The Australian Surf Music and Garage Rock Quartet
Skegss is an Australian band that formed in 2014 in Byron Bay. The band initially started as a quartet, consisting of Toby Cregan, Noa Deane, Jonny Lani, and Ben Reed. Cregan played the bass guitar, Deane played the guitar. Lani played the drums, and Reed was the lead vocalist and guitarist.
The Early Days of Skegss
After reuniting in 2014, Lani and Reed started playing gigs around Byron Bay for small amounts of money and a few drinks. Their energetic live act quickly gained a reputation, leading to the addition of Cregan and Deane to the band. The quartet then developed a distinctive sound, blending surf, garage, and punk rock.
Skegss’ Rise to Fame
Skegss’ popularity grew quickly, and they started to tour extensively, playing at festivals and venues all over Australia. In 2015, the band released their debut EP “50 Push Ups for a Dollar” and followed it up with their first full-length album “My Own Mess” in 2018. It was a critical and commercial success, reaching the top 20 on the Australian Albums Chart and earning a nomination for Best Rock Album at the ARIA Awards.
Skegss’ Musical Style
Skegss’ music is characterized by its raw and unpolished sound, with catchy guitar riffs, driving basslines, and upbeat rhythms. The band’s lyrics often deal with themes such as youth culture, partying, and the struggles of everyday life. Skegss’ influences range from classic punk bands like The Ramones and The Clash to more contemporary acts like FIDLAR and WAVVES.
Skegss is a band that has managed to capture the essence of Australian surf culture and translate it into their music. With their high-energy live shows and infectious melodies, they have gained a loyal following both in Australia and overseas. Skegss continues to tour and record new music, and they are sure to remain a force to be reckoned with in the world of surf rock and garage punk.