Skip the Middle Man

Skip the Middle Man

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Skip the Middle Man band is a four piece instrumental progressive rock band. Skip the Middle Man is comprised of kicken' drums, trick bass and two raging lead guitars. The members of the group met in Madison, WI and have a total of 20, 094 days of music playing experience and counting.

Biography

Madison Area Music Awards nominee - Skip the Middle Man band is a four piece instrumental progressive rock band. Skip the Middle Man is comprised of kicken' drums, trick bass and two raging lead guitars. The members of the group met in Madison, WI and have a total of 20, 094 days of music playing experience and counting.

SMM's music is a blend of formidable and versatile drumming, spreading between jazz, classic rock and fusion. The supple smooth bass brings out the low low end of the band's sound. All while performing a brakestand and a manual. Guitar left strays between styles of progressive music, peaking and tweaking the listener with a sort of stun guitar thing. Guitar right adds solid, chunky guitar riffs blended with an esoteric melody structure.

Skip started gigging in Madison on November 12, 2005. They opened a show at the UW union for Know Boundaries, a good friend of the bands. From there they have played all the Madison's major local venues including the King Club, the High Noon Saloon, the Annex, the Klinic, the Mifflin St block party and Milwaukee's Shank Hall. SMM has shared the stage with many artists including: New Monsoon, Mark Croft, the Atomic Blue, Run Side Down, Orange Ladder, Planet of 9, Sunshine for the Blind, Venus over Paris, Sleeping Buddha, Chinese Finger Trap and many more.

In May of 2006 SMM produced a self-titled EP, comprised of seven songs with a total music playing time of approximately thirty-three minutes. The songs on the album are a blend of new and old SMM tunes leaving the listener engaged to the end.

The album started off as a four song demo that they were planning on using to book more gigs in the area. After two nights of recording the drums in a card board isolation booth, the demo was seven songs deep and it was decided to record an EP. The following few weeks the guitars and bass hashed out their parts recording layers of unmistakable rockin' riffs. Very little over-dubbing was done during the album, most songs where recorded with one take, from beginning to end. The album represents the bands true sound, as if they were playing right there in front of you. What you hear on the album is what you would hear and see at one of their live shows. The art work was a culmination of the bands ideas based of a photo of the grand canyon produced by Kaibab Watkins Jr. The EP was recorded, mixed and mastered by SMM in less than a month, using all of their own gear in small house on north side of Madison. Take some time and listen to the impressive sounds of a hard working band.

When they rock together they form Skip the Middle Man.

Discography

Self-titled EP - SKIP THE MIDDLE MAN
released: May 2006

Produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by SMM

Set List

Standard set list lasts approximately 90 minutes:

Drain
Roadsong --> Reflections
Fat Mama --> Night Ryder
R Cig
Broken
A song
Big Wave
Rubberband, band, band...
E Blues
Snakedance
CleanDirt --> Bottom out
Tiny Valentine