To tell the story of Skydiggers is to tell the story of a thriving musical collaboration that was born in friendship and has abided with trust. Over the course of 15 studio albums and countless miles on the road, Skydiggers have grown from enthusiastic youngsters into husbands, fathers, and mentors. And while band members have changed over the decades, Josh Finlayson and Andy Maize remain its beating heart. With new collaborators bringing their unique musical histories into the circle, the sound of Skydiggers continues to evolve.
Their newest work, Hide Your Light, Bide Your Time (Latent Recordings), was recorded over a three-month span in 2022 at Baker Studios in Saanich, British Columbia. Hide Your Light, the first of the two six song collections was released on June 9, 2023, with the second collection of songs, Bide Your Time, slated for an October 13, 2023 release. The two albums will be released on a special vinyl edition out November 1.
The band’s early anthems about the uncertainties of youth are now joined by songs that wear the badges of lives lived and journeys traveled. Skydiggers music shares the stories of our losses, reminds us of our dreams, and paints an optimistic picture of the world the way we wish it could be.
Roots, Country, Rock, Jazz, Folk, and even Latin leanings are all part of the musical alchemy of Hide Your Light, Bide Your Time. “Recording on Vancouver Island was a chance to isolate from some of the world’s concerns and just focus on creating again”, Andy explains. “I think the record went to a different place musically than if we just converged in a studio down the street.” Whatever the style, the music forms a solid foundation for the enduring honesty of the songwriting voices of Maize and Finlayson.