Duality : Hot & cold, fast & slow, Ying & Yang...
On one hand, you have the melodic power of screaming polysynths married to metal guitars and heavy-weight, industrial electronica...
And then on the other hand, you have the delicate, the subtle, the occasionally melancholic but always tunes... always laden with beautifully crafted melodies.
SkinMechanix have their feet in many diverse and eclictic camps. Equally at home with dense and highly experimental ambient structures, they shift effortlessly along a spectrum with, say, trance and dance sensibilities at one end and Rammstein at the other.
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A bit slow around here at the moment. The latest addition to the band means I don't currently have a lot of time for music. See the News section for more information.
I am currently working on Little Buildings, the reworked studio/live album following the successful Tunnel Club support slot at the end of March.
I'm also trying to salvage the Free Fall project from way back in 2012.
Created for ambient/shoegazing stoners, Thorpe Cloud, Free Fall was intended to be a backing video for the band's performance. Their brief was 'an abandoned space ship, CGI, dreamy, moody etc', which initially sounded like it was a step too far. Thankfully, we had an ace up our sleeve in the form of the virtual world Second Life, where I remembered that I'd found just such an installation a few weeks before.
We 'shot' the scenes in Second Life, cutting and pasting small sections together to create over an hour of video, which took the form of a first person walk-through, exploring this recently abandoned installation floating in space. I can't take credit for the sets, which were amazing. A brilliant piece of virtual engineering. Sadly, I was never able to determine who created the installation in the first instance, but I'm glad they did.
Shown once, the movie wasn't really all that appreciated at the time. 'Just a bit of a distraction really,' said one punter. 'I thought it was a nice screen saver...' said another. Ho hum. Such is life.
Anyway, I reckon Free Fall deserves another stab at the limelight so here's a two minute edit. Enjoy.
SkinMechanix track is a deeply atmospheric affair, opening with a plethora of cinematic noise and haunting metallic textures that swirl and develop. The track builds via crunchy pulsating chords, discordant trance leads and delicate piano licks, taking detours through spacious breakdowns. This is a must for any Nine Inch Nails fans.
Kaneda Records reviewing "Tension":
I've worked with these guys on and off for twenty years and they never, ever cease to amaze. One minute, they're channeling lush piano leads and harmonies, and the next, they're grinding out power metal guitar riffs that make the windows rattle. Every session is different. Every session is a delight, and I cannot wait to hear what they'll come up with next.
Richard McGeddon, Producer
Concerts are an incredibly important aspect of the band's activities. With over twenty years of gigging experience, we always try to put on a rich, engaging experience in the form of loud, energetic performances and intriguing, thought-provoking visuals. We also like to take risks.
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