What do you hide under your skin?
We all conceal something behind the earthly façade we show to the world. Maybe, it’s an unspoken fetish. Perhaps, it’s a covetous urge. Or, it could just be the kind of darkness we acknowledge in passing—but don’t dare reference aloud.
SKYND peel back those layers and uncover what lurks beneath in all of its painful glory. The industrialized gothic and true crime-inspired electronic duo—Skynd [lead vocals] and “Father” [producer, multi-instrumentalist]—exorcise beauty by bloodletting as they mine some of history’s most baffling, bizarre, and brutal crimes on their debut trio of interconnected independent singles.
For the duo, the story begins long ago in a dark place when an amorphous passenger attached himself to the frontwoman.
“‘Skynd’ is my imaginary friend,” she explains. “He introduced himself as such when I saw him for the first time at three-years-old. He came to me as a child, whispered horrible stories in my ears, and peeled off my skin to show me what was underneath. He revealed all of the cruelties in the world and inspired me to write about them.
“Having skin makes you look civilized,” adds “Father”. “As a project, this is about uncivilized people and the dark side they go to.”
Since that childhood, the songstress had envisioned a vehicle for these tales and dreamed of meeting the perfect sonic counterpart to bring them to life. While in Sydney, Australia, she found herself at a bush party by the ocean, and she noticed a lone figure sitting by himself. She approached him, and a spark ignited the “true crime trap” sound they proudly dispense now.
“‘Father’ was sitting on a stone near the sea and rocking back and forth,” she recalls. “I was really intrigued by this person. I felt like there was something weird about him, so I sat next to him. We talked, and I felt my soul mirrored, all my inner shadows reflected back to me, with this connection that existed way before we met. We bonded through all of these dark stories. I told him I wanted to write about them, and he was like, ‘I have the same idea. We should do this together.’ When I saw him, I was like, ‘It must be you!’”
“When we started writing, we drew on her intense knowledge of these cases,” he goes on. “We also watched movies like The Ring and all of these documentaries about murders and serial killers together. We didn’t want to just make music though; there had to be a visual element.”
With the release of Chapter 1 in 2018, and over 3 million hits on Youtube, SKYND returns for Chapter 2. The first single, Jim Jones, came about because SKYND always wanted to write about him.
“I am fascinated by religion and how easily people are manipulated when it comes to religion. If you adapt that to now, when you see what goes on with social media – the flat earthers for example, or the MOMO challenge, you can see how easily people are deceived. If you adapt the Jim Jones case to modern times, that deception, it’s gotten worse.”
When it comes to the video, the whole case is so well documented and SKYND wanted to have something different. SKYND listened to the 40 minute audio recording from that day.
“You hear the people, you hear babies crying, and for a few hours after, I was depressed because this was real. So it was important that we expressed it properly. It’s more arty than our other videos.”
In the end, SKYND represent the next level of aural immersion, intermingling sound, visuals, and a warning worth heeding.
“All human beings are capable of cruelty,” she leaves off. “We have to keep the inner animal in check. We’re here to provide a different perspective on the psyche to maybe answer some questions.”
You’ve been warned. Welcome to the world of SKYND.
What do you hide under your skin?