Antiskeptic

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Antiskeptic
Antiskeptic Live At The Bridge 2008.jpg
Antiskeptic performing live in 2008
Background information
Origin Melbourne, Australia
Genres Rock
Years active 1999–2008, 2011–present
Labels Toupee / 88 (2000–2004)
El Shaddai Records (2009–present)
Associated acts House Vs. Hurricane, City Escape, Sunsetsallday, Ridley
Website antiskeptic.com.au
Members Andrew Kitchen
Nick Coppin
Jarrod Salton
Tavis Wardlaw
Past members Sean Daly
Shane O'Keeffe
Corey Sleap
Ryan Mclerie

Antiskeptic is a rock band based in Melbourne, Australia. The band has enjoyed over 10 years of successful touring nationally, releasing two full length albums, three EPs and two DVDs. The band have toured with many successful groups, including Midnight Oil, Jimmy Eat World, Unwritten Law, Millencolin, MxPx, Jebediah, Bodyjar and Dashboard Confessional.[1] Antiskeptic are known for their energetic live shows and powerful performances as much as the uplifting and encouraging lyrical content of their songs.

History[edit]

Early Years & Memoirs of a Common Man 1999-2003[edit]

Formed in Melbourne in 1999, the band was originally only a side project for guitarist/singer Andrew Kitchen and bassist/singer Sean Daly who were at the time performing in another band name 'Dispersia', which later broke up and gave way to Antiskeptic. Initially named 'TSP' – an acronym for 'the side project' – Andrew Kitchen came up with the band's name whilst treating an infected ear piercing; Andrew misread the label on a bottle of antiseptic and suggested it to the other members. Shortly after, Nick Coppin became the band's drummer and the trio began to write material and play live shows. The band issued a self-titled EP in 2000 and complemented the release with a low-budget video clip for the track 60% Intentional, which was featured on Australian music video program Rage. The success of the EP and 60% Intentional saw the band begin touring outside of Melbourne for the first time, and scored festival slots at the Black Stump Music and Arts Festival in New South Wales and Forest Edge Music Festival in Victoria.

In 2001, the band released a second EP, Change My Ways which featured two forthcoming tracks from the debut album that was still being recorded by Producer David Carr. The EP also featured 3 previous un-released songs and a short video clip of interviews and liver performances. In June 2002, Antiskeptic finally released their debut album. Titled Memoirs of a Common Man, the album propelled the band to new heights. Lead single Called featured on high rotation on national radio stations Triple J and Triple M, with the track and video clip also featuring on Triple J's famous Hottest 100 compilation (CD and DVD, Volume 10) after being voted number 92 in Triple J's Hottest 100 for 2002.[2] The success of Called also lent itself to more festival dates, including the M-One Rock Festival with Nickelback, Midnight Oil and the Goo Goo Dolls and the Homebake festival with Gerling, Jet, Pnau and others.[3]

Aurora 2003-2005[edit]

In 2003, Daly made the decision to leave the band and pursue other interests. He toured and recorded with his side project, sunsetsallday and also married his partner.[4] He was replaced by Shane O'Keeffe, who contributed bass on Nothing to Say, the lead single from the band's sophomore album, Aurora. However, the then 18-year-old decided that the pressures of moving from Queensland to Melbourne were too great, and he made the decision to leave. This left the band without a bass player for the remainder of the "Aurora" recording sessions and the planned national tour to promote the new album. Daly and album producer David Carr recorded the remaining bass tracks and friend Corey Sleap was able to fill in for the tour while they continued to search for a full-time replacement. Despite the set-backs, lead single Nothing to Say featured on Australian radio, the music video also ran on national programs such as Rage and Channel V. As the band went on a national tour to support the album, Clear to Pass was issued as a free single available through the band's website, complete with artwork. The single achieved some modest radio play, being picked up by Triple M and Sydney independent station FBI.[5]

At the beginning of 2004, it was announced that Daly had rejoined the band after temporarily filling in for the band in December 2003. On returning the band, Daly described the reunion as follows: "The band was in a position when they were trying out some bass players and they were in a spot with some shows. They contacted me and asked if I’d come back as a fill in, which I was thrilled to do because I’d had a break and was feeling great about it. After one show they said we’ve got these other shows booked, how would you feel about filling in for those. Then those three shows became five and it became a case of why don’t I just stay.” [4] The reunited trio released a single and music video for Beautiful In White and followed up with re-recorded version of the Aurora track More Than Kind on vinyl, complete with new vocals by Daly. While the band had reunited, Coppin moved to Brisbane, but remained a full member of Antiskeptic.[4]

In March and April 2004, Antiskeptic headlined the Renegade Festival which toured Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. Others on the bill included I Killed The Prom Queen and After the Fall.[6] The band also played the Gold Coast's Festival of Beers, Push Over Festival in Melbourne and the Cosmonautical Festival in Perth during the same period.[6]

In September 2005, Antiskeptic played at Youth Alive 2005 in the Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne. The concert was filmed, and would later be released on the DVD accompanying Monuments.

