Full of clean electric guitars, driving drums, and emotional vocal harmonies, Skip Curtis’s debut single “Messed Up” plays like something that might have come from The Cure’s catalog or a later Anberlin album. A self-described “selfish love song” about internal struggle and degradation, Curtis writes with heart-on-sleeve, grunge- and punk-hued self-introspection that gives “Messed Up” a familiar, relatable tone. Curtis’s clean guitars and reverberated lead vocals paint the picture of a lone rocker bearing his soul in an empty hall, with the eventual addition of a full band elevating the emotional grab to new heights. Complete with a satisfying dynamic build, the always-welcomed guitar solo, and polyphonic vocal melodies, “Messed Up” is a can’t-miss rock ballad.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Growing up in the South Wales Valley’s, Skip found ideological escapism in writing music. He adopted the Welsh poet David Hughes’ famous riposte ‘Ambition is Critical’ as a mantra to create music.
Skip’s ambition was to originally write songs for other people, which circumstantially led to him becoming one third of Welsh haze-pop band XY&O. Wisely deciding to use his own unique vocal range to bring the songs to life. Skip has continued to develop his song writing skills both in a band and as a solo performer.
Having already performed at Glastonbury with XY&O, Skip is now building his own solo project.
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