Trio eyeing up special event
What with Download making their latest line-up announcement, we thought we'd give today's music pages a bit of a rock theme.
And who better to continue this, we thought to ourselves, than Leicester trio Skam, a band determined to give us something with a bit more muscle than all the "indie university music" bombarding our ears at the minute.
"You can't say rock has ever really gone away, but I think that kind of indie university music is so popular at the moment and has been for a while," says bass player Matt Gilmore. "But I think there's been a bit of an explosion of British rock bands – The Answer, Black Spiders, Heaven's Basement – all playing that classic rock style of music. It's getting better."
Influenced by the likes of AC/DC, Iron Maiden and Foo Fighters, Skam come with a high decibel guarantee.
They've got more than 400 gigs under their belts and toured with the likes of The Answer and The Union earlier this year.
The end of December will be the close of "an epic" year for Skam, says Matt.
"The Answer tour which was in March, and the rest of our year has come off the back of that, because it gave us a lot of exposure.
"We played in front of 10,000 people and played in different cities, so really started to build up a fanbase. We also headlined the BBC Introducing Stage at Cambridge Rocks.
"This month, we're supporting Bonafide, a Swedish band who are pretty big in Scandinavia."
The band were featured in the 'high hopes' section of Classic Rock, and were also asked to record a track for the magazine's cover mount CD featuring rock classics from 1977.
"We recorded the AC/DC track, Hell Aint A Bad Place To Be," says Matt. "They loved that and it's track number one on the album, which is pretty good. Anthrax and Aerosmith were on it, so some pretty cool bands doing some pretty cool covers.
"After Classic Rock got on board, then Metal Hammer came in and they asked if they could feature the next single, Dead From The Waist Down.
"We've been gigging around the UK and we're now playing bigger venues. It's all going really well, to be honest.
"For 2013, we've got another single release and a video.
"There's a lot of legs in It's Come To This, our album, I think. We found out this week that we're the biggest selling band on our label, Casket Music. We're not talking EMI or anything like that, but it's something."
The next date in the Skam Filofax, apart from the gigs with Bonafide, is their own headline show in Leicester.
"We've got the night off from our tour with Bonafide, so we thought we'd drop in and do our own show in Leicester."
After that, the trio have set their sights on the hallowed ground of rock.
"What we'd really like to do is Download, that's the big one for us," says Matt.
"We got weekend passes this year and the quality of the bands they have, I don't think there's another festival in the world like it."
Skam are playing at Sumo, in Braunstone Gate, on Saturday, November 17. Visit: