Ahhh, the press release! Some are really exciting, and some meet with a chorus of crickets! Chirp, nothing. However, the one below is one of the more exciting ones I have seen in some time. Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio, has put together one of the mothers of all solo projects. Check out the fresh and exhilarating news that just passed through our office recently.
“SUPERBALL MUSIC is pleased to announce the signing of highly acclaimed musician Matt Skiba’s new solo venture– MATT SKIBA AND THE SEKRETS . Skiba, most well known for his role as founding member of the punk rock group Alkaline Trio, has teamed up with other name players for the project including MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE drummer Jarrod Alexander and AFI Bassist Hunter Burgan.
“Creating a record on my own and deciding who plays and how the songs were structured, it was fun to do. I love working with my band-mates in Alk3 but to make a rock record that was just mine was something that I wanted to do,” explains Skiba. With various musical influences contributing to the overall sound, the result is dancy, catchy rock in the vein of Alkaline Trio with elements of 80’s post punk.
Superball Music, home to Dredg, …And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead and a number of other artists is very excited to announce the pairing with MATT SKIBA AND THE SEKRETS. Label head Thomas Waber commented, “I am pleased and excited to welcome Matt Skiba to the Superball Music family. We have all been fans of the Alkaline Trio for a long time, so working with Matt is going to be a real honor!”
Matt Skiba also commented on the union: “I am so delighted to be working with Superball Music. It was extremely important for the MATT SKIBA and the SEKRETS project to find the proper home. I am honored and ecstatic to have found a label that is as enthusiastic about this project as I am. I am very thankful to have Superball in my corner and look forward to the growth of our relationship and to the growth of this project.”
Babylon, the MATT SKIBA AND THE SEKRETS Superball Music debut, is set for release in early 2012.
I can only hope that Upstate New York will be blessed with a performance from these guys when they hit the road.