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Teenage guitar heroes The Skins, made up of
the Brooklyn-born siblings Bayli (18), Kaya (17)
and Reef (14) Mckeithan and their chums Daisy Spencer (18) and Russell Chell (19), operate at a level of hard-rock virtuosity that’s deeply implausible for a band containing a 14-year-old. This year’s debut EP quickly caught the ear of important tastemakers like Afro Punk Festival founder Matthew Morgan with its assured take
on Zeppelin-era heaviness.
[The Mckeithan siblings] have lived in Brooklyn for a little over 10 years. We’ve lived in the Bed-Stuy/Clinton Hill area and have lived here for most our lives. Our mother moved us here after living in a few other places, including Long Island and Roosevelt Island. Daisy and Russ only live in Brooklyn on Sundays from 2:30 to 5 or so, when we are having rehearsal in our basement.
Anything about Brooklyn that bugs you?
Bayli: Honestly there are a lot of little annoying things about Brooklyn that some would recognize as flaws, but I see them as characteristics that make Brooklyn distinct and amazing like the people that live here.
Daisy: The G train!
Kaya: The most annoying thing about Brooklyn is that there’s nothing annoying about Brooklyn.
Reef: Oh... I don’t find anything annoying about Brooklyn.
Russell: I would also say the G train, because it’s the only annoyance I’ve experienced thus far.
What’s the most insightful thing anyone’s ever said about what you do?
That we’re on the right path to success. We’re hoping they’re correct.
What’s next for you?
The next huge things were doing is finishing our full-length album and going on tour in France for a few weeks with The Heavy. Donate to our campaign to help us get there! (indiegogo.com/helptheskins)