Skybox, Live Session #65

by oz on February 9, 2010


Skybox are a local Chicago indie pop outfit comprised of Tim Ellis and Christian Fields, Mike Holtz and Dan Ingenthron. They’ve made a name for themselves with outlandish live shows and toured in support of artists like Ben Folds, Tilly and The Wall, Tally Hall and The Figurines.

Most of our sessions (and content) are admittedly skewed to folk, America and alt-country, but I’ve spent two weeks visiting and revisiting Skybox’s recent release, Morning After Cuts. Unlike our discussion about Midlake yesterday, Skybox keeps you on your toes and varies their sound from one song to the next. Infectious pop party songs loaded with hooks, bouncing keys and quirky falsetto vocals and harmonies are juxtaposed with stripped down tracks like “Trout” and “Slipping.”

While those catchy songs may be their signature, I find myself drawn to songs like “Trout,” featured here, where the songwriting is fully exposed. The album is forcing me to step a little outside of my normal listening patterns, but it’s much more than a blip on the radar. It’s a grower that continues to get better and better with repeated listens. I’m really looking forward to catching a set at SxSW 2010.

If you dug our live sessions with Eulogies and Jukebox The Ghost, then this session will be right up your alley. The band is touring with Tally Hall now and will be at SxSW 2010 in Austin. If you like what you hear, you can request a free CD at their website.

I’d also like to call attention to the amazing sweater featured in the videos.

Skybox Band Intro Song

Exclusive: Skybox – Morning After Cuts

Exclusive: Skybox – Light

Exclusive: Skybox – In A Dream

Exclusive: Skybox – Trout

Download the Skybox Live Session as a zip file.

Video: Skybox – Trout (live at Shirk Music + Sound)

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Shirk February 11, 2010 at 10:36 am

I can’t believe that I’m the first person commenting on these guys. While I wholeheartedly admit that this band is outside of the usual style we gravitate toward at HearYa, I think that this band is really good. I’ve seen them live a few times, even shared the stage with them once last year at Double Door…never did they disappoint. Every show was packed and they sold out their last two recent shows at Schubas. The crowd was loving it. Perhaps those fans are not frequent HearYa readers??? Anyhow, solid players and writing. What I think really separates them from the pack is that they sound UNIQUE….very hard to do in my book. I think the tune “Trout” is really amazing. I remember when I first heard the album, I was floored by that tune…still am.

That Guy February 13, 2010 at 11:42 am

Shirkland – I can’t believe I’m only the 2nd person to comment. Love that “In a Dream” song. So catchy. Good work on this one – a nice change of pace.

Franny February 14, 2010 at 11:56 pm

I’m really loving this band. Engaging lyrics are the first thing that grab me, but the variety from song to song is refreshing. I like how they go from being almost to cool to being very sweet and tender. Yay for creativity.

MusicIsWhatILoveFor February 16, 2010 at 11:52 pm

This is the kind of music I wait for years to hear because music this great is so scarce now a days. Skybox is creative, inspiring and seriously talented. This session almost made me cry, I love passionate music and this is passionate music.

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