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: Michael Kerosene on vocals, Chris Thomas on Bass, Amy Griego on Keyboards, and Joseph Medina and Ruben Beltran on guitars.
Skyway View’s newest album, The Victoria Trap (2015), is now available on Spotify, iTunes, and Amazon.