Opening with single Anxious?, the EP begins with a powerful blast of distorted riffs and pounding drums akin to the jagged indie sound of the Pixies. Counterposed, tracks like Loosen Up and Tiffany are more tranquil and introspect with layered melodies and warm vocals drawing influence from artists like Nick Mulvey. Throughout the EP, GILLBANKS’ skilled musicianship and entitled passion are clearly evident and exemplary within these five tracks.
Lend Me Your Skin is a coming of age record about identity and self-acceptance. With lyrics like ‘over-tired and underworked, it’s always on my mind, I’m just trying to be a man’ it’s not difficult to see where in his life Sam started writing music. He quickly found a release for his creative ideas and frustration to form Lend Me Your Skin as an EP that is both ferocious and beautiful, whilst also maintaining lyrical depth.
Originally from Falmouth, GILLBANKS now resides in London where he continues to play the London circuit on a regular basis with live band members Hugo Heaverman (drums), Henry Nicholson (guitar, vocals) and Joe Morris(bass), including these upcoming dates.
5th Nov – Our Black Heart – Camden w/ SAHARA + Slow Readers Club
20th Nov – Urban Bar – Whitechapel
27th Nov – Four Quarters – Peckham Rye – EP Release Party
11th Dec – The Sebright Arms, Bethnal Green
Lend me Your Skin is out on November 27th 2015 via Tusk Records.