MEET THE BAND
We came together one day back in 2013 in the deepest darkest part of Darlington, the market town based in the Tees Valley in the north east of England.
A few members came and went during rehearsal until we were at a stage to seriously think about gigging.
We wanted to play all the favourite tunes we heard as "younger" men, and ensure a good night out. We lost a couple of members but they were replaced by great musicians that could take us forward and since that the line up has been settled and its been said that the quality of our performances show this. We have moved on massively and have done some great things, played some great venues and some great events. Sometimes we have to pinch ourselves but throughout this we remain ever grateful. Some of our highlights so far -
We have supported acts like Bad Manners, The Lambrettas, The Beat, (Both Roger & Daves) The Hotknives, Bombskare, The Toasters, Vin Gordon, Dennis Alcapone, Roddy Radiation of The Specials, Bruce Foxton's From The Jam at venues like ARC Stockton On Tees where we had a successful performance and successful performances at the 02 Academy Newcastle. We have also played with members of The Specials, Bad Manners & The Selecter. We also have played at festivals such as Stone Valley, YSA Invasion 12, the Great Northern Mod & Ska Festival, The Lindisfarne Festival, the Woodhorn Festival and the prestigious gig at the Feuerwerks Open Air Festival at The Reduit in Mainz, Germany amongst many other successful gigs. We have recorded tracks in the past for the Specialized Project that raises money for Teenage cancer Trust & Youth Music UK- " Police On My Back" for the Specialized project album " Combat cancer- A tribute to The Clash", "Midnight Ravers" for the 2016 "One Heart - A tribute to Bob Marley" album and "Smithers Jones" for the 2017 Specialized tribute to The Jam. Also, we have also headlined events for March Of The Mods, Our House all dayers in York and Barnard Castle Big Day Out, The Leadgate Big Bash and sold out and turned people away at our hometown gig at The Forum Music Centre in Darlington. We've also released 2 CD Eps "The Tommy Gun EP" and latest " Rudys Return " EP which features Lynval Golding & Jon Read of The Specials. They have also played many festivals with the highlight in 2017 being the Lindisfarne Festival, the last big summer festival of the year., with a fantastic slot beckoning in the Beer Tent at 9,45pm on Friday 1st September at this renowned award winning festival-since then we have played many big festivals and sold out our home town venue. as of this time ( Nov 2019 ) we are in the semi final heats to play the prestigious Glastonbury Festival- into the last few from 1000s !!!
We've played at prestigious venues like The Dublin Castle, Hope & Anchor in London and played the 100 Club supporting Lee Thompson of Madness in 2017 with the band The Silencerz. We returned to The Dublin Castle where Lynval Golding of The Specials joined us onstage and Lee Thompson of Madness danced in the crowd. In January 2018, we released the title track of our forthcoming album "From Cradle To Grave" which hit number one in the UK Reggae Charts and this was followed up in May 2018 by our second single "The Ghost In Me" which hit the Top 10 in the UK Reggae Charts - a fantastic start for our original stuff and this was followed by a Top 5 placing in the reggae charts for our follow up "Betrayal Of Trust" .Our debut album "Cradle To Grave" was released in September 2018 and sold out the Cd runs three times over and was followed by the 12" vinyl gatefold album which has continued to sell well, picking up rave reviews in magazines such as Vive Le Rock and other online blogs and sites. In December 2018 a remix of our track "Skapones A Go Go" hit the No,1 spot in the UK Reggae Charts, knocking The Specials from the top spot. Our last single "When Its Gone Its Gone" also hit the Top 3. We have undergone a massive UK, Ireland,Europe tour in 2019 and spent 2 weeks touring the USA in August 2019 which resulted in us being invited back in 2020 BUT THE HIGHLIGHT WAS BEING MADE SUPPORT FOR THE SPECIALS ON THEIR 40TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR IN MAY 2019 - WHAT AN OCCASION
See, its all go and that's how we like it. Come on board the good ship Skapones - she's sailing away on good tides, come and join the cruise...
The Story continues....