| Skindred is a four-piece "" band from Newport, Wales. Their genre is an innovative mix of , , and . The band was formed in 1999 following the disbandment of vocalist Benji Webbe's previous band, and his one-off side-project featuring Robert Trujillo (, , ) released the year prior. The band initially came together with three of the four Dub War veterans with Jeff Rose and Martin Ford returning alongside Webbe, along with new bassist Daniel Pugsley.
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What exactly is it about Skindred that makes them so unique, so unto themselves both musically and spiritually? Is it their origins on the mean streets of Newport, Wales? Is it their dancehall roots? Is it their punk, DIY ethic? Drum and bass combined with metallic riffing? Anyone who has experienced this band can go on for days trying to encapsulate what exactly it is about Skindred, but it is quite simply the music created by these 4 unlikely bandmates - Daniel Pugsley, Michael Fry, Arya Goggin and Benji Webbe â which blends a clash of cultures and ideas into a fusion of such musical grandeur, such magnificence that all bow or break in its wake.
Benji Webbe is not only one of the most fierce frontmen in all of rock, not only does he have the pipes that rock dreams are made of, but is also a guy who has his roots firmly in hand. You don't find him sitting behind the velvet rope at posh after parties. You'll more likely find him speaking to a homeless person in an alley beside the venue, not preaching but connecting on a real, human level. Yes, he has taken in homeless to live with him, in his house with his family, not for a reality show, not for a news article but because it is who he is and what he is about. This spills over into everything he does. While others pretend and position themselves, Benji is the real deal. Part Shaman part toastmaster, part devil part angel.
Great things come from combustion and from galactic collisions, and Skindred's sound is such a thing. They are truly an original voice in a cluttered crowd of also rans. Who can tour with Gogol Bordello, Flogging Molly, Korn And Disturbed and destroy all worlds just as easily? SKINDRED.
If Radiohead is important, if Muse and Pendulum are celebrated then Skindred is divine! I defy journalists and press folk to see them live and come to any other conclusion. We don't need to spend two paragraphs telling you how wonderful the new CD is because it is Skindred and they are brilliant. You would do yourself a disservice, not as a journalist but as a music fan, not to devote the time needed to become acquainted with the music of this band. The band has done their job, created what they create, it falls to us to let the world knowâ¦the Skindred sound has come to take over!
"Shark Bites And Dog Fights" is in-stores September 22nd. Get it so you can claim this band as your own before the world does and leaves you behind. No longer Britain's best kept secret!
Visit Skindred's Myspace.com page here!