Keeping up with her always dreamy and haunting vocals, Sara Rachele is back with her new band The Skintights and a new single “Motel Fire”, the title track for her upcoming album. On this track, Rachele—along with her Skintights bandmates Gyasi Heus & wWaylon—delivers a reverb-drenched set of atmospheric Americana, filled with alluring hooks, ethereal guitars and her unique jaggedly wounded vocals. The album’s hazy, slow-burning title track is the perfect example, mining the same transitory emotional terrain of Lucinda Williams’ Car Wheels on a Gravel Road and Neko Case’s Fox Confessor Brings the Flood.
The Skintights were born out of wedlock, on the dusty road from show to show. Sara Rachele + wWaylon were out on an East Coast tour, after their drummer joined the Navy, the simple pair made frantic calls to Gyasi Heus (aka the angel Gabriel) for help. He came in on the touring side, and the Skintights materialized out of pure musical frustration, hotel jock-itch and gear-shoulder.
Gyasi Heus, Hinton, West Virginia mountain clogger bluesmanm + wWaylon, tattling Marietta, Ga., bluegrass punk + angel-voiced singer/guitarist Sara Rachele equals the Skintights. Rachele, deemed “sublime,” by SPIN magazine following the release of her debut album Diamond Street, fronts this three-headed monster of a Los Angeles-based bi-coastal trio.
She and wWaylon connected when she was back in East Atlanta Village recording Diamond Street. The pair began writing and touring intermittently, as Rachele played the folk clubs with Lisa Loeb, Shawn Colvin, Melissa Ferrick, and wWaylon stayed busy sharing the stage with folks like the Ataris, Benjamin Booker & Robert Ellis. Rachele + wWaylon would write and record together on off days, and ended up with an explosively dynamic, semi-familial, semi-argumentative duo. They started singing each other’s songs as hat tips, eventually took the songs out as touring partners, and became fast friends.
Inspried by the lyricists of Atlanta, Ga.’s vegan and queer community, the two gained eventually covered poet Will Dollinger, penning “Motel Fire,” a heartbreaking tale of loneliness among loved ones, and enlisted the help of Gyasi Heus, fellow analog gear enthusiast, to add guitars and help with the arrangements.
“We’re like a super-group nobody’s heard of,” Rachele says. “A bit of an old-country Dolly Parton obsessed queer punk guerilla-militia girl-scout troop.”
When Sara Rachele + the Skintights recorded their debut release out in the Joshua Tree desert, under guidance of producer Chris Unck (Butch Walker/Gavin Degraw), all bets were off. A little wacky summertime Ramones, a little Lee Hazelwood and Nancy Sinatra, the combination of wWaylon and Rachele is a musical clash of old-country and rock ’n’ roll ear candy. And the slick yet erratic licks of Gyasi Heus and his Appalachian guitar stylings glue the whole thing together into a fun, honest and passionate release.