the SKYS

the SKYS

 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA
BandRockEDM

"SUITCASES ARE COOLER THAN CLOSETS!"

Biography

*WAYNE ALLEN REVEALS “the SKYS” *

Former Green Lemon guitarist, Wayne Allen has unveiled his new music project with the debut full length album release from his new band, the SKYS, entitled “Small Dreams in an Elevator”. The disc was recently released on Allen’s own imprint label, LTC Records. Allen, who spent the better part of the last decade fronting the Midwest touring sensation, Green Lemon, has been hard at work recording the new album at Chillhouse Studios in Boston, MA. The album is being co-produced by Will Bradford (of SeepeopleS) and Will Holland, best known for his work with the Pixies and Dead Can Dance. Most importantly, Small Dreams in an Elevator represents a new evolution in Allen’s songwriting and a refinement of the sound he has spent the last few years developing. With one foot in the door of traditional anthem-like rock melodies, and the other foot wildly kicking out into an entire universe of original sound-scaping and electronica, “the SKYS” is as revolutionary as it is utterly addictive! These are songs that are as much at home being played on a car stereo as they are being played in an arena.

Some of the stand-out tracks on the album include the jungle indie-garage concoction, “Turtles,” the hard house dance infused “Nice Place,” which is a complete re-working of a Green Lemon favorite, and the truly unforgettable “Heavy Eyes,” which is also the first single from the album and sure to be one of the biggest hits of the year. Allen’s collaboration with Holland, and Bradford is highly evident throughout the album. Each song is a true hybrid of heavy synthesizer laden layers, glitch driven beats, electronic pads and guitar rock and pop, much in the spirit of acts like Radiohead, the Flaming Lips, and Bright Eyes. What distinguishes “the SKYS” from its sonic-pop predecessors is Allen’s distinct vocal delivery and his knack for anchoring melodies throughout the album, even as the sonic settings change from song to song. It is more than refreshing to hear an album that is meant to be listened to from beginning to end, especially in the modern single-track-iTunes world.” Allen’s writing has evolved since bringing us tracks such as the Jammy Nominated “Mess” and the heavily radio requested “Shoestring” and is evident on “Small Dreams in an Elevator”. With thought provoking lyrics and solid melodies, the songs favor a more concise and focused style of songwriting, and the results are splendid indeed!

Wayne Allen and the SKYS are also pleased to announce the debut of their first music video for the song, "Heavy Eyes," the first single from Small Dreams in an Elevator. Director of Photography, David Whitson utilized a creative vision that meshed well with the track. "I was excited to work with Wayne Allen. The song "Heavy Eyes" is a great track for video as it allowed endless creative possibilities. Our vision was to make a video as colorful as the music. The collaboration between Wayne and I during the production process couldn't have been better. In addition, Video Editor, Tim Kimberling, really helped bring our vision together in post." The video for “Heavy Eyes” can be previewed at www.theskysband.com or on YouTube.com, or in the video section of Sonicbids.com. Currently, the SKYS is gearing up for a regional and soon nationwide tour in support of the new album. Up to date concert information can be found on the SKYS official website. For information on everything that is the SKYS, please visit: www.theSKYSBand.com.

Lyrics

BAD GUYS

Written By: Music & Lyrics by Wayne Allen

BAD GUYS

Music & Lyrics by Wayne Allen

Can you tell me, am I running late
You’ve got an honest face
Decisions, have they all been made
I wish I had some say
So here we are, inside this bowl
Swimming round until we’re sold
One man leaves the race
Another takes his place
Swimming round until we’re old
But everyone likes a smile
It doesn’t matter if it’s just for show

Everyone’s got their own to hide
Everyone has an alibi
Got their money in the bank
Swimming through the bubbles in the tank
I remember when I was a boy
The more you learn the less you enjoy
Everyday a baby is born
Everyday a man is made to conform

I’m waking up in these small dreams
It’s been so long since I could think
I hope you’ll do the same damn thing
We can’t go back, it’s not the same

Can you tell me, do you believe in fate
Is everything suppose to be this way
Cause I’ve been searching all around this place
For reasons to want to stay
But everyone likes a smile, it doesn’t matter if it’s fake
It’s so easy to let the bad guys in here
They all know our names
It’s so easy to be a victim of theirs
But it’s all a game

