Once you dive into SKYND‘s world, you’ll discover their sinister and creepy songs serve as an informative history lesson for those of us who are obsessed with true crime. In the past, the duo consisting of frontwoman SKYND and instrumentalist Father, have covered cases such as the infamous Columbine High School Massacre, Australian Katherine Knight (the first Australian woman to be sentenced to life imprisonment without parole for the murder of her partner), Tyler Hadley (who murdered his parents, hid their bodies in the master bedroom and proceeded to throw a party that night) plus many more (see their entire case file list here).
Today, they’re bringing to life the story of ‘Michelle Carter‘, the young woman who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter after urging her 18-year-old boyfriend, Conrad Roy, to commit suicide via text message. If this case sounds familiar to you, it only happened in 2014 and after her highly publicised trial, Michelle was sentenced to 2½ years imprisonment which was later reduced to 15 months + 5 years’ probation upon her release on January 23, 2020.
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What makes the song even more hard-hitting is the fact SKYND have taken the publicly released text messages and included them in the lyrics, thus creating a hauntingly terrifying experience for the listener. They go all out with their songs, researching for months on end to make sure every intricate detail is right and this is yet another example of what this band do so well. True Crime Music.
When we asked SKYND about her reasoning behind focusing on this case, she told us exclusively:
“I chose this case because it is controversial. It’s unlike any case I ever wrote about. Words are weapons and we should start understanding and realizing that. It’s a modern true crime case. This case couldn’t have happened in the 80‘s because mobiles weren’t ubiquitous then. You are now connected so easy. Just a message away. It’s easily done (texting) just type it in and send it. Easy. But words can have a big impact on someone as you can see with the MC Case. She could have helped him but instead she repeated herself over and over again telling Conrad to kill himself …. “
Find out more about the band and what makes them tick via our chat with SKYND herself right here.