new incarnation of Skunkhour moved away from the rap and headed
towards a darker, deeper, rockier groove. The result was their
third album, 'Chin Chin', produced by Magoo (Regurgitator, Powderfinger).
Chin is a weird hybrid album with all these dark bits and heavy
intricate bits. We were trying to erase the previous personality
of the band" - Aya.
album (issued in July 1997; national #34 in August) produced the
CD singles 'Breathing through my Eyes' (May), 'Weightlessness'
(August) and 'Morning Rolls' (November). 'Weightlessness' logged
the #93 position on the 1997 Triple J Hottest 100 list. Skunkhour
issued 'Tomorrow's Too Soon for Goodbye' in August 1998. Percussionist
Chris Simms was added for live shows.
was relatively ignored by the Australian media, which resulted
in mediocre record sales. They considered basing themselves in
Europe, where their records sold greater numbers:
are leaving Sydney. The reason, says Larkin, is the difficulty
they have had achieving recognition, and record sales, in their
own backyard, despite an acceptance as one of the country's
most creative rock music exponents. "I've felt at times
we haven't been championed or thought of as a long-term proposition
by a lot of the media in this country. It's pretty hard to play
new music and get a go from most radio stations in Australia."
can't keep touring Australia because we're not Savage Garden
and we're not Tina Arena, who's music falls into a mainstream
thing - which is what sells. If you want to sell a lot of records
in Australia, you have to go completely into that mainstream
thing, and if you're in some other 'box', then there is a roof
and only so much you can sell. We do O.K., but we need more
people - that's Europe, that's America, that's Japan."