For a band’s debut album to score numerous hits and rotation on JJJ, MMM and Fly TV before backing up for a place in the Hottest 100 and a busy festivals season, you know something special is in the air.
But when the second album ‘Aurora’ and new single ‘Nothing to Say’ hit, you know that special is an understatement. A fat three-minute track that the likes of Grinspoon or the Foo Fighters would be proud of, the track ‘Nothing to Say’ heralds Antiskeptic’s second coming, throwing off the shackles of ‘new indie band’ to move squarely into the realm of competing on par with Australian music’s heavyweights. Already #1 on JJJs Net 50, the winner of MMMs Battle of New Rock five weeks running and scoring rotation on radio and TV around the country, Aurora is ready to break.
The debut single Called from the album Memoirs for the Common Man was added to high rotation play on Triple J and Triple M including scoring poll position in the Triple J Net 50, for five consecutive weeks. Melbourne’s The Age said, ‘Called cranks with a crunchy riff sandwiched between nice harmonies and slower ebbs. This band knows how to keep it energised without losing a sense of catchy melody (a la Foo Fighters).’ While Adelaide’s Rip It Up raved that, ‘Melbourne three-piece Antiskeptic’s new single is well-nigh perfect melody-drenched guitar-based pop rock.’
The band’s success continued with live performances on JJJ before hitting the road, being included on the bill of such well respected festivals as Vans Warped Tour, MONE, Homebake and the Falls Festival.
Since their inception in late 1999 the trio have also supported/toured with the likes of Jimmy Eat World, Unwritten Law, Millencolin, Jebediah, Pacifier, Motor Ace, Bodyjar, Midnight Oil, Blueline Medic, Eskimo Joe, One Dollar Short plus many more.
The album Aurora is released on August 24 to coincide with a second national live assault with fellow rockers Think Tank and Gyroscope and is already tagged as one of 2003’s most anticipated independent releases.