w/ Yot Club
In the six years since their inception, Skegss (singer/guitarist Ben Reed, bassist/guitarist/vocalist Toby Cregan, and drummer Jonny Lani) emerged from their laid-back, Australian small town roots as unlikely anti-heroes of the country’s vibrant rock scene. Their riotous releases have sparked circle pits and stage dives all over—from dingy pubs and skate parks, to 20K capacity festival stages—and led the three lads on countless world tours. They’ve even topped the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) singles charts numerous times and, more recently, their debut LP My Own Mess reached number two on the album charts and earned an ARIA Award nomination for ‘Best Rock Album.’ Australia's coastal sensation never lost their underdog flair despite their achievements, and it's that same spirit that defines their second studio album, Rehearsal—a 13-track thrill ride through modern disillusioned youth.
Released late March 2021 via Loma Vista Recordings Rehearsal debuted at #1 on Australia’s ARIA Album and Vinyl sales chart with first week sales and was the triple j feature record. In addition- Rehearsal earned the trio of Toby, Ben Reed (vocals, guitar), and Jonny Lani (drums) their first cover story at NME Australia, while its singles collectively earned early praise and support from Consequence, DIY, Rolling Stone Australia ('Song You Need to Know') and had 2 tracks place in the triple j Hottest 100 voted singles of the year. ('Under the Thunder' (#27) and 'Fantasising' (#66))
Rehearsal was recorded at The Grove Studios with Grammy-award winning producer Catherine Marks (Foals, Wolf Alice), who added a veteran's finesse and expanded upon the rustic charm of demos the band tracked at The Music Farm using vintage gear from the ‘60s and ‘70s. From Reed's self-made lyrical philosophies inspired by his favorite stand-up comedians to Toby Cregan's reflections on life and his dog, Rehearsal is the most candid and electrifying snapshot we've seen of Skegss yet.
Ryan Kaiser, who creates music as Yot Club, catapulted from making Soundcloud demos in the corner of his bedroom in small town Mississippi to a viral sensation with major labels knocking down the door. It’s the dream-scheme every young American musician is sold: get that one hit song, get noticed, and ascend to fame and riches.
But Kaiser wasn’t overjoyed; he was overwhelmed. His song “YKWIM?” had racked up hundreds of millions of streams on Spotify, but he was still in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where he had just finished college and was running out his lease. Without school to occupy his time, Kaiser devoted full attention to music, while friendly A&Rs were offering him luxe deals based off of one track’s social media traction.
Kaiser didn’t buy it. He broke out of his lease and moved to Nashville, where he rented an apartment with room for his minimal home studio setup. He signed with independent label and digital distribution service Amuse, which lets artists keep 100% ownership rights over their work. And he got back to making music.
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