Skyward is a big, messy, alternative rock band founded in the big, messy alternative mountains of Harrisonburg, Virginia. Meeting at James Madison University, they all banded together under the idea that loud guitars and crushing drums didn’t have to be mutually exclusive to an electronic, pop sound.
After four years and close to 400 shows all up and down the East Coast including an appearance at Warped Tour 2015 (as well as playing alongside diverse acts ranging from Pierce The Veil to The Plain White T’s), Skyward now chooses to call Charlottesville, Virginia their home base.
According to Vents Magazine, “… their creative mission to marry the messy guitar theatrics of alternative rock with the stricter constraints and melodic emphasis in electronic pop produces individualistic magic.” Skyward’s sound would be equally at home in large venues in front of massive crowds as in more intimate club settings. And while stand-out tracks such as Casualty and Stand-Ins reach for the anthemic stars, tracks like Animal and (m)arrow keep Skyward’s sound pop-focused and immediately accessible. Some of those songs have even achieved placements on shows like "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" and "Stewarts And Hamiltons".
Now armed with their impending, debut, self-titled LP, (releasing everywhere 9.30.16) recorded at Radiant Studios and The Basement outside of Nashville, Tennessee, Skyward expects big things on the horizon.
Gashouse Radio notes that “Skyward accomplishes in eleven songs what much more famous bands struggle to do over the course of two full length albums. There is a breathlessly exciting breadth of musical vision on this release, a go for broke spirit reaching for the best expression of its heart through musical form.”
Can loud, riffy, guitar-focused music still be pop? There’s only one way to find out…