Hailing from Byron Bay in Australia, surf-rock trio Skegss has just shared a new song called “Under the Thunder” via Loma Vista Recordings. It follows on from their 2019 single “Save It for the Weekend” and their cover of Pixies’ “Here Comes Your Man“.
Centered around singer-guitarist Ben Reed, bassist Toby Cregan, and drummer Jonny Lani, the band has been dazzling audiences with their frenetic live shows for years, culminating in the release of their debut record, My Own Mess, in 2018. They signed with Loma Vista earlier this year and subsequently played a sold-out show at Los Angeles’ famed El Rey Theatre.
Produced by Catherine Marks (Manchester Orchestra, PJ Harvey), the track is a boisterous and breezy tune that lingers on your skin like sea spray. Anchored by a catchy percussive rhythm, the song is wild and littered with loping guitar lines and possesses a dizzying sense of fun and affection. Aided by a video directed by Kai Neville, wherein the band take liberties with some worms while on a day trip in Cregan’s yellow commodore, the song leaves you breathless and anxious for another listen.
“This song is about enjoying the rollercoaster of life; no one can live forever so you may as well enjoy the seasons and becoming,” Reed explains. “There’s not always going to be a solution to some situations that you’re in, so you have to take the good with the bad and ride it out, and just enjoy a beer when you can and not think about any of the bad things in your life. Nature will always have its way at the end of the day.”