Press Release from Solid Gold –
Brooklyn-based SKATERS, by way of Los Angeles, have been taking their newfound home by storm packing venues from the Lower East Side to deep Bushwick, Brooklyn and dropping their debut SCHEMERS EP online for free. It’s with great pleasure they bring fans their debut video for the EP’s title track. Kelsey Bennett, Rémy Bennett, and Monroe Robertson shot and directed the video aiming to create a visual aesthetic comparable to that of a 1980’s acid trip.
In order to accomplish this feel, Kelsey Bennett also SKATERS photographer and art director, recruited friend and artist B. Thom Stevenson. Stevenson, who also does visuals for Marc Jacobs, created animation and paintings in motion used as backdrops to set the scene for a teenage boy’s cerebral stream of fragmented memories and fantasy. With Oedipal undertones the boy turns his mother into the 50 foot woman and the innocent objects of his affection violent.
Model airplanes dropped into frame using a fishing rod and a cityscape made from painted boxes, the making of the video was a collaborative effort between SKATERS and a cast and crew of fellow artists and friends who were determined to see each others visions fulfilled.
Formed in late 2011 after Singer Michael Cummings and Noah Rubin (The Dead Trees, Adam Green, Little Joy) spent a year trading demos back and forth from Los Angeles to London with Guitarist Joshua Hubbard (The Paddingtons, Dirty Pretty Things). The three met in the middle to record an EP in a Manhattan loft, and never left the city. The result is a smart, dynamic punk record drawing inspiration from obscure genres and cultures. And, a live band featuring a rotating cast of young energetic musicians and veterans of the Boston and NYC music scenes.
SKATERS emerged onto the Lower Manhattan scene in the beginning of 2012, playing their brand of eclectic and dynamic punk music to consistently packed venues and parties. Their Debut EP, Schemers, is inspired by NYC music and art from all decades. The band consists of Michael Ian Cummings, Josh Hubbard and Noah Rubin, but also includes artists Kelsey Bennett and Brian Stevenson as permanent contributing members of the team. They expect to release another EP, more videos, and published art by fall, 2012.