Skeletal Family are:
Anneka Latta – Vocals
Stan Greenwood – Guitars
Roger “Trotwood” Nowell – Bass
Ian “Karl Heinz” Taylor – Keyboards / Saxophone
Adrian “Ozzy” Osadzenko – Drums and Percussion
If you want to know more of the bands history stretching back into the mists of time read on!
Being one of the more prominent Indie / Alternative bands from the early / mid 1980’s, Skeletal
Family enjoyed relatively major national and international success. From topping the National
UK Indie Charts for three weeks in Autumn 1984 with debut album “Burning Oil” (above other
contemporary northern bands The Smiths & New Order) to recording seven BBC Radio One
sessions for John Peel, Janice Long & Kid Jensen.
Their impressive live show at this time brought them to the attention of The Sisters of Mercy
front man Andrew Eldritch, who, after seeing a local performance, invited them as special
guests on their 1984 Black October tour. The next two years saw the band gracing the stage
with acts such as Siouxsie & The Banshees, Spear Of Destiny & The Mission etc..
Undeterred, following vocalist Anne Hurst’s sudden departure in 1985 following the release of
their second album “Futile Combat, the band enjoyed greater national chart success with the
singles ‘Restless’ & ‘Just A Minute’ via signing to Chrysalis Records with new vocalist Katrina
Phillips (from ex Specials Terry Hall’s band The Colourfield, single ‘Thinking Of You’)
This line up of the group disbanded in 1987 but due to the advent of the worldwide web,
reissues of earlier studio and compilation albums, along with a rapidly growing resurgence of
interest in eighties music & culture the band reformed again in 2002
Now consisting of original members Stan Greenwood, Roger “Trotwood” Nowell and Ian “Karl
Heinz” Taylor, i.e. the main songwriters of the band (all of whom were in the original pre cursor
to Skeletal Family from 1979 called The Elements) produced two new original studio albums
“Sakura” & “Songs Of Love Hope & Despair” alongside a third release on Jungle Records titled
“Day Of All Days”
The band continue to play live to this day, headlining alternative European festivals / events
which culminated with an extensive month long USA in 2018 coupled with one off appearances
in Brazil and Mexico.
2020 / 2021 saw the band utilising the Covid pandemic to their advantage. Alongside vocalist
Anneka Latta and drummer Adrian “Ozzy” Osadzenko the band recorded 19 new songs at Paul
Weller’s Black Barn Studios, Ripley, UK.
Ten of these tracks have been selected for the bands sixth studio album “Light From The Dark”
scheduled for release Spring 2023 via Chapter 22 Records.