Red, White & Blues featuring Myke Gray (SKIN) & Matti Alfonzetti have released a video for their song “Stand Up For Rock N Roll”. This track is on the band’s album Shine which is available now.
Check out Red, White & Blues online at this link!
Like what you hear? You can check out the rest of Shine in the Soundcloud player below!
When I first discovered the UK band SKIN in the summer of 2009, I never expected that the band would release new music. I absolutely loved their debut, so when I received the press release about SKIN’s latest effort, Breaking the Silence I decided right away that that I would spend the extra money to have the CD imported. After playing the heck out of this CD the last couple of weeks, I can certainly say that SKIN’s Breaking the Silence was worth EVERY penny. I didn’t know what to expect with this CD being an independent release by the band. I have to give major kudos to guitarist Myke Gray who wrote the majority of the songs on Breaking the Silence. Not only is Gray a talented guitarist, but his song writing skills shine on Breaking the Silence. This CD is a good mix of upbeat rockers, and solid classic rock numbers. I can happily say that there isn’t a bad song to found on this CD anywhere.
Nev MacDonald has to be one of the most under rated vocalists in the UK today. His vocals are fantastic on this disc. Music this good needs to be heard all over the world. As for now SKIN might just be the UK’s best kept secret.
Sadly, SKIN has announced their farewell tour which is taking place this December. Breaking the Silence could easily be considered “The Comeback album of the Year”. I can only hope that it isn’t SKIN’s “Swan Song”. If so, the band is certainly going out on a high note!
You can purchase SKIN’s Breaking the Silence in the band’s webshop at this link. I Highly Recommend it!
For more information on SKIN, check out the band’s website.
Rating: Out of 10
1- Good To Be Back
2- Don’t Call It Love
4- Can You Feel It
5- The Book Of Your Life
6- When I’m With You
7- Trigger Inside
10- Bad Reputation
11- Born To Rock & Roll
Nev MacDonald – Vocals
Myke Gray – Guitar
Andy Robbins – Bass Guitar
Dicki Fliszar – Drums
Colin McLeod – Keyboards & Hammond Organ
Jackie Gilbert – Backing Vocals on “Born To Rock & Roll”,” Bad Reputation”, “Stronger”, “When I’m With You”, and “Redemption”
Bob Marsh – Trumpet on “The Book of Your Life”
A band that I recently discovered through the live streaming of the Download Festival a couple of weeks ago is the band SKIN. I enjoyed their live set, and had to learn more about this band.
Who is SKIN? Myke Gray and Andy Robbins are former members of the bands, Tokyo Blade and Jagged Edge. Neville MacDonald is the former singer from the band Kooga. When these guys got together to form SKIN, there was no market for this type of music. This is probably why I missed them the first time around. Nonetheless, I am glad to hear them for this first time in 2009. This is a really cool band that has a sound that reminds me of a cross between Thunder and possibly Extreme. Neville MacDonald has an awesome voice that truly powers the songs on this disc.It blows my mind that I have not heard him sing before now. Myke Gray’s guitar work is a pleasure to listen to as well. If you listen closely, you can even hear current Warrant front man, Robert Mason signing back up vocals on this CD.
The Bottom Line: You won’t find a bad song on SKIN’s debut. If you like the videos below, you need to seek out a copy of this disc. You wont be disappointed. There are several great songs including “Colourblind”, “Look But Don’t Touch”, “Tower of Strength” and “Raised on Radio”.
For more information on SKIN, check them out on myspace at this link or at the band’s website here. The only place I could find a copy of this CD at a semi reasonable price was through Amazon France. It is well worth the import price! Highly Recommended!
Rating: Out of 10
2. Shine Your Light
3. House of Love
5. Which Are the Tears
6. Look But Don’t Touch
8. Tower of Strength
10. Raised on Radio
11. Wings of an Angel
Neville MacDonald – Vocals
Myke Gray – Guitars
Andy Robbins – Bass/Vocals
Dicki Fliszar – Drums/Vocals