The three-piece indie group, known as Skegss, have devoted themselves to finding the beautiful simplicity in the current day. On Rehearsal, a sequel to the group’s 2018 release My Own Mess, Skegss truly emerges as a group devoted to giving us the purity of reality.
After finding success with their debut single “L.S.D,” which has surpassed 25 million plays on Spotify and 6 Million on YouTube, Skegss has developed a creative vision in Rehearsal through their conversations on human connection, worldly impact, and what it means to be alive.
Beginning with “Down To Ride”, the group takes a stab at a smooth surfer sound. Gliding into the rhythmic noise, the song sets the scene of the fun that is about to unfold. As the chorus continuously questions, “Are you down to ride?,” the group proposes entertainment with an ever-pressing punk attitude. While some of the lyrics may be difficult to understand, they are, however, picked up by the constant strum of a guitar, which creates an emphasis on the need for adventure that the group is questioning.
The wavy toon “Valhalla,” is the perfect manifestation of a dream scenario. Friends, food, and lack of repercussions are all topics of discussion, making these points the ideal scenarios for anyone. “Valhalla” is the perfect song for when you’re facing an inner frustration. It takes you to a world filled with any dream you could ever hold. Filling you with excitement, and setting your soul on fire, you just can’t sit still whenever this track is on.
Skegss discusses their dreams, and efforts towards their future in their next song “Fantasising.” As the band declares “Somewhere in between my reality and my dreams,” Skegss goes to show that their journey towards a better future is one that can only be done through the acknowledgment of the present. The band nods towards their past but sings a declaration to the idea that there’s nowhere to go but up.
Continuing on the conversation of how the past and present merge to meet us where we are, Skegss takes their own take on this idea with their next song “Running From Nothing.” Revolving around the idea of loneliness, and questioning, if your present time is one that is being well spent, “Running From Nothing” is a declaration that we all can understand. Stating, “Running from nothing, So nothing can haunt me,” Skegss shows their content in the present day while questioning their actions and the long-term effect of their behaviors.
Wanting more, well so do we. With a title that pays homage to their native Australia, “Bush TV,” dives deep into desire without confrontation. Stating “I need to go away and wait until you miss me,” a common and understandable fantasy of disappearing is set as a way to remind a partner of the loss of their loved one. The song’s mystical progression is relevant and relatable.
Rehearsal features two songs that shine with raw authenticity, pulling your heart by its strings with every chord. The slow ballads of “Wake Up” and “Fade Away” are perfect for those slow walks, when you want to be the main character. But they are also great for when you need to let out a good cry.
Our favorite song “Sip of Wine” feels like a smooth breeze flowing through our ears. Discussing the anxiety that comes when you anticipate an unimaginable future, “Sip of Wine” dives deep into our fears, but triumphs with a message of persistence. The song allows us to gather strength from the dark and empowers us as we move forward.
Collectively, Skegss isn’t afraid to show their take of the light that can come from the dark. A simple poetic narrative is woven throughout, and with every track, we continuously feel empowered and intrigued. Rehearsal is the group’s US debut, and we are so excited to see what the future holds for Skegss.
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Full album out March 26th
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