We sat down with the three boys from Skegss to talk about the band, life in the Bay, beers and ‘fried chicken’ before they launched their EP at our Byron brewery last Friday.
To give you a bit of a back story, the three boys Benny, Johnny and Tobes are from small coastal towns and for the past couple of years have been living the good life in Byron. Tobes balances the Skegss and makes pretty radical surf films, Johnny continues on the path of being a legend in between Byron and Forster and Benny’s making art amongst surfing and other ventures.
Just over a year ago lead singer Benny worked at Stone & Wood, charging around the brewery on the forklift, racking kegs, working on our bottling line, feeding the crew donuts and helping out the brewers…Now he’s standing on our pallet-stage playing rock ‘n’ roll…
It’s not just any kind of rock ‘n’ roll though. The boys have labeled their band as ‘the worst band ever’ to remove expectations ‘in general and technically’ yet they’ve managed to capture the minds, hearts and dancing bodies of salty haired frothers right up and down the East coast (and beyond). If the band’s ‘a joke’, their music speaks incredibly well to the youth of today… The trio might think ‘that it’s getting funnier’ but perhaps they’re just too humble to realise they’re driving a mini ‘Skegss’ movement.
Recently back from a successful trip in the US, they’ve hit the ground running in OZ… As a late announcement to the Splendour in the Grass line-up, they then signed with Ratbag Records and began cruising up and down the coast playing in a number of small towns, ‘mini-big festivals’ like Sounds of the Suburbs whilst also finalising ‘50 Push Up’s For a Dollar’ their first E.P. It’s looking better than ever for this group of new age ‘90’s punk anti homies but rap loving’ Skegss.
What does Skegss mean?
They reckon everyone asks so if your interested, check out one of their Youtube interviews.
Where will they be in ten years?
Tobes mentioned he might be dead (you’d hope not)… Johnny will still be playing the drums, taking it easy and living in a small coastal town. Benny according to the others will be playing in a ‘super hot’ band but he confides he might be working back at Stone & Wood or living the simple life in home-town Forster. They all agreed though that they’ll be having fun, hopefully playing music with the addition of a couple of kilos from enjoying a beer or two.
Where’s there favourite place to have a beer?
In the Lillipilli district of Byron on Tobes’ balcony ‘where the magic happens’, at The Rails in town or anywhere because they all share a love for beers…
So cheers to these three legends and thanks for having a beer with us! Their advice…Keep ‘doing what you do’ and having fun even if the rest of the world starts to take you seriously.
*A bunch of photos from the launch all thanks to Life Without Andy…