I've been listening to the "burned" CD in my car until my "real" compact disc arrives in the mail. I have to say, the songwriting, arrangements, production, and of course performances are all brilliant. I too am taken by the attention paid to every detail no matter how minor it might seem to some. I won't even try to pigeon-hole the band's sound as it's all over the map, and I absolutely love each and every track for the variety and each track stands up very well on its own! Where might I find more biographical info about the band, and when can I expect more/new material to be available? I am looking forward to hearing more from Skeleton Staff, and wish you all onto bigger and better things, but mostly getting your music heard by many more people, and I promise to do my part in aiding you in that regard! Good Luck!
Thanks for the invite, Stanton. Thought you'd never ask!
Seriously, I feel honored and glad to give you my humble opinion on the "Staff".
Before I do, I must confess I took a peak(& listen) awhile back, but neglected to give
a shout back. But now that you so graciously invited me to do so, how can I refuse?
Well, Stanton...you & the band really are quite good! 'Brilliant' comes to mind when I
listen. Other adjectives/descriptions would include lively, fun, precise, hooky, well-
thought out & interesting lyrics that really jump out/interact w/ the listener(this one,
anyways!),..and, darn it, it just ROCKS!
I don't tend to want to label the band's sound--wouldn't encompass what I hear goin' on.
So, what I hear is:
Definitely pick up on some Split Enz, probably more so than Crowded House, glimpses of XTC, occasionally the lively feel of The Fratellis, you got the Bowie-glam going on in a way that reminds me of Damon Albarn & Blur,
the chorus of "...Money" reminded me of Amboy Dukes' "Journey to the Center of your Mind", which takes me back to that upbeat garage of The Easybeats,...TMI, yet?
Don't ya start me talkin'...
So, you see, I was so impressed I felt a need to try & give your band a thorough & honest assessment of what I heard.
I haven't even touched on how impressed I was with the artwork/illustrations.
Brilliant, as well! Perhaps, a bit of Albarn influence w/ his use of 'toons w/ The Gorillaz. What I'm really reminded of are the "Tank Girl" comics.
So, what of your success? Are you attracting quite a following at home & abroad?
How long has The Staff been at it? I assume you're the guitarist(?)Do you do the vocals as well?
And, besides finding it depressing, especially compared to the upbeat, lively feel of your music, what don't you get about "Joy Division"? You get The Smiths, and they
have depressive lyrics. Don't get me wrong;), i just want you to elaborate some more,
if you so desire.
It's about time I go ahead & order that Skeleton Staff CD.
Not yet Stanton. I have been listening to my downloaded copy in the studio and I burned a copy to listen to in the car. It has become my soundtrack to the summer of 2010.
Again, this is an outstanding album. Love the songs, performances and the attention to detail on each and every track! Your commitment to excellence shows. It is a rarity these days to find an album that bowls me over on first listen and reveals more musical treasure every time I listen to it.
Not really. Most of the one's I've been listening to are a couple years old now. Halfday's last album came out like two years ago now, and Gerard Master's EP came out last year. Andy Bull is amazing. Oh, and Courtney Murphy who came third in AI2 just released his debut. Bleu worked on it with him when he came out to Australia last year.
I'm much more into the Brit, Scandi and US stuff really. Totally lame :)
I LOVE your work, Skeleton Staff! I'm ordering the CD as soon as I'm done typing this. I need the honest-to-goodness hold-in-my-hand copy so I can study your artwork as I listen to your tunes. Thanks for sharing your stuff on the Tribe!