Formed in 1995 the original line up of SKETTY was Gareth Sketty (vocals and guitar), Nathan Jones (drums) and Vanessa Marlowe (bass). The band produced a number of recordings in the mid to late nineties which included tracks such as ‘Call Me In’, ‘Bomb’ and ‘Fantastic’.
The band performed many shows in and around London and SKETTY were a part in the Camden scene, playing at venues including The Camden Monarch, Barfly, HQs and up the road at the 100 Club.
The band were sometimes supported by drag acts and SKETTY even played a cameo in a Japenese soap opera. SKETTY featured in scores of fanzines that were popular at the time, most notably the Manic Street Preachers publication REPEAT as well as gaining popular support from fan club networks for bands such as Radiohead and The Fall.
After a rave review from journalist Simon Williams of the NME, the band received national radio play on a number of stations including Radio 1 where Steve ‘Lammo’ Lamacq played the demo of ‘Call Me In’ a few nights a week on his evening show. The band was also played on indie/ alternative radio station XFM. One track ‘Mad About’ was also used briefly as a jingle on Tommy Boyd’s show on TalkRadio.
The band caught the attention of some well known names in the business and went into the studio at Ealing Film Studios and Island Publishing. Popular with the music industry crowd SKETTY courted numerous record companies at the time. By 2000 the band played University gigs around the UK.
Their music made its way to the college radio scene. Later songs like ‘Fits and Rage’ released in 2000 was aired a number of times on XFM. In the early 2000s the original line-up split.
Gareth Sketty went onto record solo material, whilst also playing as a member of the mod band ‘Slater’ with drummer Nathan Jones.
In 2003 Gareth Sketty and Nathan Jones (drums) re-formed and started the Art-Punk 3-piece band JACKIE, where they were joined by Jones’ his twin brother Syd. JACKIE went on to produce a well-received material, played regularly around the home counties of England and again received positive reviews in the NME. JACKIE also appeared on a number of compilation albums, which included a promotional album produced by Virgin in the US.
By the late 2000’s Gareth Sketty began to focus on multi-media and film making. Influenced by bands like: Sonic Youth, Nick Cave, Jane’s Addiction. As well as by filmmakers like Richard Kern and the legendary Nick Zedd.