The Skins, Phony Ppl

The Skins are an infectious Brooklyn-based rock band consisting of siblings Bayli, Reef, and Kaya Mckeithan, along with friends and dueling guitarists Daisy Spencer and Russell Chell. Although they range in ages from 15-21, The Skins play like old pros, offering a soulful interpretation of rock that today’s audiences crave, while proving that age doesn’t matter!

Their self-titled self-released EP received rave reviews creating buzz from countless blogs, radio stations and labels. Their first in-studio music video, recorded by Wreckroom Records (Brainchild of actor Adrian Grenier), received over 10,000 views in its first week on youtube and continues its steady rise each day (

Since forming in 2012, The Skins have played two sold out tours supporting the UK band The Heavy, they blew audiences away at this summer’s Afro Punk festival, and were fan favorites at both the 2013 CMJ and SXSW festivals. The Skins’ licensing work has included the use for the Australian World Open on ESPN and Cinemax, which has licensed the song “Dead Hands” (off of their upcoming album) for an eight-week ad campaign.

The Skins just signed a major label record deal with American Recordings and are currently working on their next release. If you are fortunate enough to catch one of their live performances, get ready to be blown away and save your ticket so you can prove that you saw them before they blew up.

Phony Ppl either crash-landed from the past or the future: critics and fans can’t decide. Since popping up on New York City’s indie radar in 2011, the amorphous band has forged an entirely new sound built on vintage astral funk, colorful world music, and dusted-out hip-hop/R&B. Co-founded by writer/producer Elbee Thrie and keyboardist Aja Grant, the band flipped high school demo recordings into meditative self-released singles like “I Wish I Was A Chair” and “Statues,” and tours with like-minded experimental elders Theophilus London, Erykah Badu and The Roots. Natives of Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, the band has gained a global fanbase of early adopters including BBC6’s Giles Peterson and Tokyo streetwear icon Skatething—not bad for a D.I.Y crew that produced and recorded much of their output from a Nostrand Avenue brownstone. Their latest effort, 2013’s “53,000” was acclaimed by critics, fans and peers like Chance the Rapper and The Internet, and NPR’s George Hahn called it “My favorite album right now… a rich, multi-layered and worthwhile listen.” Currently prepping their proper debut album, the band maintains their youthful, imaginative sound while eyeing more mature production.