A new rock band from York are set to release their debut single – and it’s already creating a storm on social media.
York duo The Black Skies are releasing their debut single Unchained today (Friday 20 May).
The song is already available to watch on YouTube – see below – and it has gained more than 100,000 views in its first week.
The band is made up of members James Handley (vocals) and Luke Falkingham (guitar). Both from York, they met at Millthorpe School and went on to play at various bars around York.
The duo formed The Black Skies in 2020 after realising they were both influenced by the same genres of music, and describe their sound as “a mix of melancholy rock and classic soul.”
During lockdown, the band worked with Reel Production Studios in York to hone their sound.
They have also caught the attention of a top record producer George Shilling – whose credits include Oasis, Primal Scream and Blur. He has mixed their debut single.
A spokesman for the band said they were “quickly becoming social media sensations”.
“‘Unchained’ is a glorious trip through the mind of disenchanted youth,” he said.
“Themes of mental health issues, small town angst and broken love flow freely through the lyrics of The Black Skies, and ‘Unchained’ is the perfect entry point for the unacquainted.”
The song is now available to pre-save on music platforms such as Spotify, Amazon Music and Apple Music. Pre-save the single here.