THE SKIRR are a lively, guitar-led indie-rock and garage-pop band from Stoke on Trent. Formed in 2012, the quartet is comprised of Chris Whyte (guitar, vocals), Gus Nicol (guitar, vocals), Stewart Robertson (bass, backing vocals), and Matt Green (drums).
The Skirr have a talent for writing melodic pop-rock and punk tunes with catchy lyrics, vocal harmonies, and memorable guitar riffs. With Chris Whyte and Gus Nicol sharing the lead vocal duties, they have an arsenal of talent and skill at their disposal.
Chris Whyte said, “Having four songwriters in the band and a variety of different influences means our music is entertaining and unpredictable. Our show starts off with Weezer, then transforms into Mumford & Sons and then ends with The Beatles, but all songs are still very much The Skirr.”
The Skirr have made a small but significant impact on the local live scene in the Midlands. They have performed at numerous venues including The Sunflower Lounge, The Victoria, The Flapper and The Actress and Bishop in Birmingham. In June 2013, the band played their first headline gig to an audience of 200+ at The Slade Rooms in Wolverhampton supported by Luke Wylde and the Japes.
The band regularly take part in charity events such as Oxjam Lichfield and BandAge for Birmingham Children’s Hospital. They have also entered a number of battle of the band events including Kerrang! Radio’s Battle of the Musicians 2012 in Hednesford. The Skirr were awarded the top prize at Battle of the Bands events at Staffordshire University in 2012 and at The Rigger in Stoke-on-Trent in 2014.
The Skirr took some time off in 2014 when their drummer Andy Walker announced he was leaving the band. He was replaced late in 2014 by Matt Green. In early 2015 bassist Rick Davies also left the band to be replaced by Stewart Robertson which completes the current line-up of The Skirr.
Chris Whyte said, “Losing Rick and Andy was absolutely gutting. It felt like we had built up momentum to have someone pull the emergency brake and stop us in our tracks!” Gus Nicol added, “But now we’re back and we’re stronger than ever! Matt and Stewart have brought some great ideas and new energy to the band. It’s really exciting!”
New drummer Matt Green added, “I’m really enjoying how strong our live show is. We have a solid mix of pop, rock, punk, and slower songs as well. Chris, Stewart and Gus really have a great ear for vocal harmonies so our pop songs are great. We don’t just do pop though. We also know how to crank up the overdrive and rock out too!”
The Skirr released their debut single – ‘Steal The Sun’ – in 2013 and have received airplay on BBC WM Introducing as well as a number of local and internet radio stations. Steal The Sun will feature on the band’s upcoming EP ‘Bolt from the Blue’ due for release in 2015. The single and EP was produced by Richard Wood and recorded at The Old Smithy (Robert Plant, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest).
In 2015 the band have already performed in Birmingham for Bandage supporting Birmingham’s Children’s Hospital and The Flapper in May. Summer 2015 sees the band playing the Vintage & Country Festival in Lichfield in June and Dovefest near Uttoxeter in August.
Phone: 07538 928518 (Chris)
The Skirr’s tracks