[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Antiskeptic is a rock band based in Melbourne, Australia. The band has enjoyed over 10 years of successful touring nationally, releasing two full-length albums, three EPs and two DVDs. The band have toured with many successful groups, including Midnight Oil, Jimmy Eat World, Unwritten Law, Millencolin, MxPx, Jebediah, Bodyjar and Dashboard Confessional. Antiskeptic are known for their energetic live shows and powerful performances as much as the uplifting and encouraging lyrical content of their songs.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]
[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Formed in Melbourne in 1999, the band was originally only a side project for guitarist/singer Andrew Kitchen and bassist/singer Sean Daly who were at the time performing in another band name ‘Dispersia’, which later broke up and gave way to Antiskeptic. Initially named ‘TSP’ – an acronym for ‘the side project’ – Andrew Kitchen came up with the band’s name whilst treating an infected ear piercing; Andrew misread the label on a bottle of antiseptic and suggested it to the other members. Shortly after, Nick Coppin became the band’s drummer and the trio began to write material and play live shows. The band issued a self-titled EP in 2000 and complemented the release with a low-budget video clip for the track 60% Intentional, which was featured on Australian music video program Rage. The success of the EP and 60% Intentional saw the band begin touring outside of Melbourne for the first time, and scored festival slots at the Black Stump Music and Arts Festival in New South Wales and Forest Edge Music Festival in Victoria.
In 2001, the band released a second EP, Change My Ways which featured two forthcoming tracks from the debut album that was still being recorded by Producer David Carr. The EP also featured 3 previous unreleased songs and a short video clip of interviews and liver performances. In June 2002, Antiskeptic finally released their debut album. Titled Memoirs of a Common Man, the album propelled the band to new heights. Lead single Called featured on high rotation on national radio stations Triple J and Triple M, with the track and video clip also featuring on Triple J’s famous Hottest 100 compilation (CD and DVD, Volume 10) after being voted number 92 in Triple J’s Hottest 100 for 2002. The success of Called also lent itself to more festival dates, including the M-One Rock Festival with Nickelback, Midnight Oil and the Goo Goo Dolls and the Homebake festival with Gerling, Jet, Pnau and others.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]
[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]In March 2011 it was announced via the band’s Facebook page that its members would reunite for a special one-off performance at Melbourne’s iconic punk/metal venue The Arthouse to commemorate its closing. Tickets for the show sold out in minutes and the band was joined by fellow Melbourne rock trio Horsell Common. The band played a brand new song titled ‘The Kids Aren’t Scared’ and was also the first time people could purchase the full length CD/DVD ‘Goodbye Goodnight – Live at the Hi-Fi 2008’. Following the show, Kitchen and Coppin decided they wished to continue on following the success of the Arthouse show. Following a series of discussions, Coppin and Kitchen decided to re-form the band permanently, without Daly; “We got some feedback that Antiskeptic was the chemistry that we all had, but Nick and I were keen to proceed,” recalled Kitchen in a 2012 interview. “We all talked about it. A few days after we made that decision, Nick and I walked in on a new frontier. We had gigs booked, and with only two active members. A day or two later, one Bodyjar show was confirmed and we knew we made the right decision from then on.” Coppin also expanded on the reasons for the band’s reunion and why they would reunite without Daly in a 2012 interview; “weʼd had discussions about doing Antiskeptic again after The Arthouse show, but it was clear that he (bassist Sean Daly) was not on the same page as Andrew and I. This was the reason why things had finished in the first place, so after having had three years to think about the dissolution of the band – there was no way I was going to allow myself to be put back into that position of limitation and constriction. With all due respect to Sean, I now feel that we can lift off the park brake in the car and move on and dream again.”
In early November 2011 the band’s complete reunion was formally announced, with the addition of new members Tavis Wardlaw of No Love For Lexi and Ryan Mclerie of House Vs. Hurricane. At this time, Antiskeptic announced a reunion tour of Australia; combining club shows with festivals, including headlining performances at Easterfest in Toowoomba (Queensland) with P.O.D., Rapture Ruckus and Mercyme in April 2012, and Victoria’s Forest Edge Music Festival with Ivoryline in March 2012. The remainder of the dates will include shows at traditional live venues in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. The band also played a one-off show with its contemporaries Bodyjar and One Dollar Short on the 31st of March in Melbourne, to celebrate the limited edition release of Bodyjar’s landmark album No Touch Red on vinyl.
When queried on the future of the band, Coppin stated in January 2012 that it was open-ended; “the plan for Antiskeptic is to have fun. We are now in a position where we are open to anything. We have four dudes in a band that are passionate about playing music and performing for people and that is feeling really exciting and invigorating. We want to continue to tour, we want to record and we want to have a blast doing it!”
In late March 2012 Kitchen announced via the band’s Pozible webpage that the quartet would head into the studio to record an album which would be released in 2013. The band will be tracking the majority of the album in Kitchen’s studio and are having it mixed and produced by Forrester Savell (Karnivool, Dead Letter Circus, Cog).
Antiskeptic performed at the Black Stump festival in September/October, and was part of Newcastle’s 2-day CityFest lineup in November with Evermore, New Empire and Stan Walker.
Antiskeptic announced in February 2013 that Ryan Mclerie had left the band due to commitments to House vs Hurricane. He was replaced by Jarrod Salton of City Escape. The band played with MxPx on the Adelaide leg of their national tour in early March, before making a second appearance in as many years at the Forest Edge Music Festival, also with MxPx. The band began recording the new album in May.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]
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