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Hershey, Pennsylvania’s THE APRIL SKIES are less capable of not making music than anyone you’re likely to come across. For founding member Jake Crawford (guitars/vocals), it’s simply a matter of not having a shut-off valve. “I’m always writing songs. There’s never a moment where there is not some riff or melody or some lyrics playing in my head,” he says. “I simply couldn’t stop writing if I tried.” With the exception of the occasional hiatus, THE APRIL SKIES have been steadily making music since 1988. Along with David Kemper (vocals/guitars) and long-time member Jason Leidich (bass/vocals), the band is still focused on producing urgent, listenable music that resonates with fans new and old.
THE APRIL SKIES deliver the goods not by imitation, but by a simple understanding of what it was that made bands like U2, ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN, THE CURE and fellow Hershey residents THE OCEAN BLUE so fresh and exciting in the first place, and folding those elements into their own sound. “That music is what we all grew up on and it’s truly ingrained in us. That’s why I think it’s so easy for us to sound like this,” Crawford shrugs. “It’s really who we are and what we do. We don’t purposely try to sound like anything.”
Pop Matters said about the band: “Watching this band mature into the juggernaut of pop-rock that they are now has been a joy. The April Skies soar as high as U2.” And the praise hasn’t stopped there.
The April Skies
Yet It Floats EP
The band’s most recent release, the Yet It Floats EP (released June 2013) displays a band that has continued to change and evolve but retains it’s roots in those classic alternative bands from the 80’s/90’s. With David Kemper taking over the lead vocal duties and Jake Crawford returning to the role as guitarist and creator of atmosphere, this band proves again their purpose is to continue to make timeless, moving music.