The two-decade hiatus is over: SkinInc. is alive! The band is currently working on new music for release.
For the uninitiated: SkinInc. always considered themselves to be a heavy rock band blending radio-friendly hooks and melodies with crunching twin-guitar riffs, backed with a theatrical live show to entertain crowds (and themselves.)
A look back at reviews saw the press draw comparisons to the likes of LA Guns, Hanoi Rocks, and Mötley Crüe, but AC/DC, Ozzy Osbourne (his axeman Zakk Wylde in particular), Kiss, and Marilyn Manson were also big influences on members of the quintet.
Formed in the winter of 1999, SkinInc. quickly hit the Perth music scene with a bang! Their fourth gig was played from the Claremont Speedway infield in front of five-thousand people enjoying a World Series event (that included perhaps the heaviest rendition of Australia's National Anthem ever!)
SkinInc.'s biggest performance was at the Big Day Out festival in the year 2000, which moved music TV personality Jabba to write, “SkinInc.'s set had to be seen to be believed… far out!” in his review of the sold-out festival – not bad for the band’s twelfth gig.
Their live shows featured triple fire-spits over the crowd by lead guitarist Stevie D., shenanigans from jocular rhythm guitarist Corey Hodgetts, and the “Drum Rod”: picture a drumming interlude on a kit setup with mag wheels, smoke billowing through silver exhaust pipes on both sides, topped with a crash helmet on their otherwise nude drummer Matt Franklin.
Like the shock rock heroes that came before them, SkinInc. also had quality, catchy songs, which fans loved (and rival bands didn’t), to match their bombastic show. They recorded their EP “Love Me Tomorrow” just a week after their debut gig and the Limited Collectors’ Edition of the CD even came with a piece of the bands’ own skin ink leftovers for a personalised touch – yes, their tattoo scabs, in other words.
They then released their album “Rose Coloured Glasses” in the middle of 2001. Included on the disc’s multimedia goodies was the video to opening track “Diatribe,” as seen on music television across Australia. However, the release became the band’s swan song.
SkinInc. went on hiatus when front man Paul Miles relocated his baritone vocals from Perth to Melbourne, where he became an imminent rock DJ in the city's clubs and bars (like Cherry's halcyon days in AC/DC Lane for more than a decade.) Furthermore, as a writer, he's authored ten rock ‘n’ roll books and was asked to contribute to Mötley Crüe’s autobiography The Dirt that's sold more than a million copies – you’ll see that he gets “the biggest thanks of all” in the book’s Acknowledgements page.
Throughout SkinInc.’s 1999-2001 first era, the band could unfortunately see the health of their bassist Geoff Lewis deteriorating. His disease was terminal, and he sadly passed away at the end of 2016. It added to the list of highs and lows the band members have all faced over the course of the last two decades, as life ran its course. Through it all though, each band member always fondly respected what they had initially created together.
It seemingly took a global pandemic to reignite the SkinInc. pilot light in the middle of 2021. (“Gimme the spark to ignite the flame.”) Joining now on bass is long-time friend of the band Shane Johnstone [Ultra Sound, Supernatural, Atmosfear], who is also an experienced singer and songwriter.
Although Miles is still based in Melbourne, technology has come a long way in the last twenty years, making the collaborative creation of music that much easier and a reality. The new SkinInc. songs are coming together with the same ease and sounding just as great – if not better!
Follow along now on all platforms and join SkinInc. on the next stage of their rock ‘n’ roll journey. Enjoy the dirty, sweet rock ‘n’ roll!