Skinny Bones is two guys and a world of possibilities. Band members Jacob Rosati and Christopher Stoppiello invent many of their own instruments, which they use to create a one of a kind, immersive experience.
ATYPICAL SOUNDS got the scoop from Jacob on the downsides of water-based equipment, and the best places to party in the Boston area.
You were recently named one of the Best Live Acts of 2015 by Jason Trefts of Boston Hassle. What would you say makes your live show special?
JR: We try to approach the live context in a way that works only for live performances, not just a recreation of the recordings. So we build our own instruments; we lust after large performance gestures and we favor anything that exposes our process a bit.
Your work is built around experimenting with sounds and makeshift instruments. Is there an outcome of this experimentation you’re especially proud of? Is there a time it’s failed miserably?
JR: We play with this homemade kalimba-ish instrument that has worked really well so far. Failures? Almost all of them. One in particular was this instrument we built that was basically a bottle with water in it that was hung on a spring. Sounded great, but mic-ing it was a bitch. Common water related phrases: “Oh shit, I have to go fill up my drum set!” or “Why the fuck is there water all over my gear???”
You recently finished recording a new album, and are currently working on a music video to support the first single. What would you like people to know about each? When will they be available to the public?
JR: Well, this album is mad different than the last. All of the field recordings on the record were taken on a trip I took to the Azores. The music is full of hobbling “dance” beats, wormy synth lines, and slow motion rap vocals. Oh and some sections that are sexy enough to make children to. Not sure when it will be out but when it is let me know how the children making thing goes.
There seems to be a certain amount of theatrics surrounding what you do. Do you enjoy creating art outside of music, or have interest in theater or visual art?
JR: Mmmmm we loooove performance. Chris is into photography and I am in to collaging. And dancing. We both love to dance.
Trimtab (your record label) seems to be keeping a low profile online, e.g. having a website with nothing on it but a Buckminster Fuller quote, an email link, and a link to a Wikipedia article that doesn’t really pertain to what they do. What’s their deal?
JR: Yeah right??? Trimtab has an imprint, but is actually mostly a lecture/performance series that Simon Remiszewski and I started. The series focuses on demystifying the artist and their creative process. A less cryptic website is (mostly) built and should be there soon.
What are your favorite places in Boston to listen to music?
JR: Live? I mean, the sound system at The Sinclair holds up really well and the dudes running it rock. But I’ve been really into these techno shows I’ve been throwing with some friends in Dudley at the Cake Factory. Just a huge warehouse with tons of rooms and absolutely no rules. I luv it.
Are there any musicians local to Boston you feel deserve more recognition?
JR: YES OF COURSE. There are way too many, but I think Dinnersss deserves more attention. He has been the spearhead of the techno nights at Cake Factory and a modular synth wizard. More <3 Audrey Harrer, FRKSE, HJOL, Citrusphere, Sam Franklin, Strange Mangers.
Are you planning to tour after your album is released? Will you be performing at SXSW this year?
JR: Yes! And no. Probably not South By, but we are planning on touring. Late summer? Look for a lil’ Prius packed to the brim with cables and wood. It’ll be great.