Skindred will be joining the 2016 Louder Than Life festival in Louisville, KY, alongside such greats as Slipknot, Disturbed, Slayer, and many others. This band has come far from their 2003 release of Babylon roots, and following their most recent 2015 release of Volume, I highly suggest keeping these boys on your radar; before you know it, you, too, just may be a Rude Boy for Life.
Have you ever been to a store that advertised a certain product, but when you walked in, you were blown away by the eclectic mix of displays that store had? Think, like, a less terrible Hot Topic with a Williams-Sonoma flair. What would you expect? You’d have your mainstream staples like Slipknot, Korn, and 5FDP, sure. But what if you looked beyond them, to the smaller yet no less impressive presentations? Well high among them is a genre-breaking band known as Skindred, given to the hearkening of genus-breaking bands like System of a Down and more recently, Beartooth. They combine the baton-to-the-face cracks of hard and alt rock, but supplement the rhythm, flow, and lyrical styles of reggae. Fucking reggae! As lead singer Benji Webbe joking calls it, it’s almost their introduction to a form of nu-reggae, a tongue-in-cheek reference to nu-metal.
I’ll be honest, I normally can’t stand reggae; the closest I usually get to a Rasta vibe is calling my printer Bob Marley ’cause the fucker’s always jammin’. But hear me: this isn’t the slow, melancholy sound one normally associates with reggae. This feels more like someone took Mr. Vegas’ Heads High and made it more vocally guttural, gave it a flow like Sean Paul attending Mayhem Festival, and threw in a mosh pit full of dreadlocks for good measure.