Sunday, May 21, 2006

Black Skies at Slim's

If you think (like many of us in Raleigh) that bands from Chapel Hill aren't heavy enough, one listen to Black Skies will certainly change your mind. This trio is HEAVY and loud with a distinct Sabbath influence. Singer/guitarist Kevin Clark was in Snatches of Pink, and is known far and wide as the doorman at Cat's Cradle. Drummer Tom White has been in The Rails with Justin Gray and Johny Rock 'n' Roll, and was also the original drummer for Picasso Trigger. Together Kevin and Tom were in a band called The Man with bass player Michelle Temple. When The Man broke up, the three of them stuck together and formed Black Skies.

I took several cool photos (check out the Flickr set) and got two videos.

Unfortunately, because Slim's is pretty dark, my camera's movie mode doesn't work well there. The second one looks better; both sound OK, but not great.

Black Skies from Mann's World on Vimeo.

Black Skies performing "Aqua Dogs."

This was their second try on this song. "Aqua Dogs" was supposed to be their opener, but while playing, something happened to Kevin's amp head. They switched it out with the opening band's head, and tried again.

Another one by Black Skies from Mann's World on Vimeo.

I don't know the name of this one.


David said...

Hi Karen,

Don't you write for the Indy? Your name is familiar.

Anyway, I'm doing a bit of publicity for a podcast I recorded this week on Krimson News ( It features my work with the local band Smokin' Granny as well as my latest online distribution effort called BitWorks Music ( So, whatcha waitin for? Surf on over!

Take care,

Karen A. Mann said...

Hey David,
I used to write for them.