The second album from Matt Skiba and the Sekrets, entitled KUTS, is due for releaseJune 2nd (North America) and June 1st (Europe) on Superball Music. The album cover, photographed by Jonathan Weiner, is seen for the first time above.
Skiba's first album with the Sekrets, 2012's Babylon, received adulation from both fans and press. Now, Matt Skiba and his Sekrets (Hunter Burgan on bass, Jarrod Alexander drums) ready the release of KUTS. Skiba's ongoing work in Alkaline Trio has been a well-documented punk rock success story, and the vocalist/guitarist has recently performed several gigs as a temporary member of punk/alt icons Blink-182.
Says Skiba of KUTS: "The writing style and entire approach to this new one was a stronger desire to do something fairly different from my other band. We used sounds hugely influenced by early David Bowie stuff and took more chances. I knew that the playing of Hunter and Jarrod would bring entirely new elements to the songs that would help shape them in a huge way and influence ideas that I would never have thought of on my own. They did great stuff for the last record but had even more freedom on this one. It really shaped the way this record sounds."
Produced by Rob Schnapf (who has also worked with Elliott Smith, Beck and the Vines), Skiba says "I went in with really open and stark ideas, knowing that Rob would breathe life into the very vague ideas I had. I had written progressions and lyrics as well as some leads and key parts, but knew that what I was going to come out of that studio with would be completely different than what I walked in with."
The result is heard throughout the 10 songs comprising the brilliant KUTS. While the frontman will be touring with Alkaline Trio for the bulk of the spring and summer, he is committed to bringing the new material, and some favorites from Babylon, to life on the stage as his schedule permits.
The track list for KUTS is as follows:
1. Lonely and Kold
2. She Wolf
4. She Said
5. I Just Killed to Say I love You
6. Way Bakk When
9. Never Believe
More news on singles, videos and tour dates to follow!
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