Hailing from Newry, Co Down, The Skin We’re In was formed in late Jan 07 when singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Chris “Cricky” Markey wrote and recorded 15 tracks in a 10 day period. He has been writing and recording since and has well over one hundred songs written and recorded. His music is contemporary rock infused with soul, jazz and funk licks drawing from diverse influences from Tom Waits to Prince.
To date, the single ‘Something To Prove’ has featured on several nationwide radio stations including Phantom FM, U105 FM, WLRFM and BBC Radio Ulster. The song has also received airplay on XFM London, which led to The Skin We’re In being named one of XFM’s Uploaded winners.
In 2009 The Skin We’re In released their debut EP in 2009 which is now on digital release via iTunes, Napster, Amazon etc. The EP was engineered and co-produced by Tony Perrey and recorded at Windmill Lane Studios, Dublin. In support of the EP release a live band was set up and the band performed several gigs including support to CODES in Crawdaddy, a slot at the Ruby Sessions and a headlining hometown gig with support from Television Room and We Should Be Dead.
In the past year, Cricky has been writing and recording at his home studio in Newry. When not writing for his own act, he has been writing pop/R&B songs for other artists to record. He is currently putting the finishing touches to his new double album scheduled for release in the new year. A few live nationwide dates have been pencilled in for early 2012.
The lead single from the new album, which has the working title ‘In Minority’, is called ‘Silhouette‘ and will be released in Jan 2012. In the run up to the release, a new non-album track is released for free download @http://soundcloud.com/the-skin-were-in/abandoned. All music by The Skin We’re In is written, arranged, produced and performed by Cricky Markey.
By: Shayne Byrne | Beat-Play Ambassador Ireland | @shaynewithMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC