From “the Saintly City” of St. Paul comes the idiosyncratic sound of Skittish. The eclectic quartet’s newest album, Two Legs Bad, is intended to satiate the minds of the curious; a literary odyssey flushed with more hooks than a tackle box.
Since their inception, the band has maintained a steady trajectory through the indie wilderness; placing songs with MTV, charting on CMJ, Playing SXSW & Summerfest and opening for some notable acts including The Lone Bellow, Cloud Cult and Kid Dakota. “Our ambitions are high but our integrity remains intact” reflects the bands spearhead Jeff Noller. “The care we put into our songwriting will be our legacy”.
Skittish began as Noller’s recording side project when his college band reached the end of the line. He was content to explore his potent musical ideas alone in his basement until he met Brianna Tagg, a classically trained pianist and voice major, whose knack for ear
wormy melodies offset Noller’s neo-folk sensibilities. The two began co-writing and quickly struck upon the now signature blend of dark and weird lyrics set to catchy lead vocals and harmonies. Jeremy Krueth and Lazarus Ulysses Clearwater rounded out the band, having been bouncing their rhythm section off the walls of dark Midwest clubs for years.
The title of their newest record, Two Legs Bad, was pulled from a line in George Orwell’s Animal Farm and is one of the many literary, economic and historical references peppered throughout the album – a dose of high-brow hidden in a spoonful of catchy indie-pop.
Noller is a consummate digester of articles and oddities, spending most of his days reading up on subjects as varying as theoretical physics, old Hollywood and paranormal phenomenon. “I often feel like an outcast” Noller reflects. “What I’m learning is that the
majority of the population feels the same way”.
For those that are a little too smart, a little too weird and a little unsettled with their place in this world, Skittish is calming reassurance that you are not alone.
Bio by: Jennifer Thorington
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