The Skating Party
It is a snowy evening of the close of two thousand and eleven, standing atop 30th Street Bridge which divides Center City from West Philadelphia. He shakily clenches a large chest full of memories, which contents include several independent released albums from prior bands, high school suicide notes, lyric sheets, dungeon dice, and an empty pint of Jack Daniels for the walk. Within minutes, the remnants are tossed in the Schuykill River as midnight strikes, and the city comes alive with excitement, as a new year unfolds…
“The Skating Party” is the recording project and moniker of Philadelphia multi-instrumentalist, Gregory James. The project began as an outlet to record a collection of accumulated songs stemming from the experiences of a struggling musician, to past memories of local skating parties, where broken hearts lay next to battered arcade scores. While recording and touring with other acts, (Fantastic Planet, Ohm Brellas, Blue Sinatra) Gregory has been consistently crafting catchy melodies over ambient sounds and danceable rhythms in his home studio, since his self-released debut, “Pinbot Wizard.”
The 2013 follow up, “Done with Errors," continues right where he left off, showcasing an array of influences from Prince-esque synths and Linn Drum beats, to layered guitar hooks in the like of the Cocteau Twins and the Cure. Each song tends to travel at an up-tempo pace, and danceable direction, while lyrically emoting a feeling of confusion and loss.
Over the years, Gregory has worked with producers Brian McTear (Hail Social, Matt Pond) and Ryan & Paul of “the Cobbs,” (Kasabian, War on Drugs), fronted several bands, and toured relentlessly through the U.S. Whether hitting the grimiest dive bars on the lower East Side, to doing shots backstage with the likes of “Gym Class Heroes,” and “My Morning Jacket,” he has actively remained a prevalent staple on the highly competitive music scene in Philadelphia and beyond. “The Skating Party,” has recently put together a “live” show to tour in the Spring/Summer of 2013 to promote “Done with Errors.”