NYC band Girl Skin cut together an ultimate road trip mix
By Alex James Taylor | Music | 15 September 2017
This article is part of Playlists – Tunes to live by

Packing up his Chevy Astro van Sid Simons mapped a trip across America, hitting 22 states in just two months. What he didn’t plan, however, was that this trek would be the catalyst for a new project, Girl Skin.

More a brand than a band, Simons intends Girl Skin to stretch across music, clothing, zines, video-making, skateboarding and photography – this is empire-building on a DIY scale. Currently setting the pace on a musical level, Bailey Blu (drums, vox, piano) and Woody (bass, vox) join Simons to complete the three-piece. Having recently wrapped their debut EP, Girl Skin are bringing the noise that feeds the engine.


Here, the brains behind the band, Sid Simons, queues a playlist of his idols, influences and songs that’ll have you groovin’ until the early hours. Hit play and don’t turn back.

Searching the Desert for the Blues by Blind Willie Mctell
“Blind Willie = God”

Drop by Hope Sandoval and the Warm Intentions
“My bath song.”

Your Father’s Eyes by Marching Church
“My Favourite band right now.”

By the Evening by Benjamin Booker
“Booker is giving me some faith in this generation.”

It’s a Wonderful Life by Sparklehorse
“I cant get this song/album out of my head. Its haunting me. I Can’t sleep.”

 Swing Low, Sweet Chariot by Etta James
“Everything Etta”

You’re only Lonely by Micah P. Hinson
“My dad introduced me to Micah. My Dad gets it.”

What a Man by Linda Lyndell
“Took a road trip last year. Did 12000 miles. Listened to this song for about 11000 of those.”

All I Can by Sharon Van Etten
“Don’t know how Sharon isn’t the biggest thing in music.”

Every Time the Sun Comes Up by Sharon Van Etten  
“Just Listen.”

Move On Up by Curtis Mayfield
“Even the most uncoordinated person could groove to this.”

You Can’t Put Your Arms Around a Memory by Johnny Thunders
“He was a junkie and an alcoholic and also wrote the greatest song ever.”


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