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Skeletons In The Piano / Press

“Music industry fact: The farther removed you go from inherent musical expectations; the more people start talking. That should usher in a bevy of conversation surrounding Skeletons In The Piano and their commitment to their eclectic approach to their sound. Eerie and psychedelic-tinged, their moniker of “haunted hard rockers” is apt as evidenced on their latest release, Please Don’t Die. The eight-track album highlights the band’s myriad influences ranging from Old World sentiment to Blues and Rock. The musical journey that ensues is edgy, dark and damn exciting.”

“It’s not like it’d be hard to imagine, but let’s say Tim Burton decided to set a film in a creaky 1930′s traveling carnival, and Johnny Depp (naturally) would be be the lead. Probably the big top barker with an opium addiction and a fondness for betting money he doesn’t have on baseball. Well Skeletons in the Piano sound a lot like what the band backing the trapeze acts and lion tamer in this film would sound like. Hypnotic and hellish, smooth and overblown; antiquated and modern all at once, the songs lurch back forth from a demented cabaret to full bore rockers. Shifting in rhythm and feel, nothing ends where it starts, and everything is it’s own dramatic passion play.”

“Perhaps the most apt description I can give Please Don’t Die is it’s a modern distillation of composer Richard Wagner’s self-termed “music dramas.” Fusing musical, poetic and dramatic elements into a sound both original and classical in nature, Skeletons in the Piano may belong to a genre all their own. Please Don’t Die certainly lends itself to the theater of the mind. Like Wagner’s operas, Please Don’t Die should be staged as well as heard.”

“‘Please Don’t Die’ they have shredded all the rule books of what Rock and Roll is supposed to be. Like mad scientists they have gathered parts from many genres and created a colossal monster of a sound unlike anything you’ve heard before that will cast its spell on you.”

“Skeletons sounds like Lyle Lovett thrown down an abandoned well. It’s like Nick Cave if you lured him into the sunshine. It’s a little bit Jeff Buckley, and I’d never say that lightly. Elijah Hargrave’s vocal delivery and acute, keening, totally controlled waver toward the ends of his phrases calls the legend to mind, and so does the the guitars’ presentation. It’s a little bit The Killers. Ok, maybe imagine Jeff’s there, wailing on voice and guitar, in an almost rag-time acid jazz saloon band with half The Killers and some of The Violent Femmes after they sat around listening to Orgy for a couple of days. I’m still not doing this justice. Press play on this band immediately and please share the joy with your friends!”

“#1 Best Local Capital Region Rock Band Metroland Reader's Poll 2011”

“Best Alt-Rock Band Skeletons in the Piano Every performance by Saratoga’s Skeletons in the Piano—who’ve gigged steadily around the region the past year—is more of a happening than just a show, livened up by shimmering onstage belly dancers, grainy silent movie projections and artwork being created in real time. That spirit of vibrant creativity, penchant for ’90s alt, and a swirling blend of dark hippie-hardcore rock, is what sets the Skeletons apart from the rest of the brooding-indie-rock pack. ”

“#3 Best Local Capital Region Indie-Rock Band Metroland Reader's Poll 2011”

“Vocally, Elijah Hargrave was everything I expected. His voice was amazing. He captured the deep thoaty sound of the late Jim Morrison along with the incredible range and style of Ian Gillian.”

Charlie Harrelson - EVO:R Entertainment Online Magazine

“If this band had its own dictionary, the word “limits” wouldn’t be in it. Their live shows attest to this just as much as their songs and future goals.”

““Stranger on a Damned Staircase” by Skeletons in the Piano There’s the old “thinking man’s metal” cliche, and then there’s this Saratoga Springs four-piece’s twisted vision of a second album. The songs go from fist-pumping hard rock one minute, spaced-out keyboard, violin and guitar soundscapes the next, all framed by frontman Elijah Hargrave’s massive vocal presence.”

“This band has broken the cookie cutter machine.”

Ralph Renna - Ralph Renna Enterprises

“In a few short years, the band has achieved enough local success to be considered bona fide Capital Region(NY) celebrities.”

Alyssa Jung - The Saratogian

“(Eli) Hargrave's voice is a mix of a dirty old blues singer and a tortured captive.....The whole band toes this line of blues/rock and terrifying madness...All these factors create a musical experience you have never had before.”

Alex Selby - The Saratoga Scene

“Rock and Roll Circus- Saratoga Springs band Skeletons in the Piano celebrate a communal creative spirit”

Kirsten Ferguson - Metroland Magazine

“A Lighter Shade of Dark-Saratoga's Skeletons in the Piano put the fun back in rock noir”

Kirsten Ferguson - Metroland Magazine

"Anyone with a half a brain that listens to music will love this record(Stranger on a Damned Staircase)."

Don Fury - Don Fury's Mouth

“Best Throwback to 1992-Skeletons in the Piano For a few years in the early-’90s, as Nevermind was breaking grunge to mainstream audiences, it seemed like every type of music that had been popular up until that point crashed into each other. Bands like Alice in Chains and Faith No More brought ’70s doom and ’80s thrash together with pop and psychedelic sensibilities to help birth the term “alternative rock.” Saratoga’s Skeletons in the Piano sound like a product of that time, recalling those bands but also the Melvins and the Doors. Heavy, weird, and way cool.”

Metroland Magazine
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