If you yearn for the punkier days of The Yeah Yeah Yeahs or the pre-radio tunes of No Doubt, if you need more female fronted melodic punk rock in your life, or you just crave well constructed alternative rock with a punk edge, look no further. Skin on Flesh’s new 3 song EP, Terrible and Sad, is the latest project from the collaboration of rockers Michiel Sybers and Laura Jiménez, a Berlin based duo who started making music together during the pandemic in 2020. With a German address, some truly English and American punk rock sensibilities, and a clear Hispanic heritage and influence, the unique sound of this EP is the perfect way to wrap up a long week and long ahead to the weekend.
While the intense opener of the EP, title track “Terrible and Sad”, is likely the standout – all three songs on the EP are strong, passionate songs with killer rhythm, powerful vocals, and fierce guitars. The EP is a great introduction to the uninitiated amongst us. The songs are melodic, catchy, and pleasant on the ears enough to keep the 3 sounds on a loop for hours on end. With a decided influence from late 90s through mid oughts emo, the alternative and grunge music of the entire 90s decade, classic punk, and modern alternative and punk acts, the sound is all their own while retaining some familiarity and vibes that will keep aging scenesters like this reviewer here feeling right at home.
Check out the lyric video for “Terrible and Sad” below and make a point to check out the entire EP in short order. Not only will you enjoy it, but it’s far from being a chore, at under 10 minutes in its entirety.
Find more from Skin on Flesh at skinonflesh.com.