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Morganton band to release new album

October 31, 2013


Oct. 31--HICKORY -- Morganton hard rock band Skinn Jakkitt is set to unleash a full-length album with its new label, Tate Music Group.

The band will celebrate the record on Nov. 2 by headlining its own release party. Other bands featured are 5th Street Saints, A Time Devised and Pluto No More.

The self-titled album will have eight songs and will be released Nov. 5, although copies will be available at the show.

Before they take the stage, lead guitarist Barry Sams answered our questions.

Why did you choose the name Skinn Jakkitt?

Skinn Jakkitt was a name thrown around many months before it was accepted. We spent weeks pouring over name ideas. Then finally we all picked five favorites and tossed them into a hat. Skinn Jakkitt won.

How did the band form?

The founding members started a cover band called Modified in late 2010. Like most cover bands, you got in it to make a few dollars. After a while, a few let downs, and no luck keeping a singer, we decided to go back to writing our own music and be done with the cover scene. In mid 2011, liking the music we were writing, we began the hunt for a new singer to compliment our music direction. We had several auditions that were promising, then like a lightning strike, Greg, our current singer, came out of nowhere and we have been growing since.

Tell us about a song off the new CD.

"Epiphany" our single, is about having hardships and heart break, wanting to forget and erase things from your life, only to have it come back at you twofold.

What motivated you to pursue a music career?

MTV really dropped the music scene into our living rooms. You really got to see the thrill of the music world, having fans, the fame and the rock 'n' roll life. We all grew up wanting to be the bands we idolized. It started with playing a few covers then writing our own material. And then you realize this is what we are meant to do.

What's some music you're listening to right now?

Most of our listening pleasure consist of bands like: Clutch, Eye Empire, Pantera, Five Finger Death Punch, Fear Factory, and Shinedown

What is something strange that has happened on tour?

Not much has happened to us in the way of "strange." Definitely get to see some strange people doing crazy stuff. But most things run pretty normal. We did have a close call when we were in Oklahoma. We had just left after recording our album May 18. Then the big tornado storms hit the area the very next day.

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If you go

What: Get down to rock band Skinn Jakkitt as they celebrate their CD release.

When: Saturday 8:00pm

Where: The Wizard Saloon,

651 21st Ave. NE in Hickory

Cost: $5 cover


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