SKYND: “Sometimes it seems like the goth and metal scenes are painted only in black and white. I’m here to add a little colour”

More than anything, SKYND is passionate about about confronting taboo questions around mental health. While certainly not defending the perpetrators about whom she writes, she alludes to the idea that perhaps evil is best seen as a spectrum, and that every individual carries their experiences and traumas like a “backpack” where sometimes that baggage grows so heavy that even ostensibly good people are dragged into darkness. Jeffrey Dahmer and Aileen Wuornos are two of America’s most notorious serial killers, for example, but they’re hardly comparable: the predatory former tortured and killed animals from a young age while the latter suffered childhood sexual abuse, getting pregnant and being forced to give up her child, and complete destitution after being abandoned by family, before she broke into murderous frenzy.

“Even though a killer like Aileen feels relatively sympathetic, she was demonised and sentenced to death,” the singer continues. “That’s why the movie about her life is called Monster. I don’t feel like she was a monster. She was just worn down and eventually lashed out.”

SKYND might never be able to stop an individual slipping into that kind of bloody spiral, but in the same way that the vocalist and Father have found release through their art, they’re already helping countless fans around the world to find theirs. On one level, it’s about offering people with a similar fascination in macabre true-life tales an in-the-flesh community in which to participate, away from endless nights spent binging Netflix documentaries and surfing the darkest corners of the web. On another, it’s about pro-actively helping those who’re struggling. One day, that might go as far as having professional counsellors ready to talk with fans who need help at gigs. For now, it’s about emphasising how good it can feel to wear your weirdo tendencies loud and proud.

“I’ve never been a fan of just being miserable,” the singer concludes. “Why be miserable about these subjects that we really need to talk about? Before I met Father, people would always say to me the things I could and couldn’t do. Like, ‘You cant have green hair and go around singing about Richard Ramirez!’ Maybe they can’t, but I can. Sometimes it seems like the goth and metal scenes are painted only in black and white. I’m here to add a little colour.”

Help people. Do Good. Keep digging into history’s most inhuman moments to better understand what it is to be human. As mission statements go, maybe SKYND’s isn’t so macabre, after all.

“Exactly,” a warm smile leaks out from beneath SKYND’s unsettling onstage visage. “This music was always about helping people be better. If that’s something I can do, it’s all I want to…”

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