Volume 93, Issue 58
Thursday, January 13, 2000
|ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
Skyfish a homegrown hybrid
Photo by Julio Lopez
"WOW. IT SAYS HERE THAT ONE OUT OF EVERY FIVE BAND MEMBERS ARE FUNCTIONALLY ILLEGIBLE." In no way challenged Western five piece Skyfish partake in Festival of Arts events at the Wave on Wednesday night.
By Luke Rundle
Putting together a five piece band with members who possess a similar artistic vision is usually an enormously difficult task. For London's Skyfish, however, the problem was solved as easily as shooting fish in a barrel. With their original nucleus all living in the same residence or attending many of the same classes in their first year at Western, it seems as if Skyfish was simply a union destined to come together.
Truly a home-grown product, members Paul Lamarche (rhythm guitar/vocals), Matt Morton (drums) and Adrienne Lloyd (bass) are all classically trained members of Western's music program. Combined with Darcy Windover (lead guitar/vocals) and Andrew Hummel (piano/vocals), the quintet are truly utilizing their Western connections to the fullest, bringing their curious fusion of classic and contemporary pop to the Wave Wednesday night as part of the Festival of the Arts' Best of the Bands lineup.
When asked to pinpoint their particular type of sound, Windover rattles off the eclectic influences which have impacted their material. "I've described it as the Beatles and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young meets Radiohead and Dave Matthews," he states. In fact, Windover and longtime chum Hummel had a Fab Four vibe even before meeting the band's other members. "Andrew and I were in a Beatles tribute band in Sarnia. He was Paul and I was George. We didn't need the wigs 'cause we had the hair."
Having released their three song self-titled debut last November, the band is already feeling the strong undercurrent that comes to indie bands once they have something concrete to bring to promoters. Recent shows in and around the London area have resulted from the mixture of varied tracks which effectively capture the group's sound.
"'Fashion Alien' is a song of Paul's that's got a lot of vocal harmonies in it and it's very watery because we both use rotating speakers to make it that way," Windover says. "'Passenger' is kind of our pop single and it's kind of influenced by early Beatles with 'A Hard Day's Night' kind of feel."
Skyfish stay fresh by performing off-the-cuff live shows where no song is ever the same twice. "We've been able to switch between instruments and except for myself, everybody's also proficient on the piano," Windover states.
A true sense of unpredictability infiltrates the between-song banter as well, an area where many indie bands make the mistake of alienating audiences by droning on and on about where they devised such artistic and sensitive lyrics. "Andrew likes to make up weird stories about our songs when he introduces them to the crowd," Windover laughs.
"We were playing at Ryerson [Polytechnic University] and he said that 'June's December' was about a pet monkey that Paul had, that had fallen off a balcony. And after Paul dramatically saved it, he became the hero of Somerset Place. So we like to have fun on stage, you know, not take ourselves too seriously."
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