Sept. 4, 2003

Skrape Plans to “Up the Dose”

By Randy J. Klodz

Skrape, which earned its early road marks by touring with bands as heavy as Pantera, Slayer and Disturbed while touring behind the metal heavy 2001 debut “New Killer America,” will set out on the road touring with the likes of Ill Nino, Spineshank and 40 Below Summer. The tour is set to hit the Chicago area at Oasis One Sixty on Sept. 14.

The Florida-based quintet--which is comprised of Billy Keeton on vocals, Randy Melser and Brian Milner on guitars, Pete Sison on bass and Will Hunt on drums--plans to debut some material from the forthcoming “Up the Dose,” which is scheduled to hit store shelves on Oct. 7.

Skrape will hit town this time around with three heavy-hitting bands, all of which have a unique style, but all share a similar crowd. “Each of the bands have their own element,” Hunt confirmed, “but they are kind of similar in sound. It would be nice to be in front of some crowds that really like this music.”

Though the new album displays the band’s leanings toward the heavy with “Stand Up (Summer Song)” and “My Life,” the band seems to be moving toward being more melodic with songs such as “I Can’t Breathe ” and the orchestral “Searching for Home.”

It may seem odd for a ballad such as “Searching for Home” to appear on a Skrape album, but the song’s quiet, yet emotion-filled lyrics may create a pounding heavier than any machine-gun power chords could. According to Hunt, the song has been around for several years and details a tough period of time where some of the current band members were members of different bands and were reduced to “sleeping on people’s couches” to make ends meet.

But when it comes down to it, “Searching for Home,” may be exactly what the band ordered if they are to become a more diverse rock act. “The first record [“New Killer America”] was a little one-dimensional for us. We just decided this time around that we wanted to create more of a roller coaster, so to speak,” Hunt said, “we wanted to make it with some highs and lows.”

“I think that it makes for a little bit more of a palatable album that you can just leave on. You don’t have to take it out if you get sick of banging your head, it will just take it to the next place.”
Oasis One Sixty as at 160 W. Joe Orr Rd. in south suburban Chicago Heights. Tickets for this all-ages show are listed for $15 each, with start time listed as 6 p.m. For more information on the band, visit
Skrape Photo: RCA Records