Hamilton band set for Timaru show

NATASHA THYNE
Last updated 10:17 18/07/2014
 Laressa Shenfield
REVOLUTION: Heavy metal group Devilskin play Paddy Barrys Irish Pub in Blenheim on Thursday night.

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Caroline Bay will be rocking tomorrow night with one of New Zealand's rising bands taking the stage.

Devilskin are a four-piece band from Hamilton, who recently started touring their debut album, We Rise. This is their first time performing in Timaru, and according to lead singer Jennie Skulander, concert-goers can expect to be surprised.

She said the band doesn't just like to play music during shows. She said the shows are more like massive performances with onstage antics and band members dressing up to go with a theme.

Although definitely a rock band, Skulander said the band's sound is diverse, with "major contrast" between the soft ballads and screamo songs on the new album.

"Like being on a rollercoaster for the first time with a blindfold on."

Skulander has been hailed by critics as one of the country's top female rock vocalists for "her powerful and compelling voice and alluring stage presence".

At 14, Skulander joined her high school vocal group because she wanted to get out of science class.

"All of a sudden I was doing Rockquest and developed a passion."

When she was 16, her band won the Rotorua Rockquest and Skulander won the women's musicianship award.

She said making it in the music industry is very hard and all band members work day jobs.

"I look forward to saying I'm a fulltime musician."

This is the first big tour - 19 shows across New Zealand - for the band

Skulander said she will be doing things differently on this tour than on previous "mini tours".

"Not drinking on tour, eat healthy, exercise. I've got a lot of playing and not a lot of time off," Skulander said.

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- The Timaru Herald

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