Sunday, May 6, 2012

CD Review: Matt Skiba and The Sekrets-Babylon

Available May 8th, 2012

(Superball Music)

A trooper, a vagabond, a minstrel and an artist - over the course of fifteen years and eight full-length albums as the lead singer/songwriter for Chicago’s Alkaline Trio, Matt Skiba has been all of these things. Touring the world, heart on sleeve, Skiba has consistently penned some of the great dark pop anthems of the past decade.

This album is an addition to the many pop/punk bands that have generated a massive following like two of the players on this album. From AFI Hunter Burgan & Jarrod Alexander from My Chemical Romance play their respective parts in what should be a good seller for this very pop record. Skiba  says "It was great to have Hunter and Jarrod come in and play. They are both great musicians and it was a thrill to play with them. Everyone involved in the album breathed life into the ideas, making them songs and giving those songs a foundation that couldn't be stronger or more inspired."

For me this breathes little excitement at my end as this sounds very similar to the aforementioned bands and many like them.
Although I did like this song, this was the strongest song on the album.

I have never cared for this type of music, however I did give it a listen and this was just not for me.
His dress he wears in the image above reminds me of Adam Ant.
Not merely a studio experiment, Matt Skiba and the Sekrets will be touring extensively behind Babylon. The shows are sure to be equal parts intimate and explosive, with Skiba performing the entire album along with a few unexpected surprises. “I can’t wait to play these songs live. It’s always exciting to try new stuff out, and to do it with an all new band – who knows who’ll be coming along for the ride when we do this live – is going to be great.”

Tour Dates:

JUN 07 Metro Chicago, IL
JUN 08 Grog Shop Cleveland, OH
JUN 09 Theatre of the Living Arts Philadelphia, PA
JUN 10 Black Cat Washington, DC
JUN 12 Middle East Restaurant & Nightclub Cambridge, MA
JUN 13 The Bell House Brooklyn, NY

I thank you for reading this
Written by
Anthony Nadeau

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