I’m waking up in these small dreams
It’s been so long since I could think
I hope you’ll do the same damn thing
We can’t go back, it’s not the same

HEAVY EYES

Written By: Music & Lyrics by Wayne Allen

HEAVY EYES

Music & Lyrics by Wayne Allen

I look up to the skies through these drawn heavy eyes
And I go back to the start before everything was hard
And it’s so easy to see how everything supposed to be
Am I awake and aware or am I just dreaming…

Cause I know that I’m a mess; I write it down
and sing it so I worry less
And you say you understand but even if you did
you could not lend a hand
But it’s ok, I’ll be fine, I’ve been through this before,
it just will take some time

Promises, Keep your promises, I’ve heard them all
again and again, from you my friend

But it’s just a place that we knew,
and now that it’s gone, what to do?
And if you can feel it inside your bones,
don’t let go, don’t let go, let go.

Some may say they’re satisfied,
did they pretend to enjoy the ride?
Its seems so simple, it seems so fair,
but it isn’t so easy when your not there

But I feel this isn’t real; it’s all just a dream,
that’s how it seems
Cause consequence and evidence
have led me to believe in anything
So all this time you stand in line
waiting on your turn for peace of mind
Don’t be surprised when you arrive...
if I’m still waiting here.

But it’s just a place that we knew,
and now that it’s gone, what to do?
And if you can feel it inside your bones,
don’t let go, don’t let go, let go.

DIRTY WEATHER

Written By: Music & Lyrics by Wayne Allen

DIRTY WEATHER

Music & Lyrics by Wayne Allen

Feel the cool breeze
against your skin,
feel the pressure moving in
If your angry, leave it behind,
it’s getting late here,
but we’re not out of time
When things come up,
that you can’t change,
things go wrong, you can’t explain
What’s the difference,
if it’s all the same,
what’s it matter,
you can’t complain

Cause in this space, we occupy,
everybody’s different,
not just you and I
and in this place, we live and die,
it makes no difference
to say goodbye

The lights turn on, the music stops,
the questions come,
the questions drop
If it lasts forever, then it never ends,
and you’ll want to hide it
from all your friends
But you can’t bare it,
the compromise,
to live a life that you despise
So you lie in bed with,
this dirty weather,
but you can’t make it, any better

Cause in this space, we occupy,
everybody’s different,
not just you and I
and in this place, we live and die,
it makes no difference
to say goodbye

TURTLES

Written By: Music & Lyrics by Wayne Allen

TURTLES

Music & Lyrics by Wayne Allen

Leave me a message if you need,
I’m not here
And though I’m not that far away,
I don’t feel near
I don’t mean to be left behind,
sometimes it works that way
I know you all have made up your minds,
not me; I must have missed that day

I know, my friends, I know

Like decisions made from far away,
when there’s nothing more for you to say
Like questions floating in the air,
when your answers never seem too fair
Like a picture taken in the past,
when you can’t recall what you did last
Like moments glancing off the road,
when there’s nowhere left for you to go

I know, my friends, I know

DRIVER

Written By: Music & Lyrics by Wayne Allen

DRIVER

Music & Lyrics by Wayne Allen

This road I follow,
seems more distant than before
So I’ll just keep driving faster,
I won’t look back anymore
Cause there’s a lot of bad drivers,
who don’t know where they want to go
But I’ll just drive straight past them,
and hope they find what they’re looking for

I’ll be here; I hope you’ll see me
On these roads I’m driving,
cause I’ll keep driving for you

I’ve seen so many stop signs
and I’ve seen traffic fill the road
I’ve driven through parking lots and sand dunes
I’ve driven through rock, sleet and snow
But road conditions never phase me,
cause I’ve got 4 wheel drive
So you can go and call me crazy,
wonder why I keep on driving

I’ll be here; I hope you’ll see me
On these roads I’m driving, cause I’ll keep driving for you

I know we’ve have our break downs,
I know we’ve had our trials
But none of these will stop me, from driving on for you

I’ll be here; I hope you’ll see me
On these roads I’m driving, cause I’ll keep driving for you

ANIMAL

Written By: Music & Lyrics by Wayne Allen

ANIMAL

Music & Lyrics by Wayne Allen

There’s so much inside of my head
I’m held down to the floor by your words

And I know, I see…
There’s too many places I need to be
But you will find your way
You will be ok

