After the singles Wanna Be and Alive, discover the 7 other titles that make up Taking Off, including for example Spit it out, Taking Off or Something Wrong. Taking Off, an album in which Tom Skilton and his Reports tell their stories, their experiences, their life, that of English kids brought up on beer in the recesses of the pubs of perfidious Albion. Pure rock made in UK, the one that runs naturally through the veins of our best enemies across the Channel. An album to be listened to loudly in a pub, an IPA in hand and the night ahead of you to remake the world.
Taking off, an album in which Tom Skilton and his Reports relate their stories, their experiences, their life, that of English kids brought up on beer in the recesses of the pubs of perfidious Albion. Pure rock made in UK, the one that constantly runs through the veins of our best enemies across the Channel. A rock with multiple influences like The Kinks, David Bowie, Marc Bolan, The Jam, The Strokes, but also Kings of Leon. An album that we would like to listen to sitting in a pub, a lukewarm beer in hand and the night in front of us.
A pub on the corner of a street. Outside a dark green storefront, inside a parquet floor on which stand benches and tables lined up against a wall facing a long bar from which beer dispensers protrude. A subdued atmosphere, enlivened by the noise of discussions, clashing pints and swear words followed by bursts of laughter.
It is undoubtedly in this setting that the decision to form The Reports was taken. In Brighton, a city known as much for its coast and its typically English pontoon as for its artists like Royal Blood and The Kooks. Brighton, a city where you can hope to meet Hercule Poirot just as much as a rock band raised on beer. Today, it is the second option that interests us. But let’s back up a bit first.
The story begins in South London, a neighborhood that Tom Skilton and his parents quickly leave to move to Hastings on the south coast and then to Brighton, because a friend of the mother goes there and the latter decides to follow her. The father plays bass for him in a punk band (The Daleks), and around the age of 12, it’s decided, the kid will also be a musician. That’s pretty good because in his new school, his friends have a band but no bassist.
When the time comes for studies, Tom Skilton remains in the artistic world and more precisely that of sculpture, at the London Royal Academy, before becoming the assistant of Liz Ascroft, Tom Pye and Anna Fleischle on productions like Porgy and Bess at the Royal Danish Theatre. But not forgetting his love for punk, rock, beer and the crowded clubs of London and Brighton, Tom set up The Reports in 2016, dropping the bass for guitar and vocals at the same time.
Like almost all bands, The Rapports first hit the stage, playing to hometown crowds, The Alternative Great Escape Festival, and opening for a sold-out Cast at Komedia. More recently, at the end of 2021, they hit the road accompanying Creeping Jean on their autumn UK tour and visit Southampton, Liverpool, Manchester, Brighton and Sheffield.
It was after a concert, even two, that The Reports met and signed on the Noa Music label, based in Normandy. What do you mean ? After attending a concert in Brighton, Skilton and drummer O’Conchuir, suddenly in a spirit of adventure, decide to take an impromptu trip to France. After 48 hours without sleep, each pushing their bikes through the Normandy bocage, a chance meeting led them to play at the Château du Vaudichon, not far from the offices of Noa Music, allowing them at the same time to meet the label team who proposes to make recording tests, tests which will lead to a contract. Finally, it was not so complicated.
A collaboration that allows them to announce their first album taking off. Recorded between the 4A Sound Factory studio in Normandy and Brighton’s Retreat Studios, alongside sound engineers David Konopnicki, Andrew Lyden and Sie Medway-Smith, Taking Off was released on May 20, 2022. An album whose visuals are necessarily produced by Tom Skilton, and whose sound inevitably recalls England, its rock, its pubs, its beer and its terrible children.
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The Reports: The Taking Off Album
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