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San Jose indie rockers Skyway View make epic and moody ambient rock with passionate vocals and soaring guitars.
Skyway View has a big sound, fusing elements of rock, powerfully soulful vocals, and the occasional jazzy or Latin flourish. Drawing from a wide-range of influences – including Stone Temple Pilots, A Perfect Circle, Radiohead, Dredg, Santana, Deftones, Coldplay, Bjork, Smashing pumpkins, and others – Skyway View pulls these disparate elements together to make something all their own.
What is now Skyway View owes its genesis to guitarist Ruben Beltran who has been playing in various bands and gigs in San Jose and Salinas since the mid-1990s. With roots dating back to 2007, the band has evolved over the years, getting a new name, weathering a roster change that swapped out many of the band’s members. But phoenix-like, something really promising has emerged from flames with the band’s new lineup: Jorge Ramirez on vocals, Salvador Mena Jr. on Bass, Ezequiel Martinez on Keyboards, Dave Gary Jr. on Drums, and Joseph Medina and Ruben Beltran on guitars.
Skyway View’s new album Under the Digital Sky (available online at Amazon and iTunes, and locally at Rasputin, Streetlight and Ameoba record shops) is technically a sophomore offering following the 2009 debut Vanity Unveil Me. But since the new album boasts a new vocalist, bassist and drummer, it is more like a re-boot – and a promising one at that.
The songs on Under the Digital Sky pack a lot of emotional power, both musically and lyrically. They are currently working on their 3rd record "The Good and The Beautiful" Coming in the Spring of 2014. To hear more Skyway View, check them out on Facebook or Reverbnation.