With the second Skaciety album in the works, it is hard not to be a little excited in anticipation for its subsequent arrival thanks to new single Step Back (Take a Look Around). Also featuring Laila K from Sonic Boom Six, the track is the instinctive arousal of feet, hips, and emotions from a band that, if you can go by just one song, seem to have hit another plateau in sound and creative fun.
Formed in 2012, the British ska punks has been a feverish live surge of aural good times across the UK since emerging, even though its members are still in full time education. Meeting and forming the band as students at a school in Sittingbourne, the Kent quintet of vocalist/bassist Aiden Lamb, trombonist Benjamin Davison, trumpeter Harry Whatrup, guitarist Logan Haddrell, and drummer Will Freed have persistently roused audiences at shows and festivals around Britain, including playing Rebellion twice. They have also raised a sizeable amount of funds for The Sophie Lancaster Foundation along the way and released well-received debut album, ...For Your Age in 2014. Currently working on their second full-length with producer Dave Chang (Capdown, Lightyear, 4ft Fingers), Skaciety first tease and tempt with Step Back (Take a Look Around), a track taken from a recently released spilt 10” with the equally irresistible Popes Of Chillitown.
Guitar and vocals make the first potent lure, with the recognisable and always richly enticing tones of Laila K inviting attention within a few breaths or so. Whilst the early coaxing has its successful way with ears and appetite, dark bait from Lamb’s strings similarly worms under the skin. It prowls the song, especially courting the vocal collusion between the bassist and Laila K’s to add a potent contrast as catchy jagged riffs and the tenacious swings of Freed create their own contagious web to get caught up in. Add the evocative flames sprung from the lips of Whatrup and Davison, as well as the increasingly expanding sonic tapestry cast by Haddrell, and quite simply the song is a thick and lusty arousal of the senses and passions.
With a finale which no set of feet or hips can surely resist, Step Back (Take a Look Around) is a feel good stomp to push Skaciety and expectations of their future album to new heights.
Step Back (Take a Look Around) is out now via Reacharound Records.
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Upcoming Skaciety Gigs:
January 23rd – Harp Restrung, Folkestone
January 30th – T Chances, Tottenham
February 12th – Wheatsheaf, Banbury
February 13th – Retro Bar, Manchester
February 20th – Phoenix, High Wycombe
February 27th – James Street Vaults, Plymouth
April 1st – Red Lion, Ramsgate
April 9th – Inverness (Venue TBC)
April 10th – Edinburgh (Venue TBC)
April 11th – Glasgow (Venue TBC)
May 26-29th – Nice N Sleazy Festival, Morecambe
June 4th – Squires Bar, Leeds
Pete RingMaster 16/02/2016
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