Apr 16 - Britrock band Skunk Anansie say an acoustic set is terrifying, but rewarding for a band used to hiding behind heavy riffs and bright lights. Bob Mezan reports.
For 20 years they've been known for heavy rock riffs, thick bass and politically charged lyrics but british rock group Skunk Anansie changed things up with an an unplugged gig in London. Skunk's singer, Skin said their acoustic performance was both scary and exhilarating. SOUNDBITE: Skunk Anansie singer, Skin, saying (English): "In many ways it's quite terrifying because we're used to kind of hiding behind lights and the show and being this great live band and everyone going crazy and for me I'm literally just standing there and singing really quietly a lot of the time, but it's really rewarding because I really am just showing off our songs, and showing off our voices, and our musicianship, and showing off how good our songs are and I think that's what makes it really special as artists." It's nearly two decades since Skunk Anansie played their first gig at London's The Splash Club in March 1994. After a hiatus in 2001 they reformed in 2009, and while their love for the music hasn't changed, they industry has. SOUNDBITE: Skunk Anansie singer, Skin, saying (English): "When we started, you know, music could be something you could be doing until you're 80 years old or something. And I think now 15 years later the industry seems to be so obsessed with, you know, music made by kids, which is fantastic -- I love music made by kids -- but I also like music by old jazz singers, you know? And I think the variety, the lack of variety, I think we've found to be the hardest thing for us. You know, if you're not this then you're just not in it." Skunk Anansie fans are obviously still into them. Despite any apprehension about their unplugged show, the group received thunderous applause for their unplugged performance.