Monuments and split 2006-2008[edit]

Following the release and tours for the last of the Aurora singles, the band re-entered the studio to record the EP/DVD release Monuments. The recording was originally supposed to be an album, but the band became concerned that the new studio sessions were too similar to that of the previous album; “we had predominantly focused ourselves on writing another album...but we found that the more and more we tried, the more and more we came up with, it was just sounding like Aurora part two. So we put ourselves to the task of writing something really different and that takes time," stated Daly.[4] The result was a 4 track EP that was cut down from 13 demos which showcased a brand-new musical direction for the band, with the group exploring more hard rock and progressive territory.[4] The band supported Dashboard Confessional on their Australian tour, before conducting their own national tour in support of the release.[7]

The band appeared on Rove Live on 19 September 2006 as the show's house band.

In March 2008 at the Easterfest music festival, the band made a statement during their performance that the band was finishing up as of September 2008. Recalling the decision to call it quits, drummer Coppin elaborated that "when we finished up in 2008, priorities had shifted in the band and we were unable to continue doing it in a way that was respectful to all members."[8] Their 'Goodbye Goodnight tour' was to be their final tour, with only one Adelaide show, one Sydney show and two Melbourne shows, the last of which was on the 20th of September 2008 to a sold out home crowd at the Hi-Fi Bar. In celebration of their career, they recorded one final single entitled "I'll Follow", which was available for free download on their MySpace, and released a DVD called "Memoirs of a Common Band", which is essentially an overview of their career. The final live performance was recorded and filmed. The concert audio was made available to the audience immediately after the performance on the band's final CD release titled 'Goodbye Goodnight - Live at the Hi-Fi’. A full-length CD/DVD of the performance with enhanced audio and features was released in 2011 through El Shaddai Records.

Reunion, Reformation and 3rd Studio Album 2011–Present[edit]

In March 2011 it was announced via the band's Facebook page that its members would reunite for a special one-off performance at Melbourne's iconic punk/metal venue The Arthouse to commemorate its closing. Tickets for the show sold out in minutes and the band was joined by fellow Melbourne rock trio Horsell Common. The band played a brand new song titled ‘The Kids Aren’t Scared' and was also the first time people could purchase the full length CD/DVD 'Goodbye Goodnight - Live at the Hi-Fi 2008'. Following the show, Kitchen and Coppin decided they wished to continue on following the success of the Arthouse show. Following a series of discussions, Coppin and Kitchen decided to re-form the band permanently, without Daly; "We got some feedback that Antiskeptic was the chemistry that we all had, but Nick and I were keen to proceed," recalled Kitchen in a 2012 interview. "We all talked about it. A few days after we made that decision, Nick and I walked in on a new frontier. We had gigs booked, and with only two active members. A day or two later, one Bodyjar show was confirmed and we knew we made the right decision from then on."[1] Coppin also expanded on the reasons for the band's reunion and why they would reunite without Daly in a 2012 interview; "weʼd had discussions about doing Antiskeptic again after The Arthouse show, but it was clear that he (bassist Sean Daly) was not on the same page as Andrew and I. This was the reason why things had finished in the first place, so after having had three years to think about the dissolution of the band – there was no way I was going to allow myself to be put back into that position of limitation and constriction. With all due respect to Sean, I now feel that we can lift off the park brake in the car and move on and dream again."[8]

In early November 2011 the band's complete reunion was formally announced, with the addition of new members Tavis Wardlaw of No Love For Lexi and Ryan Mclerie of House Vs. Hurricane. At this time, Antiskeptic announced a reunion tour of Australia; combining club shows with festivals, including headlining performances at Easterfest in Toowoomba (Queensland) with P.O.D., Rapture Ruckus and Mercyme in April 2012, and Victoria's Forest Edge Music Festival with Ivoryline in March 2012. The remainder of the dates will include shows at traditional live venues in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.[1] The band also played a one-off show with its contemporaries Bodyjar and One Dollar Short on the 31st of March in Melbourne, to celebrate the limited edition release of Bodyjar's landmark album No Touch Red on vinyl[9]

When queried on the future of the band, Coppin stated in January 2012 that it was open-ended; "the plan for Antiskeptic is to have fun. We are now in a position where we are open to anything. We have four dudes in a band that are passionate about playing music and performing for people and that is feeling really exciting and invigorating. We want to continue to tour, we want to record and we want to have a blast doing it!"[8]

In late March 2012 Kitchen announced via the band's Pozible webpage that the quartet would head into the studio to record an album which would be released in 2013.[10] The band will be tracking the majority of the album in Kitchen's studio and are having it mixed and produced by Forrester Savell (Karnivool, Dead Letter Circus, Cog).[10]

Antiskeptic performed at the Black Stump festival in September/October,[11] and was part of Newcastle's 2-day CityFest lineup in November with Evermore, New Empire and Stan Walker.[12]

Antiskeptic announced in February 2013 that Ryan Mclerie had left the band due to commitments to House vs Hurricane. He was replaced by Jarrod Salton of City Escape. The band played with MxPx on the Adelaide leg of their national tour in early March, before making a second appearance in as many years at the Forest Edge Music Festival, also with MxPx. The band began recording the new album in May.

