Skrape

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Skrape
Origin Orlando, Florida, U.S.
Genres Nu metal,[1] alternative metal,[1] hard rock[2][3]
Years active 1997–2004
Labels RCA Records
Associated acts Dark New Day, Evanescence, Dope, Audiotopsy
Past members Mike Lynchard
Billy Keeton
Brian Milner
Randy Melser
Pete Sison
Will Hunt

Skrape was an American metal band from Orlando, Florida which was active from 1997 to 2004.[4][1]

History[edit]

Formed in 1997 under the name "Jojo", they later renamed to "Skrape" two years later. Prior to their formation in 1997, members had been involved in notable acts such as Stuck Mojo and Genitorturers.[5]

The band managed to quickly build up a sizeable following in their local area, despite rarely playing live shows.[5] After shopping around a 7 song demo to various labels, they eventually signed to RCA Records in 1999.[5][6] Skrape were noted for being one of the only major label metal acts from Orlando, an area known at the time for teen pop artists such as Backstreet Boys and NSYNC. Guitarist/keyboardist Brian Milner recalled "We go to play somewhere in Michigan and people come up to us and say, `Orlando? That's the home of the Backstreet Boys and Disney! It doesn't really have anything to do with what we do."[7] Their 2001 debut New Killer America (produced by Ulrich Wild) spawned two singles in "Waste" and "Isolated". Tours with popular metal bands such as Pantera, Slayer and Morbid Angel saw the album sell in excess of 100,000 copies in the US, a relatively low number for a major label group at the time. The album experienced more success in Japan, where it was the twelfth highest selling album of 2001.[8]

Their second album Up the Dose was released in 2004 with little support from their label, who had recently been taken over by J Records. Beforehand, the band toured with Soil, Static-X, and Twisted Method. The album had been finished since mid-2003, and the band was set to release "Summer Song" as a single, but the album was pushed back several times, eventually being released in January. Faced with the prospect of releasing a single entitled "Summer Song" in January, they changed the name of the song to "Stand Up (Summer Song)". A couple of months after Up the Dose's release, the band was dropped from the label. Drummer Will Hunt explained "The reason we're gone, along with Hotwire and Eve 6, is because we all shared the same A&R guy, Brian Malouf, who was let go by the label a few days prior to the bands. I'd like to throw out a big, BIG fuck you to the fucking cowards at J (for joke) Records for taking over RCA and not allowing them to promote our band correctly. I'd like to also say to [J Records president] Clive Davis that I've got a nice big hot bowl of dicks for you to eat on when you've got the time. I'd like to thank you personally for killing rock and roll and watering down the music industry with pop trappings and watered-down retro rock."[9] He also hinted at possible future activities with Skrape, but nothing has happened other than a reunion gig in 2005 opening for Dark New Day. They are now disbanded.

In 2004, Hunt became a member of the supergroup Dark New Day, and then later Evanescence. Guitarist Brian Milner went on to join Dope as their bassist. Billy Keeton has continued to pursue his musical career with various projects, such as the short-lived Blessed in Black (featuring former members of Nothingface). Keeton also has contributed vocals for local Florida cover band Money Shot when not working with former members of Primer 55 Bobby Burns (Soulfly) and Kobie Jackson. Formerly titled Paris is Burning, the three have named the project King Street. Keeton currently is vocalist for Audiotopsy, which features bassist Perry Stern as well as drummer Matthew McDonough & guitarist Greg Tribbett of Mudvayne.

Pete Sison was also in Moneyshot with Keeton for a short period until Slaughter offered Sison a position as a backup bassist for Dana Strum. Sison is also involved with Kentucky rockers Bleeding Black and Waking Season, and continues to write with Billy Keeton in a side project called HoneyHole.

Musical style and influences[edit]

Skrape's sound garnered comparisons to other alternative metal acts such as Deftones and Alice in Chains.[8] Regarding their style and attitude to music, Brian Milner stated in 2001 "Our music is aggressive, but in general we have a good time playing it and we don’t walk around being depressed all the time. We just do what we do. We play rock ‘n’ roll. There’s a new generation of kids, the whole depressing Pearl Jam era is over."[5] AllMusic praised the band's "bright and intelligent approach to hard rock" on New Killer America.[2] The website lists their influences as being Iron Maiden, Kiss, Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne and Pantera.[1] Vocalist Billy Keeton has mentioned some of his musical inspirations as being Frank Sinatra, Ronnie James Dio, Queens of the Stone Age and Godflesh.[4][10]

Members[edit]

  • Billy Keeton – lead vocals (founding member)
  • Brian "Brix" Milner – guitar, keyboard, turntables, backing vocals (founding member)
  • Pete Sison – bass (founding member)
  • Will Hunt – drums, backing vocals (founding member)
  • Mike Lynchard – guitar (founding member)
  • Randy Melser – guitar (Lynchard's replacement on Up the Dose)

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Album information
New Killer America
Up the Dose

Singles[edit]

Year Song U.S. Modern Rock U.S. Mainstream Rock Album
2001 "Isolated" - 35 New Killer America
"Waste" - 29
2004 "Stand Up (Summer Song)" - 34 Up the Dose

Videography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Prato, Greg. "Skrape – Artist Biography". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved February 13, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b http://www.allmusic.com/album/new-killer-america-mw0000117742
  3. ^ "Skrape doesn't scream originality - The Lantern". thelantern.com. Retrieved 1 September 2017. 
  4. ^ a b http://www.rocknetwebzine.com/archives/keeton.html
  5. ^ a b c d "Skrape scratches its way onto the charts - Pause & Play CD and Music Site". 29 April 2001. Retrieved 1 September 2017. 
  6. ^ bombswabs (3 February 2015). "Skrape Demo Playing As: JoJo Circa 1999". Retrieved 1 September 2017 – via YouTube. 
  7. ^ "Skrape-ing Off Bubble Gum". Retrieved 1 September 2017. 
  8. ^ a b Records, RCA. "SKRAPE Return With Potent Sophomore Album 'Up The Dose' on September 23". www.prnewswire.com. Retrieved 1 September 2017. 
  9. ^ "SKRAPE Drummer Confirms Split With RCA, Announces Formation Of New Project". 14 March 2004. Retrieved 1 September 2017. 
  10. ^ Brobarian. "Metal-Temple.com :: Billy Keeton (Audiotopsy) (Interview)". www.metal-temple.com. Retrieved 1 September 2017. 

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