Head Held High - Debut Album from Skram

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What happens when a singing hypnotherapist with a guitar and two exuberant teenage boys on banjo and drums get together in a recording studio? Listen to Skrams debut album "Head Held High" and find out!

Skram Debut Album

Skram has tapped into something that is like the ancient future. The music has grassroots of the past with a fresh new sound that is upbeat and modern.

If you’ve ever wondered what would happen if you put an experienced hypnotherapist and two exuberant teenage boys into a recording studio with a banjo, guitar and a set of drums, well now you can find out! Skram are an Americana style Hypno Family Folk Rock band from New Barnet who are soon releasing their debut album Head Held High, a collection of earthy, upbeat songs and instrumentals that will make your toes tap and your heart sing. The band has a rapidly growing worldwide fan base and the album has been produced by Paul Miles of London’s Select Recording Studios. In the words of one Facebook fan, “The music puts me in a whole different mindset… It makes me happy.”

Skram is made up of Darren Marks, a renowned London based hypnotherapist on guitar and vocals. When he’s not writing and recording music Darren is very much in demand for hypnosis and hypnotherapy in the central London hypnotherapy practice he has run for the last twenty years and his Harmony Hypnosis Meditation app is used as a self development tool by hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. Darren’s teenage sons make up the rest of the band with Adam on banjo and Benjamin on drums. Their producer Paul Miles also features on the album as the base player. Their sound is an eclectic mix of styles, reminiscent at times of Mumford & Sons but also REM as well as embracing many traditional folk and bluegrass elements.

“Lyrically the music has been influenced by both my work in hypnotherapy and hypnosis but also very much by my experience as a parent,” says Darren. “The idea was to produce songs that both uplift and inspire.”

It certainly seems to be having that effect on those fans that have already discovered it: “So emotionally charged”, “Love the family talent and your sentiment”, “How Beautiful” "Skram has tapped into something that is like the ancient future. The music has grassroots of the past with a fresh new sound that is upbeat and modern." are just some of the comments you can find on Skrams Facebook page and videos.

When asked about the project Benjamin the young percussionist, who at only 13 years old is going to be taking his grade 8 in drums later this year, talks about how much he loves drumming but also the feeling of satisfaction when listening back to finished recordings after a long day in the studio. The same can be said of Adam the banjo player, and when asked about his choice of instrument, an unusual one for a teenage boy living in London, he tells us that, “Lots of people play guitar and I wanted to do something different. When I saw a banjo being played by folk rock band Rusty Shackle at a festival a few years ago, I decided that would be the instrument for me.” You only have to listen to his rolls in Tenacity, Shining Bright and Nashville Blues, to recognise he has become a true banjo virtuoso.

“I’m really proud of my boys,” says Darren. “And completing a project like this as a family is a dream come true for me.”

The touching feedback Skram have received from listeners in the build up to this release also shows that this new London band really have something unique and special to offer with their happy, mellow brand of hypnotic folk rock and bluegrass.

Head Held High will be available on iTunes, Amazon and Google in June and currently can be ordered and previewed directly from the band themselves as both a digital download and CD prior to general release. For more info go to skramband.com or visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SkramBand/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRRRFI5pGUUx6G6tAinVbhg (search for Skramband on youtube)

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