our songs raise.
- Have all of you always had a passion for music?
Yes I have been playing and recording since I was a teenager and the same goes for the others we have, and will work with in the future. We have all been in the industry in one way or another for most of our lives.
- How did skinsNbones begin?
Bones and I first met about ten years ago. I was the house drummer for a blues club and Bones was looking for some people to work with. We got talking and started to collaborate on different projects with other muso’s. But we only really got skinsNbones going in Dec 2019. We have a large network of muso’s and we want to feature as much of their talents as we can.
- How would you describe your music, for those that haven't heard it before?
Our sound is based on oldSkool rock and blues. We stick to keeping it simple, solid and heavy. Bands like AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, The Stones, Midnight Oil and all the classic bands of the seventies and eighties have always been a big influence on us. Our sound is what comes out of us naturally, it’s the way we play. Good solid rhythms, some in your face guitar, with great melodies sung with feeling is basically it!
- Your songs do contain lyrics about real life issues, is this something you are passionate about?
Yeah that’s right. Bones writes lyrics that are about real issues and substance, all from life experience. There are plenty of songs written about girls, love and cars. Bones raises issues in the songs that concern all members of society and asks the listener to question all that is, to think about what is happening in the world and hopefully learn something along the way. We remember a time when that’s what music was used for. Not to just sell albums but to promote issues and/or new ways of being.
- I noticed you are spreading awareness for Mental Health, an issue that has touched everyone at some point in their lives. What messages would you like to put out there for people currently going through a rough time?
Having a mental health condition can have many different effects, however it’s the negative stigmas that seem to have become the main focus. Even for many of those with the condition themselves, there are great positives. These stigmas associated to mental health conditions come from solely lack of knowledge. The world would be a very dull and bland place if not for mental health conditions, as the greatest works of art, science and theories have come from those with mental health conditions. Da Vinci, Van Gogh, Beethoven, Nijinsky, Isaac Newton, Einstein, Tesla and many other genius minds all had mental health conditions. This allowed them to think in ways others can’t, perceive in ways others can’t see, dare to do things others wouldn’t even dream of doing. Science is now validating this. Recent studies have found that a third of A grade students went on to develop Bipolar II Disorder later in life. It has also been found genius and mental health conditions share the same genes, and furthermore, creative people have a gene in common which is also linked to psychosis and depression. Yes, depression and anxiety are the big downers, but they also demand one to work on bettering themselves, learn to stay calm, start practices like meditation to calm the mind. We have observed that those with mental health conditions are more aware of their behaviour than those without it, which is of great benefit to not just the individual but also society.
- Are there any other issues you feel strongly about? How can we all pitch in and help with these?
Yep. Boadgee Ghost, a true story (names changed), is not only about the loss of a friend and the loss of a way of life. The main story is about the loss of the natural environment and the spread of the concrete jungle. Everyone can make the world a better place for all just by asking questions about what is important and not just accepting the way we currently behave. skinsNbones are not all about doom and gloom though, our next couple of releases highlight positives and good, and give reasons to be that way.
- Where are you guys based and where can people find you?
We are based in Brisbane Australia, but the muso’s that are involved in skinsNbones come from as far as Byron Bay which is northern N.S.W. You can find us online as well:
Is There Meaning? Smart Link: https://ffm.to/9n9yvmr
Boadgee Ghost Smart Link: https://ffm.to/ox6lwbd.opr
- Any final words you would like to share with us?
We would like thank everyone that has supported what we are doing and like our music. The response from people all over the world has been fantastic and so many fans have reached out to us. It’s nice to know we are connecting with people. And many thanks to Funked in the Head for helping us continue spreading our songs and messages.
Thank you again for taking the time to answer our questions, and keep spreading those funky sounds!
Do you have any funky sounds you’d like to share with the world? Drop us a DM or email us at email@example.com.