Monday 5 February 2024

SKIES - Manchester Gullivers - 1st February 2024

SKIES concluded their tour in support of their debut album Is It All In Our Heads? with a show at Gullivers in Manchester on Thursday night performing eight of the eleven tracks from the album as well as a surprise Florence And The Machine cover.

It's been a long journey for SKIES, one of the country's hardest working bands, to their debut album, but with the release of Is It All In Our Heads? at the end of 2023 they realised one of their long-held dreams as a band. Manchester has been good to them in the past, dating back to when they supported the city's favourites The Slow Readers Club as they were about to break. Gullivers starts to fill up with familiar faces as it gets close to showtime.

For a band with an impressive back catalogue of infectious singles and EPs, SKIES have taken the brave decision on this tour to exclude all the old favourites on this tour to focus on the debut album which has only been out in the world a couple of months. The new songs may not be as immediate as singles like Drone, Pills, Green and Hold On - but they represent SKIES' progression as artists.

Live they still have the contagious energy that Alie on guitar and vocals and Jez on drums and vocals create and this conveys itself to a crowd who clearly hold them in great affection. The wonderfully titled If Absence Makes The Heart Grow Fonder You Better Stay Away A Little Longer is the stand out track from the album alongside the final track of the evening Whited Out Window, but the standard never really drops at all as the nine-track set is packed full of songs that build to soaring choruses that never fail to get the feet tapping. 

They stray from Is It All In Our Heads? just the once for a cover of Florence And The Machine's Free which they make their own in their own inimitable way. SKIES' music is all about the personalities of the two of them and that's what shines brightest in both the new material and that which they've currently left on the back burner. 

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