July 27, 2017 |

Skywalker take on the A-Z challenge!

Skywalker take on the A-Z challenge!

July 27, 2017 |



Skywalker are set to release their new EP Sugar House on September 1. The band, who are based between Liverpool and Prague, have created a sound that amalgamates a bit of A Day To Remember, Rise Against and The Story So Far to create their own skate punk with hardcore elements. They've also toured the world and played with the likes of NOFX, Limp Bizkit and Madball! Ahead of the EP release, we asked frontman Jay Kutcher to give us a little bit more info on the band by taking our A-Z challenge...

A song that made you want to make music?

What’s My Age Again by blink-182.

Best rider you've ever had?

I’m sure it was at a Jugend Zentrum somewhere in Germany. Nothing gets close to the service and hospitality of those places. We always appreciate any vegan catering so if we happen to get a variety of that, we’re thrilled.

Craziest moment you've experienced in the band?

Being schooled like kids on how to behave in a shared backstage by Lars Frederiksen of Rancid!

Deepest lyric one of your songs features?

Our new stuff is pretty personal and I went really deep with some of the songs, especially Sugar and Caffeine. But it was in the song Theresa on our debut record Liberty Island that I stepped out of the typical pattern of hardcore/punk rock lyricism and wrote something much more metaphorical. Being a long-time student of literature, I was excited to have the opportunity to express my emotions with the help of figurative speech rather than the most obvious phrases we all grow tired of. 

Easiest song you wrote?

Island. It’s an older song we have and it’s a mere appreciation of music and all it brings into my life. When I say mere, I don’t mean to underestimate the beauty and importance of it. It’s just simpler and jollier to write about such stuff.

Favourite song in your set?

For me it’s probably our 2015 song Grim Fandango. It’s a very personal song I wrote as a sort of apology and coming to terms with the loss of someone very important in my life. I tend to get rather emotional every time we play this, and that’s OK, it’s music. Playing the new song Caffeine feels great as well.

Guest you'd most like to feature on your record?

Tom DeLonge.

Hardest thing about being in a band?

The more time and effort we dedicate to the band, the less time we have to actually go to work and make enough money to support the band. So this creates a paradoxical situation almost no other band in our region understands: the more successful you get, the harder it gets to sustain that. Also, especially in the past, I became so obsessed with the band that I let it destroy some of the most important relationships. Hopefully, that is no longer the case.

Interesting fact about one of your members?

Damian (our drummer) is a major producer/studio engineer in the alternative/heavy music scene in the Czech Republic/Slovakia region. Pretty much any pop punk/metal/hardcore band worth a mention has worked with him.

Jokes you have in the band?

I’m pretty sure this cannot be published! Let’s just say a lot of them has to do with male nudity.

Key to writing a song?

We’ve actually been trying to figure this out. We’ve done both lyrics-to-music and music-to-lyrics writing. Both works and both doesn’t in a way. I suppose the greatest mistake of heavy bands is an obsession with riffs. When guitarists write, they tend to end up with an illogical succession of riffs, some of which are dope, but it rarely works as a song. I think vocal progressions need to be taken into account at the very beginning of the process so that one ends up with a tune rather that a bunch of riffs. That is what separates cool metalcore songs from timeless works of the Beatles or Oasis. And don’t get me wrong, I love metalcore.

Longest distance you've traveled to play a show?

Depends. We’ve obviously been to China, Japan, Canada and such so that’s pretty far. Especially in China, we’d travel about 1-2k km’s everyday but on a super-fast train so it doesn’t count. The craziest drives would be from Newcastle in the north of England to Liberec, Czech Republic, or perhaps Hamburg, Germany straight to London and back to Prague, Czech Republic in a little more than a day.