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.
Collaborators, cohorts and conspirators...
The Vaulted Skies is proud to be associated with...
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.
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.
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 fuse edgy alternative pop and rock with danceable electronica. Shot through with the dynamics of grunge and bouts of epic melancholia, the four-piece (featuring woollen-bespectacled lab-coat-attired Doktor Ben Singleton, on a second guitar alongside Scott’s) puts on a show designed to take audiences on an emotional corkscrew. The line-up is completed by bassist Karly Snarly (who joined after answering an ad on a sort of Tinder for musicians), and drummer Martin Walker, who was conjured forth from another realm after an incantation of questionable moral (and health & safety) standards finally paid off.
Growing up in a multi-cultural satellite of London, Scott further attributes the diversity of the band’s sound to his childhood record collection, which comprised mostly movie soundtracks. It was through what was to be Brandon Lee’s last performance in The Crow that Scott discovered The Cure – a band also capable of genre-hopping and style-splicing to great effect. The Cure was the first band that inspired Scott to set words to music, and still sits atop the growing pile of other influences he likes to reference, including Nirvana, PJ Harvey, Placebo, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, New Order, Joy Division, Warpaint, Savages and many more…
So although by the Summer of 2015, The Vaulted Skies had released a “homemade” EP, and established itself well enough to captivate fans with headline sets of two hours or more, one of the band’s greatest career highlights to date has been supporting David Bowie and Cure guitarist Reeves Gabrels on his UK tour that Autumn, along with Lisa Ronson (daughter of Mick Ronson, another iconic Bowie guitarist). “It was a fever-dream come true”, says Scott.
The title of the band’s latest EP - ‘No Fate?’ - provides some insight to Scott’s desire to balance off the deep nature vs nurture subject matter with reference to one of the world’s greatest classic action flicks. In fact, just like Terminator 2, the material tackles existential angst with a desperate sense of determination and a maniacal sense of humour. But there’s also plenty of stuff in the band’s repertoire about psychic vampires, angels, unrequited love, betrayals, messy nights out and mental breakdowns, if that’s your sort of thing.
*From a review in Trebuchet Magazine 20/10/15