Skam

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COUNTRY: United Kingdom

STYLE: Hard Rock

PROFILE: Formed three years ago by Steve Hill (guitar), Matt Gilmore (bass) and Ray ‘X-Ray’ Peverill (drums), Skam are a three piece, hard rock band based in Leicester.
With over 250 gigs to their name and having played in every major city in the UK, the guys are a crack live unit with a stage show that is second to none. With a reputation for delivering no nonsense, gutsy, classic sounding British rock music, played with passion and conviction the band have steadily built a strong local following. One notable local review dubbed them “Leicester legends.”

Seasoned road dogs that they are, they have been asked to support several major rock acts including: The Wildhearts, Laika Dog, Blaze Bailey and Del Bonham’s Stray. Other memorable gigs, have included a sold out Saturday night at the 350 capacity Cavern Club in Liverpool and playing to over 7000 festival goers at Glastonbudget 2010. With two self-produced EP’s already under their belts (both of which were supported by UK club tours), Skam have just finished recording their debut album, produced and recorded by renowned hard rock producer Matt Elliss (Terrorvision, Black Spiders, Laika Dog, Groop Dogdrill) at Axis Productions in Doncaster.

The album was finished at the end of 2011, but faced factory pressing and distribution troubles. But now is ready to rock the world, and their efforts have, indeed, come to this.
From the opening track “Soldiers Of Rock’, Skam demonstrate just how accomplished they can be as musicians, delivering a sense of immediacy accompanied by the kind of tight, circular guitar riff they seem to be able to create in abundance.
On their meaty British Hard Rock, Skam reminds me early day Fastway, Y & T, Skin (UK) and on some places Thunder. All wrapped with a powerful modern production.
The lyrics are sung with the passion and power that a rock singer should have throughout, it being evident that vocalist Steve Hill has a talent for the job.
But each band member plays their part: the drum kit is practically punished by drummer Ray ‘X-Ray’ Peverill and Matt Gilmore plays an excellent backing, and when all three sing together, the harmonies sound really punchy. Hill even demonstrates his talent as a guitarist with a fantastically played solo.

The self-funded, ten song album is a considerable step forward both sonically and in terms of songwriting for the group. With their eye on an autumn release Skam are currently busy working on the album packaging, promo photographs, updated web and social networking pages and new merchandise ahead of touring the UK towards the end of the year.

ALBUMS
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It’s Come To This [2012]

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