The main thing Skip Intro proved in their one-year existence is that if you really want to, you can do it. By winning some regional competitions, supporting acts like VanKatoen and The Answer and performing at festivals like Huntenpop and Appelpop, they’ve received a lot of attention and a small, but loyal, fan-base. Shortly after Mo Assem, Robert Polhout and Vincent Vreeke formed this energetic live-band, they released their first EP and now it’s already time to release their second one. Live they’ve already proved to be one hell of a party-machine, but did they manage to put that energy into their EP Face It?
The answer on the above mentioned question is definitely a “hell yeah!”. After a short, but powerful intro, ‘Overdose’ kicks in hard. I’ve heard this song many times live now and this has always been one of my favorite tracks. On this EP the song fortunately is just as heavy and energetic as they play it live. The vocals of Mo Assem are really good and especially the drums of Robert Polhout are outstanding. With the track ‘Crawl!’ they manage to create a vibe a la Rage Against The Machine, because of the use of a megaphone and with ‘Scum’ they present the listener another up-tempo song with a lot of power in it. The only negative point about ‘Scum’ are the vocals at some points. It certainly isn’t really bad or something, but Mo’s raw voice is just way better than when he tries to sing completely clean.
With the Foo Fighter-like ‘Energy’ and with ‘Squish’ – which is also used as closing track of their live set – Skip Intro comes to an end of their second EP. An EP to be proud of I you ask me. I can recommend this band to everybody who likes raw alternative rock music and if they play a festival or club near you: go and face them!
Robert Polhout – Drums, Percussion
Vincent Vreeke – Bass