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“What if Enya were in Minor Threat?” asks guitarist Matt Walsh. “It would have been extreme and direct, but also vast and ecstatic.” The concept of Sky Creature’s first double EP-- two EPs on one 12" record-- reflects the basic concept of the band: the collision of two different musicians with strangely compatible sound worlds.
A double EP might be an unexpected choice for a new band, but the two sides strike an entirely different tone. They also began as separate projects: one a Sky Creature EP, the other Majel’s own solo EP.
“Matt and I do everything together, and at a certain point my stuff started to feel a lot like Sky stuff,” says Majel. “We even threw some Childworld songs into our live show, and nobody blinked. So at a certain point the question was, why isn’t this a Sky Creature EP?”
Bear Mountain (Side A) is a tidal wave of energy from beginning to end, and a celebration of raw materials taken to extremes: maniacal beats, gigantic guitars, and wildly varying vocal styles. Says Walsh of the final track, “No One,” “It’s like hardcore, but from another planet. It’s Hüsker Dü, but with opera.”
The single, “Bear Mountain,” describes a mystical experience on a school trip to Bear Mountain during a thunderstorm. “It’s an experience that never left me,” Matt says. Hence the lyrics: “things will never change,” a statement both completely true and untrue at once. “On one level, it’s about the euphoria of tripping on a mountain during a thunderstorm, and also the strange feeling of looking back on it, and contemplating how things both do and don’t change.”
Childworld (Side B), showcases the band’s softer, darker side. “By the standards of any functioning adult, being a kid is being insane,” says Connery. “Santa Claus is real and you’re gonna get a pony, and the next minute you’ll get sick and die from eating something off the floor. Our music does this: first it’s terrifying, then it’s technicolor.”
“Childworld was a word that Matt came up with to describe both the music I write and also the world I inhabit, and it seemed apt,” explains Connery. “I like ghostly, toyish sounds and big, haunted places.” They both have freakishly vivid memories from childhood.“I still sort of live and operate in the world like a child,” admits Majel. “I feel weirdly big in small spaces, and am simultaneously afraid of and excited about things that shouldn’t matter.”
Childworld is the introversion to Bear Mountain’s extroversion: now a hollow android lullaby, now a faraway elvin choir, now the lonely sound of a child singing itself to sleep.
Sky Creature’s central musical question: does it make you want to move? The band is unconcerned with genre. Asked to name their inspirations, they may bring up Wu Tang, Enya, Hüsker Dü, The Crystals, Billy Joel, Stravinsky, and, of course, the best American band ever: Shudder to Think. “This is all in our music in various ways,” says Matt. “Sky is anti-bedroom. It’s not about sculpting layers with built-in synths that come with your computer. It’s not weighed down by chords. I want great melodies, I want to dance, and I want it to sound thug.”
Jackets were hand painted in Rockaway Beach and screened in Brooklyn -- each one is unique and beautiful!
- Bear Mountain
- Cold Light
- Light Reflected
- Beyond The Mountain
- No One
- We Need A Room
- Pretend To Cry
- She Is Older
- Unnatural Heart
- He Was Dying
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