Members[edit]

Current[edit]

  • Andrew Ridley Kitchen – Vocals and Guitar (1999–present)
  • Nick Coppin – Drums (1999–present)
  • Jarrod Salton – Guitar and vocals (2013–present)
  • Tavis Wardlaw – Bass Guitar and vocals (2011–present)

Former[edit]

  • Sean Daly – Bass Guitar and vocals (1999–2003, 2003–2008, one-off show in 2011)
  • Shane O'Keeffe – Bass guitar (2003)
  • Corey Sleap – Bass guitar (2003)
  • Ryan Mclerie – Guitar and vocals (2011–2012)

Discography[edit]

Albums & EPs[edit]

Year Title Release Type Label
2000 Antiskeptic Extended Play Independent
2001 Change My Ways Extended Play Toupee / 88 Records
2002 Memoirs of a Common Man Studio Album Toupee / 88 Records
2003 Aurora Studio Album Toupee / 88 Records
2005 Live EP Live Album Independent
2006 Monuments Extended Play Communique
2008 Goodbye Goodnight - Live at the Hi-Fi Live Album Hi-Fi Live/Salt Studios

DVDs[edit]

Late in their career, Antiskeptic released a number of DVDs. The first was packaged with the EP Monuments and contained studio footage, as well as a selection of videos from the band's performance at Rod Laver Arena. Memoirs of a Common Band was released prior to the beginning of the Goodbye, Goodnight tour and features extensive footage of the band throughout their first 10 years, including interviews, performance videos, live clips and sundry. Goodbye, Goodnight - Live at the Hi Fi captures the band's 2008 performance in Melbourne, at the time believed to be the band's final show. Unlike earlier releases, this DVD features the entire concert. The special features of Goodbye, Goodnight include Memoirs of a Common Band in its entirety.

Year Title Content Label
2006 Monuments Documentary/Live Communique
2008 Memoirs of a Common Band Documentary/Live Pezwa Films
2011 Goodbye Goodnight - Live at the Hi-Fi 2008 Live (Pezwa Films / El Shaddai Records)

Singles[edit]

Year Title Album Label
2002 Called Memoirs of a Common Man Toupee / 88 Records
2002 Four Seasons Memoirs of a Common Man Toupee / 88 Records
2003 Nothing to Say Aurora Toupee Records
2003 Clear to Pass (digital only) Aurora Toupee / 88 Records
2004 Beautiful in White Aurora Toupee Records
2004 More Than Kind (vinyl only) Aurora Independent
2008 I'll Follow (digital only) Goodbye Goodnight — Live at the Hi-Fi Independent

Video Clips[edit]

A number of video clips have been commissioned for Antiskeptic to promote singles/releases. The following is a list of official promotional videos.

Year Title Album Notes
2000 60% Intentional Antiskeptic (EP) The '60% Intentional' clip was a school project for a film production student and friend of the band. Shot over two days, one half on the streets of Box Hill in Melbourne and the other half in-studio at Box Hill TAFE. The clip was submitted to the ABC for viewing on RAGE and received several screenings which very fortunately coincided with spotplay on triple J. The band quickly gained attention from indie labels, radio and industry professionals whilst touring on the back of this unplanned national exposure.
2002 Called Memoirs of a Common Man When Antiskeptic produced the clip for 'Called' it was to coincide with generous national airplay which the song had picked up and due to favourable attention from TRIPLE J, was included on the first TRIPLE J Hottest 100 DVD. Filmed in an underground carpark in St Kilda, Melbourne between the hours of 9pm-3am one Friday night the clip was put together on a meager budget of only $3000. It was also available on the CD single 'Four Seasons' as a CD-ROM component and on various give away/compilation CDs including Coke's M-One festival sampler.
2002 Four Seasons Memoirs of a Common Man 'Four Seasons' was put together on an even smaller budget and shot in an upstairs graphic design/ photography suite in the Melbourne CBD. It featured images of Australian soldiers from the Vietnam War about whom the song is written. This clip also received a generous amount of screen time with support from 'Fly TV,' a music focused youth program on Saturday mornings on ABC.
2003 Nothing to Say Aurora Another performance clip set in a warehouse capturing the energy and attitude of the aggressive and anthemic track. This video of the band shows Antiskeptic's second bass player Shane O'Keefe who performed in the band at the time of the single's release. The clip received airplay on both Channel V and ABC programs during the 2 month national tour that followed its release.
2004 Beautiful in White Aurora Written and directed by Andrew Kitchen, this very clever and entertaining clip was shot over several days and locations in Melbourne during the summer of 2005. None of the members actually saw each other on the day of their filming because the camera follows the accidental travels of a soccer ball as it encounters the band members in different places.
2006 Dancing on the Inside Monuments By far the most visually impressive clip produced by the band to-date, the clip was filmed over 36 hours of straight shooting, not including the digital post production and special effects. Initial production began at various locations across Brisbane for the story/narrative element while the after dusk/performance filming was done at an unused correctional facility in Wacol, Brisbane. The clip was aired on RAGE, Channel V and received generous attention through the bands MySpace and YouTube sites.

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