Skyways are Highways are a Melbourne band usually made up of four members, fronted by lead singer/ songwriter, Eli Hood, but for the launch of their third EP, I Found my Fear, Skyways stormed the stage of The Evelyn as a seven piece, and put on a show that was incredible for both new and old fans alike.
The band pulled out some old favourites from their previous EPs, Let Them Run Wild and So Young, that had the crowd dancing and singing along. But the the new songs that Skyways played shined even brighter. With I found my Fear, Skyways are Highways have created a more mature and fuller sound, paving their way for a huge future.
Holiday, the lead single off I Found my Fear is an infectious pop melody, and the crowd proved this when Skyways started playing it, by their ability to sing along to a track that had only been out for a matter of weeks.
Other songs like Demon to Brave and Would you still Believe in me were other stand out tracks from their new sound.
But, for me, the night was made when Skyways are Highways delivered to us an inspiring performance of an old track that is yet to be recorded fully; I’m a Storm. A softer, more emotional experience than is generally expected from a Skyways gig, I’m a Storm promised that we can’t take Skyways are Highways for granted, here we have a group that is going to be constantly intriguing and surprising.
Eli said to me afterwards “That was my favourite gig so far,” and it was easy to see why, the band that he put together, and the songs that he works so hard on have come together to create something wonderful. Whether they are playing as their traditional four piece, or lashing out as seven, Skyways are Highways have definitely cemented themselves in the Melbourne music scene, and with gigs like this, word will spread and it’s only up and up from here on in for this group of music lovers.