Perth rock outfit SkinInc hit the ground running after their formation in 1999.
Their music resonated on a level that far outstripped their relative isolation in the West, so much so that by their 14th show the band was already appearing as part of the Big Day Out festival.
EP Love Me Tomorrow and debut album Rose Coloured Glasses solidified SkinInc’s growing reputation before life – as it so often does – stepped in and frontman Paul Miles was forced into relocating to Melbourne to follow work shortly after the debut in mid 2001.
The band went on a hiatus, but still felt they had unfinished business to attend to.
Despite the pandemic forcing the closure of half the world, it actually acted as the catalyst for SkinInc to dare to dream once more, with technology and advancements meaning a band no longer had to live in the same state to get things done.
A whisper gradually became a roar until last year, SkinInc returned with the track Life’s A Bitch, flying in the face of a 20-year period of inactivity and rekindling the nationwide flame.
After following that single up with another belter in the form of It Saved My Soul, Miles decided to sit down with HEAVY and run us through the resurgence of the great rockers from the West.
We start by asking why, after 20 years, SkinInc decided to reintroduce themselves to the world with the track Life’s A Bitch.
“It was actually the first song that we wrote when we reconvened after a couple of decades,” he said. “During the pandemic with lockdowns and stuff we started having some thoughts about putting the band back together and when we did the guys got back together in Perth and started working on some music. They sent it over to me in Melbourne and I put the lyrics together and that was the first song that came out of the oven as such. We’ve got probably about another seven songs or so that we’re working on, but that was the first one so we wanted to get the ball rolling and get some product out there so that people could see and hear that we’re actually back and not just re-releasing our back catalogue.”
In the full interview, Paul takes us back to the point when the band decided to take a break and why, how the music world has changed over 20 years, re-entering a new musical environment, how the band has changed musically and with their songwriting, reigning in their tongue in cheek humour to fit in with the modern sanitized market, future plans and more.