Skeletons in the Piano was created by Elijah Hargrave on guitar and vocals, and Eric Donovan on the drums in 2007. In 2008, after many different musicians came and left, Jeff Ayers on electric violin and keyboards and Dustin Alexander on bass and vocals joined the band permanently. In June of 2011, Brad Thibodeau became the second guitarist. Influenced by old world music, blues, and rock and roll, their sound is dirty haunted rock. Their fans are growing and are highly devoted, starting to incorporate their own creativity, with live art created and raffled off at shows, grainy silent movies being played and belly dancers joining the band onstage. Skeletons has filled The Putnam Den to over 400 capacity multiple times in their hometown of Saratoga Springs, but have also traveled up and down the east coast. They have played places like the Big Easy in Maine, to The Knitting Factory in NYC, to Cafe Da Vinci Bar in Florida opening up for national acts such as Phantogram, Dax Riggs, The Sword, Fishbone, The Black Angels, Paleface, Black Taxi, Primer 55, The Wombats, and Paranoid Social Club. Skeletons in the Piano is a force that has been playing often, skillfully and delivering their sound, flawlessly for a few years. The fans are rabid, and their shows are naturally captivating as Skeletons in the Piano have created a movement that will continuously haunt you. The band aims to be a touring band and to be playing all over the world by 2013. The band employs two trained belly dancers, and have volunteers that create art live during sets, and will soon be incorporating female backup vocals. Stranger on a Damned Staircase was recorded and released in 2010 with the help of legendary hardcore and punk producer Don Fury. In 2011, for the release of the new EP, "Long Pig", Skeletons in the Piano held a charity event with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting The St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. Skeletons in the Piano was named the Best Rock Band in the Capital Region by the Metroland Magazine Reader's Poll, and picked by the editors as the Best Alt-Rock Band in the Capital Region. “The whole band toes this line of blues/rock and terrifying madness - to create a musical experience you never had before.”
Skeletons sounds like Lyle Lovett thrown down an abandoned well. It’s like Nick Cave if you lured him into the sunshine. It’s a little bit Jeff Buckley, and I’d never say that lightly. Elijah Hargrave’s vocal delivery and acute, keening, totally controlled waver toward the ends of his phrases calls the legend to mind, and so does the the guitars’ presentation. It’s a little bit The Killers. Ok, maybe imagine Jeff’s there, wailing on voice and guitar, in an almost rag-time acid jazz saloon band with half The Killers and some of The Violent Femmes after they sat around listening to Orgy for a couple of days. I’m still not doing this justice. Press play on this band immediately and please share the joy with your friends! - Melissa Walker, Head Publicist of Utica Music Fest [+]
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