Colorado Springs' Hydrogen Skyline Wades Through Vulnerability In Their Music

By: Annie Kane

Hydrogen Skyline are a Colorado indie rock band with one hell of a frontwoman.

Soft but strong vocals from Asher Skyline lace between keyboard beats by her husband Norman, all of which is backed by Mark (Norman’s twin brother) on guitar, Heidi on the bass, and reverberating drums from Kyle. This is Colorado Springs-based band Hydrogen Skyline.

Colorado Springs' Hydrogen Skyline.

Colorado Springs' Hydrogen Skyline.

Since their inception in 2011, HS has toured across the western United States, receiving numerous praise from the likes of UK-based XRP Radio, beat100.com and Indierockcafe.com. And in just 5 years, the group has released 2 full length albums, 2 EPs, and one deluxe album, all the while consistently selling out shows.

Frontwoman Asher Skyline in action.

Frontwoman Asher Skyline in action.

The five-piece indie/electric/rock outfit pull influences in sound from artists like Twenty One Pilots, Panic! at the Disco, and the Arctic Monkeys. But one refreshing thing that sets them apart is Asher, their fiery female frontwoman. Her vocals pepper enough distinction into Hydrogen Skyline’s catalogue to give them a unique sound, which ranges from Phantogram-like fast and dancey tracks, to stronger, rockin’ elements reminiscent of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

Hydrogen Skyline’s songwriting is worth mentioning too. Their “brand of melodic and groove laden compositions” results from their ability to be self-reflexive, with mentions of passions, loves, losses and continual changes throughout their music. Asher is also highly involved in animal rights activism, and local outreach for those affected by depression. Her ability to open herself up to others filters through her music and singing, and makes room for genuine songs.

Check out Hydrogen Skyline for yourself by listening to their single “Inhale”:

Peep more HS originals on their Bandcamp, and keep up with Hydrogen Skyline’s busy show schedule here.

-Annie

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