Skibunny’s debut EP Walk Don’t Walk was proudly released on 7th June through SMALLTOWN AMERICA Records. The EP features four tracks, including a remix of the title track from New York’s Cereal Spiller – check out his recent remixes of A Place To Bury Strangers and Goldfrapp – and 2 new songs CUT & RUN and OSSINGTON – inspired by a recent trip to Toronto!
The band has been described as a mix of The Cure and Joy Division but admittedly I didn’t hear any similarities to either. I can understand why they have such appeal as an electronica band but the EP isn’t reinventing the wheel. Their songs are quite funky (do people still say funky?) and will, I would imagine, have a fairly built-in audience of club-goers but further to that might be a case of ‘you’ll either love it or you’ll hate it’.
In March 2009, Skibunny showcased at Canadian Music Week in Toronto, and were picked by the Toronto Independent Music Awards as one of the “must-see” bands of the festival. At SXSW in Austin, Texas, they played a massive 6 shows, yet still finding time for Tanya to do a bit of singing on stage with LA band The Mae Shi! Back in the UK, they played to a capacity crowd at The Camden Crawl, with Radio 1’s Huw Stephens twittering like mad about their performance. Then they disappeared into the studio, emerging only to play or DJ at a few key festivals, including a main stage DJ slot at BESTIVAL, between Doves and Fleet Foxes, plus they went back to the US to play & DJ at CMJ in New York. By the end of 2009 the debut LP was complete and they ended the year with a fun UK tour opening for HAR MAR SUPERSTAR.
The EP is available in stores and from all the usual download sites.
Skibunny have a number of upcoming tour dates across the UK:
Tues 15th June: The Monarch, London
Wed 16th June: Spanky Van Dykes (live and DJ set), Nottingham
Thurs 17th June: Mothers Ruin, Bristol
Fri 18th June: Sub 61, Manchester
Sat 19th June : Carpe Diem, Leeds
Thurs 24th June: Harleys, Bathgate
Fri 25th June: Capitol, Glasgow
Sat 26th June: Electric Circus, Edinburgh
27th June: The Greenside, Fife Leslie
Fri 2nd July:, Polar Bear Club @ Tunnels, Aberdeen