Do you know about Skynet? They are a fine four piece progressive groove metal band hailing out of our smoggy and beloved Hamilton. Aggressive, genuine, and in your face, Skynet are awesome. The guys have toured Canada, and are gearing up to release an EP this summer. The EP will feature a track with guest vocals from a few people including Monstertruck’s Jon Harvey.
These guys are excellent. Check them out this weekend at Club Absinthe. I caught up with Blake earlier this week to talk music and learn more about Skynet.
Q – Can you tell us a bit about how you guys got together?
This band actually originated from a solo project that Donny (guitarist) started in his basement in 2011. Him and I were in a band at the time that we weren’t really feeling, so he took it upon himself to start his own thing After hearing how amazing the material was we decided to see if we could make a band work with it. Low and behold, we did.
Q – What’s it like being a metal band in Hamilton these days? We have a good amount of metal /heavy bands, and a lot of pretty huge shows come through Hamilton. Would you say that we have a ‘metal scene’ here?
Absolutely! we have a STRONG metal scene, or just a strong music scene in general, always have. It’s always been easy to be in a band in these parts due to all the support from the people from Hamilton who live to go to the shows, buy a shirt, download the music. By any means necessary.
Q – Tell us a bit about how you created your sound?
Donny and I were in a few bands together over the last 10 years. One of them successful, one of them not so much. Over the years him and I have created a sound that has now, just come naturally. It’s very aggressive, it’s heavy, and most importantly, it’s from the fucking heart.
Q – Can you tell us a bit about your influences, or inspirations?
I grew up listening to a lot of frontman driven music like Aerosmith, Marilyn Manson, Deftones, Dillinger Escape Plan, Everytime I Die, etc… when I was younger. I have always loved the energy and shock value and I’d like to believe that it shines through in my performance.
Q – How do you maintain your voices through the show?
I do my vocal warmups like any smoking/drinking vocalist should indulge in if they want longevity in their chords.
Q – Do you guys have any pre, or post, show rituals?
Not so much. We sound check, we chill, we warm up, we destroy. Then when all the dust settles, we party!
Q – What do you guys do when you’re not making music?
Lately, we’ve been shooting music videos (haha) 3 of them in 3 weeks to be exact. Other than that we work and make music.
Q – What are you listening to these days? Do you have any recommendations?
It’s hard getting into a lot of new stuff coming out these days. We’ve been listening to a lot of Northlane, Architects, Letlive, and Intervals – bands in our genre who are doing it right. Personally I have been listening to Danzig a lot lately. Never really got into it until recently.
Q – What do you have planned for the rest of the year?
Take over the world.