The Reports: The Take Off Album

After the singles Wanna Be and Alive, you can discover the 7 other titles that make up Taking Off, including for example Spit it out, Taking Off or Something Wrong. Taking Off, an album where Tom Skilton and his Reports tell their stories, their experiences, their lives, English children brought up for beer in the recesses of the pubs of the perfidious Albion. Pure rock made in the UK, the one that runs naturally through the veins of our best enemies across the Channel. An album to be listened to loudly in a pub, an IPA in hand and the night before you to recreate the world.

Leave, an album where Tom Skilton and his reports tell of their stories, their experiences, their lives, English children brought up for beer in the recesses of the pubs of the perfidious Albion. Pure rock made in Britain, the one that constantly runs through the veins of our best enemies across the Channel. A rock with several influences like The Kinks, David Bowie, Marc Bolan, The Jam, The Strokes, but also Kings of Leon. An album that we would like to listen to sitting in a pub, a lukewarm beer in hand and the night before us.

A pub on the corner of a street. Outside a dark green shop façade, inside a parquet floor, on which there are benches and tables up against a wall against a long bar, from which beer vending machines protrude. A subdued atmosphere, enlivened by noise from discussions, clashing pints and swear words followed by outbursts of laughter.

It is undoubtedly in this setting that the decision to form The Reports was made. In Brighton, a city known as much for its coastline and its typical English pontoon as for its artists such as Royal Blood and The Kooks. Brighton, a city where you can hope to meet Hercule Poirot as much as a rock band growing up on beer. Today, it is the second option that interests us. But let’s back up a bit first.
The story begins in south London, a neighborhood that Tom Skilton and his parents quickly leave to move to Hastings on the south coast and then to Brighton because a friend of the mother goes there and the latter decides to follow her. The father plays bass for him in a punk band (The Daleks), and around the age of 12, it is determined that the kid should also be a musician. That’s pretty good, because in his new school, his friends have a band, but no bassist.

When the time comes to study, Tom Skilton remains in the artistic world and more precisely sculpture, at the London Royal Academy, before becoming assistant to Liz Ascroft, Tom Pye and Anna Fleischle on productions such as Porgy and Bess at the Royal Danish Academy of Music. Theater. But not to forget his love of punk, rock, beer and the crowded clubs of London and Brighton, Tom set up The Reports in 2016 while dropping the bass for guitar and vocals.

Like almost all bands, The Rapports came on stage first, played for the hometown crowds, The Alternative Great Escape Festival and opened for a sold out cast on Komedia. More recently, in late 2021, they hit the road and accompanied Creeping Jean on their autumn tour of the UK, visiting Southampton, Liverpool, Manchester, Brighton and Sheffield.

It was after a concert, even two, that The Reports met and signed on the Norman-based Noa Music record. What do you mean ? After attending a concert in Brighton, Skilton and drummer O’Conchuir suddenly decide, in the spirit of adventure, to go on an impromptu trip to France. After 48 hours without sleep, each pushing their bikes through Normandy’s bocage, a random encounter caused them to play at the Château du Vaudichon, not far from Noa Music’s offices, allowing them to meet the label team at the same time, suggesting that make entrance exams, tests that will lead to a contract. Finally, it was not that complicated.

A collaboration that allows them to announce their first album leave. Taking Off was recorded between the 4A Sound Factory studio in Normandy and Brighton’s Retreat Studios with sound engineers David Konopnicki, Andrew Lyden and Sie Medway-Smith, and was released on May 20, 2022. An album whose images are necessarily produced by Tom Skilton , and whose sound is inevitably reminiscent of England, its rock, its pubs, its beer and its terrible children.

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