Guitarist and vocalist Kelly Nash, bassist Scott Roberts and drummer Ben Evans recorded their EP debut as Skymonk in late 2013, a little more than a year after founding the eclectic rock outfit. The results bear out the growth they’ve managed in that time.
The three-course platter kicks off with “Stop Looking At Me,” leaning on pop-rock formula with punchy, overdriven riffs propelled by the emphatic snap of Evans’ snares. Nash's thick vocals, cushioned by sustaining strums, breeze into a soulful chorus accented by simple and articulate leads before a crashing bridge sends Skymonk back to its refrain.
Displaying its versatility, the band flows easily into the post-grunge-inspired “So Low.” Nash subdues his singing, accenting the song’s more mournful melody. Evans' powerful percussion comes punctuated by Roberts’ thundering bass, lending additional power to the drummer’s every cymbal crash. Concluding with the acoustic offering “Matchless,” Nash dials back with eloquent strums played over plucked bass lines and a tribal drum backdrop, the mixture bringing to mind a more refined Guster.
Refusing to play it safe, Skymonk arrives with three looks it could easily refine in the future, a promising start for this talented band.
King Lear in Finlay Park
October 16th-18th and 22nd-25th, the South Carolina Shakespeare Company presents William Shakespeare’s King Lear. All performances held at the Finlay Park Ampitheatre at 7:30 PM. For tickets and more information, click here or call 803-665-2000.
Four Miles, Twelve Doughnuts
Winston’s Wish aims to increase knowledge and understanding of children with autism, and you can help by participating in the 4.donut Race on October 25th. Start at Edventure Children’s Museum, run 2 miles to Krispy Kreme, eat 12 doughnuts, and run back! Registration is required and can be done here before October 23rd at 5 p.m.
Bluegrass, Bidding, and BBQ
Join The Palladium Society Thursday, October 23rd from 7-10 p.m. for its 11th annual silent auction, featuring music by The Mustache Brothers and catering by Bourbon and The Oak Table. Tickets are $30 at the door and include admission, drinks, and food. Get yours online now!
The Other Place at Trustus Theatre
Juliana Smithton is a successful neurologist whose life seems to be coming unhinged. A mystery unfolds as fact blurs with fiction, past collides with present and the elusive truth of Juliana’s mental health boils to the surface in The Other Place, running at Trustus Theatre October 17th through November 1st. There will be a talk-back following the matinee on October 19th. Tickets can be purchased here or by calling the box office at 803-254-9732.
3LAU on Sunday, October 26th and the Unofficial Skrillex Mothership Tour After-Party on the 27th. More information and tickets for both can be found here. VIP tables available.
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