I figured after listening to the self-titled EP Skidbone from Skidbone that they might have some seasoned members. There is certainly an ‘80s and ‘90s vibe to some of these songs and in all honesty they aren’t the most contemporary sounding rock band which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
The band comprised Adam Gibson (guitars/vocals), Bones Gagne (bass/vocals), Dave Gibson (guitars) and John Gagne (drums/vocals) have a couple of pictures and tags that indicate they may be a Christian rock band but I never felt as if that was a major part of their sound. They do mention Jesus on “Psalm 101:11” and one song is called “Heavens' Homes” but the other tunes seem to revolve around a lady.
The band opens up with “Heavens' Homes” which has the vibe of an ‘80s ballad you might hear at a high school dance. Most of the song revolves around how Heaven is the bomb no matter if you were a little weakling in your past life and were also really old when you died. I can neither confirm nor deny this but I think that during the bridge when the voice gets manipulated it's supposed to be Jesus. The lyrics are “In my Fathers' house / are many mansions / if it were not so / I would have told you / I go to prepare a place for you / and if I go prepare a place for you / I will come again / then I will bring you into my presence / so that you will be where I am.”
The next song “That Girl” seems to be about a girl in my experience that doesn’t exist. That being said maybe the band knows a couple of perfect women and can introduce me. The vocalist sings, “She’s beautiful, so wonderful, amazing, everything about her makes me sing.” Damn, that guy must be in love.
“Water So Clear” is arguably the highlight of the batch while “Psalm 101:11” rocks out to the man himself (Jesus) and asks if he can free them. They close with “We Love” which is another tune about how he found the perfect woman “and honestly I wish she was with me in my bed / together forever is the story that was told / and our love will continue to grow til a hundred years old.”
Skidbone by Skidbone is far from perfect but it had some moments that certainly felt inspired.
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