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Last updated: 22-Jun-20

Identity Crisis

Added 22-Jun-20 by Admin

For some time, certainly the last couple of years, we’ve been dealing with something of an identity crisis.

We’ve been gigging as SkinMechanix for around four years. During this time, our other band, Ion, has effectively been on hold. Truthfully, I’m not sure how that came about but I think it’s based in the kind of material we wanted to gig back in 2016, which was a harder, more guitar-oriented sound rather than the silky sweet, somewhat cinematic Ion approach.

Let’s not forget that Ion was tremendously successful in its day and, as well as a long line of well received live outings, they scored over one hundred and twenty film, tv, radio and game credits as well, and Future Forever is still a very popular title.

However, I think we were about done with the Ion sound by about 2014 and we stopped gigging around that time. I think we’d said all that we could with Ion or, at the very least, we certainly needed a break.

Skip forward a couple of years, to January 2019, when Tunnel Club approached us to do a support slot for their Northern Exposure event at The Little Buildings. We knew that the SKinMechanix would be too hard and aggressive for a club sound. But… we also knew that the SkinMechanix name was better known in this part of the world and had certainly enjoyed more airplay and column inches than Ion.

So, for the Little Buildings gig, we came to compromise - we would produce a set rooted in dance-based electronica but still go out under the SkinMechanix banner. That decision proved to be a very good move - Little Buildings gig was sold out with a waiting list for tickets and the gig itself turned out to be a lot of fun too.

A year or more down the road, what do we do? We’re facing a bit of a dilemma. Do we continue as one entity, SkinMechanix, and accept that the band has something of a Jeckyl and Hyde personality, even if that leaves the punters confused? Or do we dump the guitars altogether and just stick with the trance sound?

Or do we go back to the way things were with Ion able to focus on the dance/club sound and where SkinMechanix are free to return to their dark, subterranean lair on the outskirts of town?

This question has been nagging at me for a couple of months and it was time for a resolution. Consequently, we came to a decision over the weekend.

Ion will resume normal activities, holding on to the soundtrack filmic vibe but also taking on a more dance/trance/ club sound. SkinMechanix will continue with their darker, guitar-driven, angst-ridden Scandie Noir sound

Both outfits will return to working on film/soundtracks, effective immediately. We’ll also be updating the web pages over the next couple of weeks to reflect these changes.

Talk soon,

New release : Synchronicity

Added 07-Apr-19 by Admin

Following a number of difficulties involving the licensing of Ion's 'A Fall of Stars'', this album has now been substantially remixed and reworked into a new package, Synchronicity, which is now available on general release through all of the usual streaming services. (Amazon, iTunes, CD-Baby) as well as over on our BandCamp page.

Ion's Future Forever continues to do exceptionally well with sales well over 80000 copies. We're very, very pleased with this release.

Even Better News : A new Ion disc is in the pipeline. This new release will follow on from where Future Forever left off. In other words, it will form Volume Two of the Dust to Dawn trilogy.

Current Projects : Web Site Reboot & Rumblefish

Added 26-Jun-17 by Admin

Yes, yet another web site reboot. Honestly, those bozos in the Graphics department have way too much time on their hands...

This web site facelift brings us into line with the rest of the Thinking Metal site and also into the 21st century in that it's a mobile-friendly template. Hence, you should be able to view this anywhere at anytime on anything. That's the theory anyway. If it doesn't work then let me know.

Years and years ago, we signed up the rather excellent CD-Baby service. We paid our money and we got ourselves another release platform. We were finally free of the main dealers in the EM Ghetto. So we had a party.

Skip forward ten years and... as expected, sales of Future Forever have fallen away to virtually nothing, except maybe the odd cheque for $20 once a year or so, if we were lucky. This isn't unusual. All music has a shelf life. It's hot one minute and last week's news the next. So it goes.

So we were somewhat surprised when a royalty cheque turned up last week for an amount more than the usual $20. It was for... wait for it $50. Gee whizz. I can retire to the Seychelles on that. Not.

But digging slightly deeper, I figured that even at the scandalously low rates which streaming sites pay their artists, this amounted to a lot of downloads. Forty five thousand downloads to be specific. Don't believe me? I've uploaded a screen snap .. partly because I don't quite believe it myself.

Digging deeper still, I turns out that those downloads were generated via Rumblefish, who are a CD-Baby affliate. Thing is, I SPECIFICALLY TOLD CD-BABY NOT TO SIGN ME UP TO RUMBLEFISH because it would mess with my other licensing vendors. CD-Baby obviously ignored that instruction and signed me up anyway. I dispair. I really do. Magnatune did the same thing with the Orchard even though we specifically told them not to and... dear friends, that silly fuck up by Magnatune cost us our licensing deal with Shockwave Sound, who no longer return my calls or my e-mails. Gee, thanks guys. I feel so inclined to deal with streaming services again.

Anyway, ignoring the Rumblefish/CD-Baby stupid stuff, what this means is that somewhere on this small blue rock all adrift in the galaxy, an awful lot of people have heard Future Forever.

And that makes me happy.