Based in Portland, Oregon, Skidmore are an up and coming local band who play a mixture of their own material (which ranges from Blues to straight up Rock) as well as a few covers by some of their favourite artists (Foo Fighters, Lenny Kravitz, Eve 6, Carolina Liar...).
Skidmore were formed from the Nike IT band, Regrind, when Tony, Greg, and Colin got together to perform an acoustic set. They transformed into fire-breathing guitar monsters, and after their bass player had to quit in late 2010, Myk joined, and the line-up was complete.Top
Hailing from Sunderland in the North East of England. Tony is an Oregon import who loves everything about the Pacific Northwest, especially the micro-brews! A late starter in life to the world of guitar playing, he now wields his trusty Fender Stratocaster Hardtail and Gibson ES-137 on stage with Skidmore. After the guitar came the singing, which in the early days he describes as "the most terrifying thing I have ever done". If you catch him at one of our gigs feel free to stop by and ask him about how Sunderland AFC are doing in the English Premier League. With musical Influences ranging from Rush to Katy Perry you can expect his song writing contribution to be rather diverse!
Other Gear in Tony's rig:
Another Englishman, and the other half of the song-writing duo. His influences for Skidmore are guitar based Classic and Modern rock from the 70s onwards as well as Alternative and Progressive music.
Greg has always had an interest in singing, but other than performing in school plays and the occasional school choir, he didn't realize his life-long ambition of joining a band till much later in life. For guitars, Greg uses a PRS Mira and a Fender Telecaster along with the following gear.
Colin comes from a family of musicians dating back to his great grandfather, a drummer in the McHenry County (Ill.) marching band in the 1800s. He started annoying family members from the age of 6, when he was taught how to hold drumsticks by his grandfather, a John Philip Sousa band member and drum corps leader. He migrated to the Pacific Northwest in the 80s, after paying his dues in the Midwest bowling alley and supper club circuit for beers and gas money.
Colin plays a DW Collectors Maple kit with Zildjian cymbals and sticks.Top
Myk was invited to join the band in late 2010 after their previous bassist had to quit. Although initially reluctant, due to never having played bass before, Greg used a very simple, and cunning, method to persuade him: he got him blind drunk. Now, he's eternally grateful to Greg for doing that, as he's having more fun than ever with his new passion. Although that next day was a bit of a bear.
Originally from Scotland, he moved with his family to the Portland area in 1997, looking for somewhere warmer. After several years, you couldn't pay him to move back to Scotland.
Myk's musical interests include Hawkwind, Deep Purple, Rush, Motorhead, Black Sabbath, Jethro Tull, Status Quo, Iron Maiden, Linkin Park, Bowling For Soup, Avril Lavigne, Sex Pistols, Dashboard Confessional, Seether, and Camel.
He's also spending more time looking for new music, especially from local artists. He's especially fond of NTNT, Fringe Class, The Dandelyons, Paradise, The Upsidedown, The Prids (all local Portland bands), and Oh No Fiasco (Knoxville), The Royal (Wisconsin), The Joy Formidable (Wales), Tonight Alive (Sydney, Australia), Alvarez Kings (Sheffield, England). There's a lot of great music out there.
He uses a Music Man Stingray bass, through a Sansamp D/I box, and either direct to the mixer/PA, or through an Acoustic B200H head with 4x10 and/or 1/15 cabinets. He doesn't sing, for which you should be truly thankful.Top