Skeleton Key

Talk about real industrial metal music. These New York-based "junk rockers" are just as likely to play a battered coffee pot, frying pan or Radio Flyer wagon as their "normal" instruments. A synthesis of clang-and-bang sounds and the gloom-and-doom lyrics of singer/bassist Erik Sanko, the Keys are equally at home in a modern art gallery or on a club stage. Their surprisingly fluid new CD, Obtainium, is more focused than previous records, but still the riddims are scattered all over the place like tools in a high school shop class. SK's off-kilter existentialism won't be to everyone's liking, but will appeal to admirers of John Cage, Tom Waits and the vastly underrated Fat Albert and the Junkyard Gang.
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Bob Ruggiero has been writing about music, books, visual arts and entertainment for the Houston Press since 1997, with an emphasis on classic rock. He used to have an incredible and luxurious mullet in college as well. He is the author of the band biography Slippin’ Out of Darkness: The Story of WAR.
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