Skunkmello, Thick As Theives


Good things happen when you least expect them to. Nobody knows that better than New York City’s self-described sewer-blues act Skunkmello. Meeting through mutual friends during the first April nights of 2012, Ed, Matt and Jono spent time discussing music, but never imagined pursuing it together. By mid-July they were performing full sets of original music and packing small clubs in the Lower East Side.

In August the band was fooled again. They entered the studio with engineer Hansdale Hsu for a single evening to record a handful of songs live to pursue performance opportunities but left with a much stronger product than expected: five nearly complete songs that make up the “Whiskey & Oatmeal” EP. Using minor overdubbing only to correct lyrical errors, the band elected to release the EP as close to the state it sounded when it was played as a representation of what one might hear sitting in on a rehearsal.

Musically, “Whiskey & Oatmeal” calls to mind the early work of The Black Keys, the in-your-face lyrical attitude of The Rolling Stones and the dynamic and stylistic range of trios that preceded Skunkmello like the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Sublime. “Whiskey & Oatmeal” is a thrilling, raw showcase of band’s range, their abilities as individual performers, and their innate desire to pay tribute to the old while simultaneously creating the new.

Since releasing their debut, Skunkmello have been featured on WHRW 90.5 FM (Binghampton, NY) in rotation and an exclusive interview and music segment, WSOU 89.5 FM (South Orange, NJ), WBAR (Barnard College Radio), Gashouse Radio (Online) as their band of the week during the week of February 17-24, 2013, and Boston, MA's UNregular Radio.

In January 2013, they expanded adding Dan Spencer, a talented keyboardist and multi-instrumentalist, to round out their sound and stretch their capabilities as live act. They plan to spend to spend the Spring and Summer of 2013 performing throughout the east coast, playing small to medium sized festivals and recording their sophomore release.

Thick As Theives

Thick as Theives is a bombastic, irreverent garage rock band founded on thunderous drums and gritty, fuzz-driven guitar riffs. Recalling blue-eyed soul classics such as The Sonics, The Animals, and The Kinks, Thick as Theives powers things into the modern era with heart- pounding energy, visceral vocals and an energetic live presence. The
Brooklyn-based band formed in 2010, yet, as lifelong friends, Chris Moran (drums) and Howzr (guitars/vocals) play with a tightness honed from playing together for several years in previous projects.


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Skunkmello, Thick As Theives

Wednesday, May 29 · 10:00 PM at Cameo Gallery

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