The SKYS: New Album 01/05 Former Green Lemon Guitarist


Former Green Lemon guitarist Wayne Allen will unveil his new musical project this fall with the debut full length album from his new band, the SKYS, entitled Small Dreams in an Elevator. The disc is due for release on Allen's own imprint label, LTC Records, on January 5, 2010.

Allen, who spent the better part of the last decade fronting the Midwest touring sensation, Green Lemon, has been hard at work recording the new album at Chillhouse Studios in Boston, MA. The album is being co-produced by Will Bradford (SeepeopleS, Freepeoples Frequency) and Will Holland, best known for his work with the Pixies and Dead Can Dance. Most importantly, Small Dreams in an Elevator represents a new evolution in Allen's songwriting and a refinement of the sound he has spent the last few years developing. With one foot in the door of traditional anthem-like rock melodies, and the other foot wildly kicking out into an entire universe of original sound-scaping and electronica, the SKYS is a band to keep an eye on. These are songs that are as much at home being played on a car stereo as they are being played in an arena.

Some of the stand-out tracks on the album include the jungle indie-garage concoction, "Turtles," the hard house dance infused "Nice Place," which is a complete re-working of a Green Lemon favorite, and the truly unforgettable "Heavy Eyes," which is also the first single from the album. Allen's collaboration with Holland, Bradford, and Freepeoples Frequency's beat creator, Brooke Binion is highly evident throughout the album. Each song is a true hybrid of heavy synthesizer laden layers, glitch driven beats, electronic pads and guitar rock and pop, much in the spirit of acts like Radiohead, The Flaming Lips, and Bright Eyes.

Wayne Allen and the SKYS are also pleased to announce the debut of their first music video for the song, "Heavy Eyes," the first single from Small Dreams. Director of photography, David Whitson, utilized a creative vision that meshed well with the track. "I was excited to work with Wayne Allen. The song 'Heavy Eyes' is a great track for video as it allowed endless creative possibilities. Our vision was to make a video as colorful as the music. The collaboration between Wayne and I during the production process couldn't have been better. In addition, video editor Tim Kimberling, really helped bring our vision together in post."

The video for "Heavy Eyes" will soon be available here. Currently, the SKYS is gearing up for their first nationwide tour in support of the new album.

[Published on: 12/14/09]

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