24-year-old, DIY slouch rock musician Skinner (Aaron Corcoran) returns with another new wave, post-punk style earworm. ‘Commander Trainwreck’ is released everywhere Sept 14th.
About the song Skinner says “It all started when I was let go from my office job that I hated. At the time I thought “this is great, I’ll just take some time off and spend it writing loads of music then I’ll get a new job”, but it didn’t really work out that way. I ended up sitting around the house all day in my underwear watching stupid YouTube videos and becoming really depressed. Time is a funny thing, when you have it you waste it and when you don’t, you feel like you’re wasting it. I didn’t know what I was doing with my life. I was sleeping for 16+ hours a day and not seeing anyone to the point where my dreams felt more real than my reality. I think everyone around me just thought I was becoming this huge waster but the truth was that I was dealing with some complicated stuff and I needed that space to figure it out. So I invented the character of “Commander Trainwreck” as a way of embracing my situation. I wanted other people to know that it’s okay to mess up and if you need some time, then you need some time. I think everyone needs to be Commander Trainwreck at some point in their lives.”
The DNA of no wave and post-punk acts like The B52s, James Chance and the Contortions and ESG through to alt-rock touchstones Pixies and Morphine combined with an talent for grunge-nodding self-production and pockets of elevated instrumentation is oozing from Skinner’s music.
Singles Commander Trainwreck, Dog Daze and The Slump follow the Gunge EP on 12” vinyl, a collection of five singles released from 2019 to 2021, available now on Bandcamp from skinner97.bandcamp.com.
Previous singles ‘Dislocation’, ‘Beer Me, Jim’, ‘Sometimes My Brain is Goo’, ‘Slouch’ and ‘Headroom’ were compiled on the Gunge EP, a 2021 vinyl release. The songs have received airplay from KCRW, BBC Across the Line, RTÈ 2FM and 98FM’s John Barker and Skinner was a Hot Press’ 20 acts to watch in 2020 act and featured on Fred Perry Subculture.
Spotify chose Skinner as the main cover art for their popular An Alternative Eire playlist and has featured Skinner songs in playlists such as Fresh Finds Rock: Best Of 2021, Post Punk 2K and Hot New Bands.