Formed in 2013, The Vaulted Skies is a UK-based four-piece band, performing and recording original music written by James AJ Scott (Vocals and Guitar).
For people who like The Cure, Nirvana, PJ Harvey, Placebo, Radiohead, Joy Division, New Order, early-mid-era Muse, Warpaint, Interpol and Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
Also for people who don't.
James AJ Scott
Vocals, Guitar, Songwriter
Keyboards and Guitars
Ben joined the band as a keyboard player, and features on many recordings in that capacity, many of which he also engineered. In 2016, he moved to guitar duties alongside James.
The long story...
Once described as the lovechild of Robert Smith and Boy George, the beard-afflicted, kohl-eyed songwriter James AJ Scott put The Vaulted Skies together in 2013 to satisfy his urge to bring peace to the galaxy through a fusion of edgy alternative rock and danceable electronica. Shot through with the dynamics of grunge and bouts of epic melancholia, the four-piece puts on a show designed to take audiences on an emotional corkscrew.
Featuring woollen-bespectacled lab-coat-attired Doktor Ben Singleton on a second guitar alongside Scott’s) the official line-up is completed by bassist Karly Snarly (who joined after answering an ad on a sort of Tinder for musicians), and a roster of superhuman drummers, such as Mat Hector (Iggy Pop, Grace Jones, Thomas Dolby), conjured forth from distant realms using an incantation of questionable moral (and health & safety) standards.
Over the years, the band's performance has evolved from what was initially shoegaze level introversion to something altogether more engaging, captivating audiences everywhere from pubs and clubs to large outdoor stages. The team that booked The Vaulted Skies for their first London performance at Brick Lane’s legendary 93 Feet East, reflected:
"The crowd went wild for their set"… "A rocking, huge set - they sure know how to put on a show!"
Career highlights include supporting David Bowie and Cure guitarist Reeves Gabrels on his 2015 UK tour.
Joanna sang vocals alongside James in previous bands and is to all intents and purposes, a founder member of The Vaulted Skies, having performed under that name with James before the fuller line-up was formed. Joanna remains James' greatest muse and most honest critic, for which he is eternally grateful.
Responsible for many of the photographs on this website, Pete Bilk was also James' musical mentor when he first started setting words to music. Quite the renaissance man, Pete also produces other forms of visual art.
Rupert "Roo Hobbers" Hobday was The Vaulted Skies' original wingman guitarist, and played a significant role in realising the sound James was after. He performed live with the band during their first two years on the circuit, and appears on a number of the band's early recordings.
Alex was in previous bands with James. Before Scott Bradley joined The Vaulted Skies, Alex stepped in to play drums on a number of tracks that feature on The Strange EP.
John Melia & Scott Bradley
John (bass) and Scott (drums) were The Vaulted Skies' rhythm section until 2016. Scott has returned to the line-up on a number of occasions, including the band’s first overseas show in Belgium in 2019.
Jager 'Bom' Bomber
'Bom' has played drums with The Vaulted Skies on a number of important occasions... The first being the band's support slot on David Bowie and Cure guitarist Reeves Gabrels' 2015 UK tour (because Scott Bradley was overseas), and the second being on the 2016 'NO FATE?' EP recording sessions.
Roger played keyboards for The Vaulted Skies in 2016, contributing to the band's 'NO FATE?' EP, and performing a series of live dates.
Martin Walker was The Vaulted Skies’ drummer from 2017 to 2018, and gave the band its first taste of gigging with backing tracks and in-ear monitors. He was also instrumental in the band signing to Alya Records for release of the ‘NO FATE?’ EP.
While Karly was otherwise engaged, Ben stepped in to play bass with James and Scott for the band’s first overseas show, at B52 Music Club in Belgium.