Friday, January 8, 2016

The Skins at Irving Plaza

Bayli McKeithan
Three siblings from Brooklyn, New York, along with two of their guitar-playing schoolmates from New York's School of Rock, formed the Skins following a series of jam sessions in 2012. Bayli (vocals), Kaya (bass) and Reef (drums) McKeithan, along with guitarists Daisy Spencer and Russell Chell, were all under 21 years old at the time. Nevertheless, the band performed in local music venues, then graduated to touring and playing at summer festivals. The band's one release so far is a 2012 self-titled EP.

At Irving Plaza tonight, the Skins forged soulful vocals and pop melodies with hard rock instrumentation. The funk-based rhythm section dug a groove and the guitars ripped and soared. The hard, driving songs were tempered by Bayli's simmering vocal approach, which slyly lent the songs a vibrant, sexy persona. The band was electric, but Bayli was the lightning. The five musicians may be youngsters, but the Skins rocked with alarming maturity.

Visit the Skins at www.theskins.com.