Skegss
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Background information
OriginByron Bay, New South Wales, Australia
Genres
Years active2014–present
Labels
Associated acts
Websitewww.skegss.com Edit this at Wikidata
Members
  • Toby Cregan
  • Jonny Lani
  • Ben Reed
Past members
  • Noa Deane

Skegss are an Australian surf and garage rock trio originally from Byron Bay, New South Wales. The band's line-up consists of Toby Cregan (upright bass), Jonny Laneway (drums) and Ben Reed (lead guitar, synth).

They have released several extended plays and toured both nationwide and internationally. Skegss made international headlines after accusing American rappers Reese and Lil Yachty of copying the cover art for that collaboration's single, "Do It", from the band's 2015 EP, 50 Push Ups for a Dollar.[5]

Their debut studio album, My Own Mess, was released in September 2018 and peaked at number 2 on the ARIA Album Charts. In October 2020 the group re-released 50 Push Ups for a Dollar on vinyl, which reached number 4. They followed with a double EP as a vinyl compilation album, Holiday Food/Everyone Is Good at Something, re-released in November 2020, which reached number 17.

Career

2014–2017: Formation and early EPs

Skegss were formed in Byron Bay in 2014 as a surf music and garage rock quartet by Toby Cregan (a.k.a. Toby Two String) on bass guitar, Noa Deane on guitar, Jonny Lani (a.k.a. Johnny Layback) on drums and Ben Reed (a.k.a. Ben Ben Bograil) on lead vocals and guitar.[6] Lani and Reed were childhood friends and reconnected in 2014, the pair began "playing shows for a hundred bucks and a couple of beers wherever [they] could."[7]

Their debut single, "L.S.D." was released in July 2014, at which time they were described by Stab Magazine's writer as, "A band without complex. It's just as you hear, a slack rock band, that remind you of walking bare feet, being sunburned with stiff hair thanks to sea salt."[6] Cregan explained the track's title, "The song is called 'L.S.D' but not like acid, more like, Live.Sleep.Die."[6] They followed with a set of performances in Sydney and southern Queensland in August.[8] Chris Singh of AU.Review opined fans could expect, "a sound which is deceptively casual; a well-crafted ode to those with a more laid-back approach to life."[8]

Their second single, "Rock 'n' Roll Radio", was released in October 2014, which Singh's associate Paul McBride observed, "shows you how easy it is to make a simple and laid-back rock and roll track."[9] By April 2015 Deane had left Skegss to concentrate on his surfing career. The group continued as a trio. They commenced a tour of North America at the end of that month taking dates in California, New York City and Toronto.[10]

Upon return to Australia, in June 2015, they were signed with Ratbag Records, run by Brisbane-based surf musicians, Dune Rats, and distributed by Warner Music.[11][12] Skegss first EP for the Ratbag label, 50 Push Ups for a Dollar, appeared in October 2015, with a track, "Fun", issued as a single in July.[13]

Skegss' next EP, Everyone Is Good at Something, with seven tracks was released in July 2016.[14] It peaked at No. 4 on the ARIA Hitseekers Albums Chart.[15] James Tait of Howl and Echoes felt, "they look to push their career to further heights with the release of their sophomore EP... [they] happen to be fantastically talented at making punk rock: three honest chords on sun-bleached guitars, chugging rhythms and lyrics reflecting both the debauchery and uncertainty of themselves and the young crowds they manage to wow over on an almost nightly basis."[14]

Kill Your Stereo's Peyton Bernhardt rated it at 75 out-of 100 and explained, "[it] plays out as an existential crisis that an indie rock aficionado may have amid a quintessentially Australian social setting... [they] are the Pharrell Williams of Aussie beach-rock, spreading the happiness around like a contagious virus that you’d be goddamn lucky to catch."[16]

The group issued their next single, "Spring Has Sprung", in December 2016, which theMusic.com.au's staff writer opined, "[it] is everything you could want from a raw, DIY punk anthem, with angst-fuelled sing-alongs imminent as we approach festival season."[17] They followed with another five-track EP, Holiday Food, in April 2017.[18] The group combined both recent EPs as Holiday Food/Everyone Is Good at Something and issued it as a compilation double EP in the same month. It reached the ARIA Hitseekers Albums Chart at No. 12.[19]

Its lead single, "Got on My Skateboard", was issued a month earlier, with Andrew Massie of The Rockpit, expressing the view, "Wrapped in driving drums with an instantly memorable hook that'll earworm you for days, [it] bleeds nostalgia of years gone by and the notion that you should take advantage of being young to make sure you don't ever regret things you didn't do, rather than those that you did."[20] They undertook a headlining tour, in June, to promote the album's release.[18][21] "Got on My Skateboard" was listed at No. 39 on the Triple J Hottest 100, 2017.[22]

2018–present: My Own Mess and Rehearsal

In September 2018, the band released their debut studio album My Own Mess, which peaked at number 2 on the ARIA charts. At the ARIA Music Awards of 2019, My Own Mess was nominated for ARIA Award for Best Rock Album, losing out to Amyl and the Sniffers by Amyl and the Sniffers.[23]

In late 2020, Skegss re-released early EPs on vinyl for the first time, starting with 50 Push Ups for a Dollar in October and the double EP Holiday Food / Everyone Is Good at Something in November.[24] Both debuted and peaked within the ARIA top 20.

On 26 March 2021, Skegss released their second studio album, Rehearsal which had been preceded by five singles. The album peaked at number 1 on the ARIA Charts.[25]

Band members

Current members[26]
  • Ben Reed – lead vocals, lead guitar (2014–present)
  • Jonny Lani – drums (2014–present)
  • Toby Cregan – bass guitar (2014–present)
Past members
  • Noa Deane – guitar (2014–April 2015)

Public image

In an interview with Skegss, David James Young of Mixdown Magazine said the band "come across as standard loose-unit garage rockers with thrashing manes."[27] Life Without Andy said the band has a "youthful energy and [an] infectious sense of humour".[28] Time Out described the band as "DIY, beer-drinking and self-producing maniacs from the surf coast",[29] whilst James Tait of Howl and Echoes has described them as "just three fun-loving dudes from Byron Bay who enjoy a cold beer."[30]

Discography

Studio albums

List of studio albums, with release date, label, and selected chart positions shown
TitleDetailsPeak chart positions
AUS
[31]
My Own Mess2
Rehearsal
  • Released: 26 March 2021[32]
  • Label: Loma Vista Recordings, Caroline Australia
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download, streaming
1
[33]

Compilation albums

List of compilations, with release date, label, and selected chart positions shown
TitleDetailsPeak chart positions
AUS
[31]
Holiday Food/Everyone Is Good at Something
  • Release: 7 April 2017[A]
  • Label: Ratbag/ Warner (RATBAG012LP)
  • Formats: LP
17

Extended plays

List of EPs, with release date, label, and selected chart positions shown
TitleDetailsPeak chart positions
AUS
[31]
Skegss
3 Songs We Recorded with Adam When We Were in Melbourne
  • Released: February 2015[36]
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download, streaming
50 Push Ups for a Dollar
  • Released: 16 October 2015[37]
  • Label: Ratbag, Warner Music
  • Format: digital download, streaming, LP (2020)[38]
4
Everyone Is Good at Something
  • Released: 15 July 2016[39]
  • Label: Ratbag, Warner Music
  • Formats: CD, digital download
[B]
Holiday Food
  • Released: 7 April 2017[40]
  • Label: Ratbag, Warner Music
  • Formats: CD, digital download, streaming

Footnotes

  1. ^ The EPs Everyone Is Good at Something and Holiday Food were released on vinyl as a compilation on 7 April 2017.[19][40] This was re-released on vinyl as a 12" album (double EP) in November 2020.
  2. ^ Everyone Is Good at Something did not enter the ARIA Top 100 Albums Chart, but peaked at number 4 on the ARIA Hitseekers Albums Chart.

Singles

List of singles, with year released and album shown
TitleYearAlbum
"L.S.D"[41]2014Skegss
"Rock'n'Roll Radio"[42]
"Fun"[43]201550 Push Ups for a Dollar
"Eat It"[44]
"My Face"[45]2016Everyone Is Good at Something
"Mustang"[2]
"Spring Has Sprung"[46]Holiday Food
"Got on My Skateboard"[47]2017
"Up in the Clouds"[48]2018My Own Mess
"Smogged Out"[49]
"Here Comes Your Man"
(Triple J Like a Version)[50]
2019Non-album singles
"Save It for the Weekend"[51]
"Under the Thunder"[52]2020Rehearsal
"Fantasising"[53]
"Wake Up"[54]
"Valhalla"[32]2021
"Bush TV"[55]

Awards

ARIA Music Awards

The ARIA Music Awards is an annual awards ceremony that recognises excellence, innovation, and achievement across all genres of Australian music. Skegss have received one nomination.

YearNominee / workAwardResult
2019My Own MessBest Rock AlbumNominated

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