The SkinMechanix project began in August 1999 as a short lived but prolific collaboration between Dave Hughes of T-Bass UK and avant-garde sound experimentalist, Skin.
The end product was something very special indeed - dance rhythms fused with throbbing retro-inspired sequences and fiery electronic soundscapes, strong melodies and challenging arrangements, all welded together to form a magical melange that occupied a territory which was, at the time, perhaps unique in the UK synth music scene.
Sadly, the collaboration folded very quickly and the session tapes were left untouched for three years. The project was finally resurrected in January 2002 although the early demo tapes proved virtually useless. Hughes began re-recording and rearranging the source material to form the basis of a more commercial release.
The result was the debut album, The Secret Life of Angels, which was released late in 2002. After quickly gaining a number of excellent reviews and a great deal of airplay around the world, Hughes decided to continue the
The EP Fallen Angel followed in 2005 and featured a mix of both live and studio pieces. This release clearly showed that the band were not content to rest on their laurels by immediately searching out and exploring new and unfamiliar directions whilst, at the same time, keen to resurrect their earlier incarnation, T-Bass.
SkinMechanix remained active through 2005 and 2006 with concerts for the Awakenings group. New material continued to emerge throughout 2006 and 2007 although this was mostly in a demo format and was never released.
In 2008, SkinMechanix performed a one-off concert at Newcastle University's Culture Lab although, with the exception of one track - Waving at Mono - the material had returned to uptempo melodic offerings and signalled a return to the sound of T-Bass. This was still their biggest concert to date. The concert was actually a showcase for students working out of the Culture Lab and much of the material performed was very, very uncommercial. SkinMechanix were, for once, the most conservative band on the roster that day.
At the end of 2008, the SkinMechanix project was put on hold when label-mates, Ion, released their highly successful debut album, Future Forever and suddenly found themselves very much in demand writing library music for films and various multi-media projects.
With Ion presently holidaying in a small cottage off the shoulder of Orion, SkinMechanix returned once again, this time with a new fresh sound and an appetite for success. Their first outing was for the Awakenings group down in Rugely. A second outing took place at Never Mind the Ramones III back in their native North East. November 2016 saw them attempt a small scale, more intimate concert at Gateshead's Prohibition Bar with several smaller, unofficial concerts popping up every now and again.
A new album, Synchronicity, is in the pipeline though it will be radically different from the previous incarnation.
From the material we've heard so far, it's very much in the style of Depeche Mode circa Songs of Faith and Devotion and some of Gary Numan's more recent albums. No surprises there.
We wait with eager anticipation.