My name is Jeff Noller, and I am Skittish. I have made a career of crafting songs that, catchy as they can be, usually focus on dark subject matter. At some point it was suggested that I start taking anti-depressants. Though I eschewed this suggestion for years, fearing that it would hinder my creativity, I finally gave in and got on happy pills. This record is the result of my new outlook.
Better Out than In is the latest Skittish EP. As is the case with every album, I am mostly trying to please myself, my friends, and the many other broken-toys out there who have supported me these last 10 years. It was written, recorded, and mixed in a house I was caretaking in the winter of 2018. Picture a montage of late night vocal tracking in a homemade tent of blankets, an ever growing tangled beard, all played out against a backdrop of three snowy Minnesota months. Kind of like the Shining, but with less murder. It is Indie-pop, flavored by Weezer, Beck, and Twenty One Pilots. 8 songs speaking of the ups and downs of the previous year. The only other artist featured on the record is Brianna Tagg, who lends her vocals to the album’s symphonic closing tack, Love Lies Bleeding.
I spent most of 2017 traveling between my hometown of Minneapolis and my adopted city of Nashville, where I wrote for country artists and TV commercials.
Though not normally my genres, I grew a healthy respect for folks like Max Martin and Ashley Gorley. The behind-the-scenes talent that get the creative buzz, without the public hassle. This appealed to my introverted nature, but I could never stray too far from Skittish. I whittled 15 songs down to my favorite 8, recorded them in 3 months, and now I have ‘Better Out than In.’
‘Better Out than In’ is the 6th Skittish album and the latest highlight in the band’s 12 year history that includes placements on MTV, Lifetime Movies, and Showtime’s ‘Shameless.’ As well as national tours, three top 100 CMJ charting albums, and two Independent Music Award nominations in 2016 for Album and Single of the year.
For those that are unsure of their place in this world, there will always be Skittish to keep you company.