As a co-founder of Shinkoyo, Matt Mehlan retains the label’s core ideals of collaboration, experimentation and unpredictability with his Skeletons project. Founded in 2002 while still students at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio, the band has called New York City home since 2005, making an indelible mark on the underground music scene in the city and beyond. In its various incarnations (Skeleton$, Skeletons and the Kings of All Cities, Skeletons & the Girl Faced Boys, Skeletons Big Band), the band has released 6 full length albums, the most recent being “Money”, “Lucas”, and “Git” - released respectively on Tomlab (the former) and Ghostly International (the latter two).
Today, Skeletons is a musical personality. Joined by guitarist Jason McMahon and percussionist Jon Leland, the band can be heard as everything from a duo to a quintet (with Mike Gallope of the band Starring on keyboard and Pete Vogl of Bow Ribbons on bass). In 2009 the band formed Skeletons Big Band – a large ensemble created to explore the orchestral and outer limits of their ideas, with upwards of 18 musicians from Brooklyn’s thriving underground. The first Skeletons Big Band record, “The Bus”, will be released in the coming months. The band has shared stages across North America and Europe with Erykah Badu, Dirty Projectors, Matthew Dear, Marc Ribot, Deerhoof, Arto Lindsay, Animal Collective, Excepter, Prefuse73, TV on the Radio, Wire, Damo Suzuki and Holger Czukay of Can, John Zorn, Man Man, Joan of Arc and many many more.
Also in 2011 is the premiere of a new string quartet on March 27, composed by Matt and commissioned by the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as the forthcoming Nine 11 Thesaurus record (on Social Registry), with beats produced by Matt & Tim Dewit (Gang Gang Dance). Jon and Jason have also been lending their skills to the live bands of both Glasser and Janka Nabay, the Sierra-Leonean refugee and “King of Bubu Music”.
SKELETON$, SKELETON$ BIG BAND, SKELETONS & THE GIRL FACED BOYS, SKELETONS & THE KINGS OF ALL CITIES
Photos by Will Calcutt. http://willcalcutt.com