I’ll be fine, give me time
I’ll be fine, give me time

And when I’m away on the road
I’m feeling high, I’m feeling low
Cause everything here seems the same
Cause nothing here ever changes

It takes time to reconstruct,
what I’ve done and what I’ve not
I don’t mean for this to fall,
but nothing here lasts too long animal

I’ll be fine, give me time
I’ll be fine, give me time

SLOW

Written By: Music & Lyrics by Wayne Allen

SLOW

Music & Lyrics by Wayne Allen

Everyone is here, nobody is hurt
Everything is fine,
when everyone is heard
Take it as it is, it doesn’t last long
Tonight we are here,
tomorrow we are gone

Later when the sun comes up
and you just want to close your eyes
Think of the friends you need most,
think of the times you hold close

Cause you know,
not everything moves so slow,
you know, you know,
not everything moves so slow
You know, you know,
not everything moves so slow,
you know, you know,
not everything moves so slow

The truth is why you’re here;
the truth is what I fear
So what if I don’t please,
please all your needs
What if I’m afraid,
afraid of what they’ll say
What if I’m a fake,
afraid of what they’ll think

Maybe I’m just wasting time,
and I’m confused on where to be
Maybe I’ve been left behind
but it’s too early for me to see

But you know,
not everything moves so slow,
you know, you know,
not everything moves so slow
You know, you know,
not everything moves so slow,
you know, you know,
not everything moves so slow

DIFFERENT FACES

Written By: Music & Lyrics by Wayne Allen

DIFFERENT FACES

Music & Lyrics by Wayne Allen

In this life, what can you do,
who can you trust,
what can you give

In this life, what can you be,
where can you go,
what can you change

In this life, what can you find;
we’re all balancing
on the bearings of time

In this life, what can you fake,
we’re all extensions of
the decisions we make

We’re all just different faces
waiting in line
In all these different places
waiting in line
We’re all just different faces
waiting in line
In all these different places
waiting in line

Save, save me this time
Save, save me this time

NICE PLACE

Written By: Music & Lyrics by Wayne Allen

NICE PLACE

Music & Lyrics by Wayne Allen

When it’s done, you go home,
and I am here, but not alone
And here I’ll stay til the next day,
but all the time, it’s the same thing
To take a break,
you have to concentrate,
on the smallest thought
your mind creates
And in between
these thoughts I dream,
of a Nice Place, you can’t leave

This nice place, you can’t leave
It’s a nice place, you can’t leave
This nice place, you can’t leave
It’s a nice place, you can’t leave

So I hang my hat and close my eyes, I think of all my favorite times
In this box where I remain,
I watch my past slowly fade

So I think of you, and what you said, I hear your voice inside my head
To trust in fate,
you must accommodate,
all of what you fear,
and let it irritate
Until you lose control,
after you’ve lost it all,
and then you’ll start to slide
into an endless hall....
Where you cannot breath,
and you can barely scream,
but it’s a nice place, you can’t leave

This nice place, you can’t leave
It’s a nice place, you can’t leave
This nice place, you can’t leave
It’s a nice place, you can’t leave

So I hang my hat and close my eyes, I think of all my favorite times
In this box where I remain,
I watch my past slowly fade

WEIGHT

Written By: Music & Lyrics by Wayne Allen

WEIGHT

Music & Lyrics by Wayne Allen

Walk me home put me to bed,
Tell me everything that you said
Wasn’t true, you just were mad,
And now you take it all back

Cause I still hear you
when you laugh,
Remember thinking
that you’d be back
But That was then,
and I was wrong,
I’m still here
and you are gone

But, please just take this weight
up off my back
Cause it’s so late,
and still I can’t relax
And if you call my name
and I don’t reply
It’s not you; it’s not you,
who I need to find

I have seen this all before,
And now it’s here for me once more
Another good thing that I have cost, Another friend that I have lost

But I can still see it in your face,
But now it’s a memory
that’s in your place
And I can’t change how things were spun,
I can’t change what’s done is done

But please just take this weight
up off my back
Cause it’s so late,
and still I can’t relax
And if you call my name
and I don’t reply
It’s not you; it’s not you,
who I need to find

Close your eyes, Close your eyes

See the light, Close your eyes

Discography

Small Dreams in an Elevator
Single - Weight
Single - Nice Place
Single - Conversations

New CD "Micro-waves" is expected to release in January 2011.