Rock And Roll Bye Bye is a landmark for SKATERS. Showcasing a more experimental and spontaneous side of their music, this new LP release captures the band at its loosest, funniest, and at their most willing. Third Outing caught up with the punksters to find out what Rock And Roll Bye Bye is all about...
Rock And Roll Bye Bye is all over the place. That’s what makes it perfect. Perhaps critics have paid less attention to SKATERS since they've been out of the Warner Brothers mix, but that has only propelled their music in a positive direction, we think. Rock And Roll Bye Bye is an album that needs time. It grows with each and every listen. It's safe to say they have let loose the musical madness inside of them, allowing a wide range of genres to blend into a space and time where everything seems to fall perfectly into place.
Closely tying in to the personal experience of figuring out "what's next", making right decisions and being able to be free in a music sense, SKATERS' ability to pound out fast, lovable punk songs as well as more mellow, if not more profound reggae gems, is clear to be noticed.
Here's our Q & A with the SKATERS below...
SKATERS, is Rock And Roll Bye Bye a big "up yours" (polite terminology) to the music industry? "This is what we are and what we want to do" kind of spirit?
Yeah pretty much.
"SKATERS have no boundaries". A good title for a book about the band?
That could definitely be a chapter in the book "Everything you need to know about the music industry 2016"
What are the things you love and hate about being in a band?
We have noticed that we always feel the best about the band when we are making and releasing new music. Shows are fun. Creativity is fun. The rest is just garbage.
Who's the most influential artist to come from NYC?
I'm not sure if I am smart enough to answer this. I would say that in my opinion the most influential musician with a strong New York identity was Lou Reed or the Ramones.
"We have noticed that we always feel the best about the band when we are making and releasing new music. Shows are fun. Creativity is fun. The rest is just garbage"
In a recent interview you said you were "in a weird position where [you] have a ton of material and don’t know what order to put it out in." How did that happen?
We were being dropped by Warner Brothers and started the writing process and it just kept going and going until we had 70 demos and 24 fully recorded tracks. We had run out of money and had a stock pile of material and were left thinking "now what?" Needless to say it took us a minute to figure it out...