Back when I was a teenage nu-metal fan, “New Skin” was the song that got me into Incubus, which actually was a huge upgrade from some of the dreck I was subjecting myself to at the time. I’ll still ride for the Incubus song, but this new Torres song called “New Skin” is perhaps more in line with our collective notions of good taste and quality. Mackenzie Scott recorded the tune for Philadelphia non-profit Weathervane Music’s web series Shaking Through with a band including Sharon Van Etten, the War On Drugs members Adam Granduciel and Dave Hartley, and Ted Leo/RX drummer Chris Wilson. It’s in line with the mournful and bombastic alt-rock that inspired us to name Torres one of last year’s best new bands. Find audio and video of “New Skin” below plus a featurette about the recording session.
A different version of “New Skin” will appear on the follow-up to Torres’ fantastic 2013 self-titled debut, which is still on Bandcamp and is beckoning you right now.