Around 1998 4ZZZ, 4MBS, and Family Radio started broadcasting from the one installation at Mt Coot-tha. Prior to this 4MBS and Family Radio had merely leased land beside 4ZZZ but then Brisbane City Council decided that having three transmission towers and huts in the one place was an eyesore and encouraged the three radio stations to share facilities. This resulted in the three radio stations developing a company called Broadcasting Park to negotiate with the Council. This company consisted of three shares, one owned by each member station.
Skinwalkers are a band of people, for the people; a no-restriction mentality igniting with a fusion of punk, rock, and metal not heard in this scene for a long time, this outspoken, young and energetic band are on the rise.
"Famed for singing about issues that are important to their audience, their music harks back to a time when punk rock had a message" - Time Off Magazine, July 2011
Forming in 2008 on the Gold Coast (Australia) Matt Turner (Drummer), Lach Jenno (Lead Vocals/Guitar) and Lenny Delandre (Vocals/Bass) created Skinwalkers, smashing out political/emotionally-charged rock n roll with a message about the world.
"Green Day/Nirvana : each generation seems to throw up an act that strips away the bullshit; that arrives from out of nowhere with only bass, guitar, drums and a powerful voice out front and a revolutionary belief in making rock n roll matter again. Skinwalkers are that band. "- Mark Mordue, February 2011
The three piece will be releasing their latest single, "I Don't Believe It" this June. Coming back from their first Australian National tour with their last EP release "Fall or Resist", the band has since supported the Misfits (USA), Frenzal Rhomb and focused performances in Queensland and rural NSW leaving the audience incited by the raw sound and socially driven message.
Being influenced by bands like The Clash, The Who, Midnight Oil, Rise Against, and Gallows, genres and styles have never been important to the band, it?s raw, real authenticity that grabs their attention. A meeting with Peter Garrett of Midnight Oil sparked by the conviction in the music would inspire the band to continue to push forward during a turbulent painful period inciting them to continue to get the music out to people.
"They sing about things that matter, that are real to the everyday man with a positive message delivered in every track that may have been missed had it been delivered any other way." - Bec Dent, 90.9 Sea FM - June 2011
These social convictions were founded in the writing of their first EP, "We Are The Streets". The lead track was inspired by the youth homelessness crisis in Australia. Captain Paul Moulds, the Director of the Oasis Youth Support Network in Sydney would acclaim the 2010 release of the "We Are The Streets" EP as a great example of how people are contributing in their own way to raise awareness and bring about change.
Being a band with a social conscience can be challenging but there will always be those who respect it. Producer Kalju Tonuma heard the insurgency of "We Are The Streets" and after mixing the debut EP has continued to produce each record since. Its all about the vibe in producing that sheer raw weight in the music.