Not many bands can say they’ve been together for over twenty years. It’s a marriage of sorts and requires the same elements of a successful union to make a band last.
Melbourne power rock trio Antiskeptic have certainly had their ups and downs over the years, but the love, passion and chemistry they share musically has been an undeniable force to be reckoned with whenever they pick up their instruments.
This was made clear when after a several year hiatus (to each raise small families) the band was asked to regroup in May 2019 for a show with US rockers Anberlin at Melbourne’s Forum. Not only did the touring company experience an unprecedented record for spike in ticket sales upon Antiskeptic’s announcement, but the rapturous response received from the audience that night provided enough of a shot in the arm to kickstart the heart of one of Melbourne’s much loved rock trios.
Formed out of the back of a record store in 1999, Antiskeptic shot to the forefront of the early naughties’ rush of exciting Australian rock bands like Gyroscope, Kisschasy and Parkway Drive. Hard working and independent, the band self financed numerous EPs and albums, including the classics Memoirs of a Common Man, Aurora and Monuments. All of which gained extensive airplay on radio networks Triple J and Triple M, including most notably the success of their single Called, which secured a prized spot on Triple J’s Hottest 100 and in turn opened the floodgates for a rapidly growing fan base Australia-wide created from a relentless touring schedule that saw the group play over 1000 shows across Australia and New Zealand and included tours with the likes of Midnight Oil, Jimmy Eat World, Dashboard Confessional, Jebediah, Bodyjar, Millencolin, Everclear and Switchfoot (to name a few!), as well as appearances at respected festivals such as The Falls Festival and Homebake.
The band also took great pride in fostering new up and coming Australian talent, taking younger groups such as Gyroscope, Kisschasy, After The Fall and I Killed The Prom Queen on some of their first ever touring experiences!
Brimming with an optimism so often missing from alternative music, Antiskeptic’s unique blend of anthemic and melodic rock cemented their position as one of the country’s finest live acts.
Following their return to the live stage in 2019 with Anberlin, an East Coast tour with indie rock legends The Get Up Kids as well as a huge sold out 20th anniversary hometown show in Melbourne, ANTISKEPTIC ARE BACK with a newfound fire and passion burning brighter than ever and set to wow Australian punters once again with a new album dropping in 2021.