Still on patrol1/27/2016
“The King is dead; long live the King.” It is a phrase that was uttered throughout the days of hereditary monarchy as a means of illustrating the unbroken, never-ceasing temerity of rule. One king would die, and the next stepped right into his place. So to with Sky Patrol.
The pop/psychedelic four-piece has been plying its trade in town since 2014, but this week marks its final show under that name. However, instead of breaking up due to inner conflicts and going their separate ways, Sky Patrol’s demise is almost the polar opposite. Front man Tanner Buckley explained that, after adding bassist Andrew Schnicker to the mix, the group found itself so caught up in their new sound that it did not seem fair to keep calling it the same thing.
“It first kind of started when we got our new bassist,” Buckley said. “Once we started jamming with him, that opened up all kinds of genres to us.”
“It pretty much just came down to us having so many ideas that we just got overwhelmed. We just felt like we needed some way of marking the changes. We decided less than a month ago that the final show was going to be on Jan. 30.”
The transition will not be quite as seamless as the kings of yore, however. The band’s members (Buckley, Schnicker, guitarist David Lemons and drummer Jacob Higgins) have not decided on a name for their new iteration yet. But Buckley said they have been working on new music and hope to have the kinks worked out and be playing gigs by spring.
“We have an overwhelming amount of material that we initially wanted to throw on a Sky Patrol album,” he said. “I think it’s going to be a couple months of writing and flirting with some old music that we canned away for a bit, but then I imagine that we’ll be demo recording.”
Buckley said their goal for the summer is to try and get on one of the festival bills, which would give the band the widest possible audience to acquaint with the act’s new direction.
“It’s a much fuller sound,” he said of the new material. “It’s going to still have the psychedelic feel but a higher energy sound and a more professional product.”
“It is 100 percent bittersweet to be ending Sky Patrol,” he continued. “There’s a bunch of good, and some sad, along the way. But we’ve got big plans for 2016.” CV