Skunkbone Releases New Album That Takes You To Infirmity

Skunkbone was formed in June 2020, but the members have known each other for years and have previously collaborated on musical projects.

The band’s members are Corey (guitar/vocals) and Raff (bass/vocals). Zac – Drums co-produced their new album. The lead singer Corey’s album “Infirmity” is essentially an open letter to the universe. The songs are inspired by his personal experiences with love, loss, mental illness, and substance abuse.

Listening to Infirmity transports you to another world, completely new world, which you must experience for yourself
Skunkbone and Mister Styx of Musicarenagh recently interviewed each other, and Skunkbone gave us glimpse into their lives.

Get the full interview below:



What is your stage name?

The band is called Skunkbone, but I (the bass player) go by “Raff” which is an evolution of previous stage names I have used throughout previous bands.

Is there a story behind your stage name?

The short version is that I used to go by “Seraph Black” as a stage name in the first performing band I was in. That changed to “Riff Raff” in a latter band, after which most people just started calling me “Raff” for short.

Where do you find inspiration?

So many of our songs are based around our own experiences through life. Love, loss, mental illness, both prescription and non-prescription drugs, etc.

What was the role of music in the early years of your life?

For all of us, music was definitely a saviour. It’s safe to say we all had a moment where it just sort of “clicked” that music could express complex emotions in a way that our words just couldn’t.

Are you from a musical or artistic family?

My grandfather was quite musically gifted and my father dabbled in guitar a bit, but overall I’d have to say I’ve probably done the most in music out of my immediate family.

How did you guys come together

Zac (drums) and Corey (guitar/vocals) have known each other since they were teenagers growing up in Brisbane. They even used to jam together. I met Zac in the mid 2010’s in Sydney, and shortly after joined his band at the time, Acid Nymph. Zac moved back to Brisbane around 2017, and I moved up in 2020. When I moved up, Zac asked if I would be interested in checking out some songs he’d been working on with Corey, and the rest is history.

Who inspired you to be a part of the music industry?

I wouldn’t say anyone inspired us to be part of the music industry. Honestly if there was a way to do this without being part of the “industry” as it were, that would be ideal. So much of the music industry is about playing the business side or trying to game the algorithm to get further.

How did you learn to sing/write/to play?

Some of us had a degree of music lessons early on, but most of what we do is self-taught.


What was the first concert that you ever went to and who did you see perform?

First big concert for me was probably a music festival called “Big Day Out” in 2004. It was one hell of an experience.

How could you describe your music?

90’s alt-rock. There’s definite grunge elements in there, but we really draw from a range of bands across that wierd and wonderful time in the 90’s where rock music was so broad an varied.

Describe your creative process.

Often one of us will come in with the core of a song somewhat developed. Sometimes that will be chord progressions or riffs for the whole song and most of the lyrics, other times it may be a couple of sections of music and a core idea for the overall vibe of the song. From there we workshop it as a group, playing with different ideas until we have an “ah ha!” moment.

Do you guys ever disagree about a lyrics for a project, and how do you guys work it out?

Corey is quite the wordsmith so we usually just leave it to him, however this whole project is very collaborative, so where there has been some ideas or suggestions they are always welcomed. We’ll usually try out ideas and see how they feel and which we prefer, then decide from there.

Why did you choose this as the title?

“Infirmity” is an album that touches on many topics, but everything connects to some degree of sickness. Mental illness, drug addiction/withdrawal, being “love sick” after a break up, etc. So we felt the title matched the content nicely.

What are some of your memorable moments?

We played an All-Ages show at a skate park earlier this year. That was tonnes of fun and definitely something new for all of us.

What are some of your proudest moments as a band?

Launching our album and seeing the reception to that has probably been the best thing so far. The support from our fans and peers has been unimaginable. Given we handled the whole project from recording/mixing to the artwork and film clips entirely ourselves, this has been very personal for all of us. So to have that so eagerly embraced by the music community has been wonderful.

How do you guys create the synergy?
We focus on being friends first. We clicked so readilly because we share so many interests outside of music, and we are just on the same wavelength. Next, we ensure to make music that we would want to listen to. We know that if we dig it, other people likely will to. Lastly, we always want it to be fun. If it’s not fun, there’s no point in doing it.

What is your main inspiration?

We each inspire each other personally, and I think it’s key that we all feel we are the least talented member in the band. It drives us to do better and hone our crafts.

What musician do you admire most and why?

I wouldn’t say there is one specific musician, but rather all of those people out there grinding for the love of music. The people doing it not to try and make millions of dollars or be famous, but because they love making music and seeing the light it inspires in an audience’s eyes.

Did your style evolve since the beginning of your career?

Given Skunkbone’s relatively short time in existence, we’ve not had a lot of time to evolve, but there are definitely early signs there. We’re currently working on our second album, and already we can see the development and improvements, plus the musical changes we’re feeling for this next go around.

The second album is definitely going to feel like the next step up while also retaining a lot of the core of what makes us us.

Who do you see as your main competitor?

Ourselves. The only people we need to be better than are yesterday’s versions of us. The rock scene in Brisbane is jumping off right now, and every single band we have played with has shown so much love and respect for one another.

When everyone works together to broaden the spotlight rather than trying to focus it only on themselves, everybody wins, both in terms of musicians and fans.

What are your interests outside of music?

I’m a gamer, and a big fan of horror movies.


If it wasn’t a music career, what would you be doing?

I’m certain I would be doing something creative, even if it wasn’t music. What form that would take, I have no idea though. I’ve never really been able to envision a life without performing music being part of it.

Skunkbone Releases New Album That Takes You To Infirmity

What is the biggest problem you have encountered in the journey of music?

Self doubt. We’ve always made an effort to stay humble, despite having achieved some things that we had always considered to be pipe dreams. Unfortunately that can sometimes manifest as bouts of imposter syndrome where we feel we may not be as good as the fans seem to think, or that we don’t deserve our success.

If you could change one thing in the music industry, what would it be?

If I could snap my fingers and just Thanos one thing out of the music industry, it would be greedy businesses whos only goal is to make profits for their shareholders by cornering the market and not paying artists what they are worth.


What are your plans for the coming months?

Right now were are working on demos for our second album. We have about 12 songs written right now, but we really want to ensure that only the best stuff gets released so will probably keep writing until we feel we have a full album of the strongest material we can produce right now.

Do you have any artistic collaboration plans

Nothing specific, but we’re always open to discussions about it, and I’m sure we’ll end up having some great collaborations or features at one stage or another.

What message would you like to give to your fans?

Fuck the system, be true to yourself, and never stop never stopping.

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