Frontman of UK Rockers,
took place on 3rd March, 2013.
by Glenn Milligan
did your interest in Rock & Metal come from and what led to you
forming the band?
In 1980 KISS came to Australia and that was it for me, I was hooked
and I have been ever since. After playing in so many bands over the
years I finally got the chance to work with the best guitarist I have
ever had the chance to write with. That was 10 years ago and since then
Richie Beardsley and I have written 3 albums with our old band Tara’s
Secret. After the split we decided that if we were going to do anything
else, we were going to do it for us. We would write songs that we loved
rather than writing to that “melodic rock” template. Whats
the point of writing songs you don’t enjoy?
your band name come from and what made you choose it?
We sat down right at the start and knew that once we had the name we
could start spreading the word! So we wrote a massive list of names
down and then crossed nearly all of them off. We got down to 3 I think,
but the one that stood out the most was SKIN&BONE. It reflects everything
we do, its not over done, it's not flashy or pompous. It's to the point,
it’s stripped back to the heart of rock n roll.
the members of the band and what made them the ideal choice for the
I’ve already mentioned Richie, I don’t think I will work
with a finer guitar player. We have spent so long writing together that
we know where each other is going in a song before we get there! It’s
just a pleasure to work with him. Simon Perkins was the obvious choice
when it came to drummer. Simon was with us in TS and there was no way
we were going to let him go! He is a real powerhouse and everytime I
watch him play he amazes me. It's like he is posessed by John Bonham
and Cozy Powell all at once!! We just needed that missing part of the
puzzle, after auditioning several bass players we met Scott Clarke.
He really blew us away with both his personality and his playing. Together
with Simon we had the perfect engine room for the band. Oh and then
there’s me! These guys make me look good (laughs).
songs are you most proud of writing so far and why?
I think I’m proud of everything we have written. Some songs stand
out though, those songs that either really work live or have a personal
meaning. The title track of our forthcoming album “The Exceptional
Child” was written about a very good friend of mine who passed
away a couple of years ago. I knew I had to write a song that celebrated
his life. It was very difficult to get it right and I think I rewrote
it about 5 times before I knew that’s how it should be.Grahame
was a fantastic man and I think this is a fitting tribute to him. That
makes me proud.
would you describe the style of the band?
I recently described it to someone as Scooby Doo meets Shinedown! It’s
full on rock and roll. No messing around, just back to basics music.
I think bands are sometimes too busy trying to reinvent music rather
than going back to the roots and discovering how good it really is.
We are a rock band, we are not trying to change the world or reinvent
the wheel, we are here just to make people have a great night out and
enjoy music for what it should be!
were your first shows like and where were they held and what are your
best memories of them?
Our first show was in Sheffield at the Plug. We had a 40 min slot on
an all day bill. We threw every song we had in the set. Just before
going on Richie’s amp blew!! Time ticked away and still there
was nothing from the 5150! Lucky for us headlining band “Little
Crazy” loaned Richie their amp. So we were off, far faster than
we should have done!! But we had a great show. It was that moment when
we realised that people liked what we were doing!
revs you up before a show and how?
I try not to rev myself up before a show. I would rather sit somewhere
quiet and get myself together. If I revved myself up I would probably
peak to early!!
songs seem to go down best and why?
It all comes down to the audience, some shows other songs go down better
than others. But the more we play songs the more our audience “get”
them. It’s great when you say a title and people cheer before
the most ott song you have ever covered in your set and how did it go
over to the audience?
Maybe not in SKIN&BONE, but we did cover Lady GaGa and Kool and
the Gang when we were in Tara’s Secret, never again!! (laughs)
do you find your age range of fans to be and what's the percentage of
male to female in the audience and for what reasons?
We seem to get a wide range of fans. A really good mix of both male
and female, maybe what we are doing appeals to everyone rather than
just a certain type.
would you like to tour with if you had the chance and for what reasons?
There’s so many bands we would love to tour with. I think bands
that we compliment work far better than just playing with anyone! I
know Richie would love to tour with George Lynch, he is a massive fan.
I just think bands we respect would be cool. Any offer is considered!
could you see yourselves doing if you werent in this band?
Who knows, it would probably be back to the day jobs. I think because
I have worked with Richie for so long it would be hard to start over
again. I think Richie would be a lighthouse keeper!! Scott would join
a jazz fusion band and Simon would go back to his swing band roots!!
has been the coolest artist to work with outside of the band and why?
We are currently working with Jay Parmar who is producing our album
for us. He is a great guitarist and has worked with some fantastic artists
himself. He is a great guy.
general, what will you be up to for the rest of the year and beyond?
We start recording our album in May and then its just more shows and
getting SKIN&BONE out to more people. We have some great shows lined
up and plenty of irons in the fire.
would you like to say to any fans out there reading the Interview?
Thank you for your support, it has been a great journey for the band
and you guys make it. We have so much more coming and you will all be
there with us. Watch out for “The Exceptional Child” soon.