Sometimes, true life is scarier than anything a horror movie can conjure up. Rammstein knew that when the wrote their song “Mein Teil”, which was about the notorious Armin Meiwes cannibalism case out of Germany. The Killers refreshed listeners about Jennifer Levin, an 18-year-old who was murdered and whose story was the foundation of “Jenny Was a Friend of Mine”. Bruce Springsteen‘s “Nebraska” was about 19-year-old Charles Starkweather who went on a killing spree in Nebraska and Wyoming along with his 14-year-old girlfriend. Today, another song enters that subgenre with SKYND‘s “Tyler Hadley”.
The song is based on the true story of Tyler Hadley, who murdered his parents in 2011, hid their bodies in the master bedroom, and then threw a party while their blood was still fresh on the walls upstairs. Because he was 17-years-old at the time of the crimes, he was not allowed to be sentenced to death per Florida law. However, he was originally sentenced to life without parole, a sentence that was later changed to life with the possibility of parole.
Explaining what made this story so interesting, the band states, “He developed the idea to kill his parents so he didn’t have to ask for permission anymore. He ended up having a party in the house that dead bodies were in, so it’s really creepy.”
SKYND is the electronic/industrial project comprised of singer Skynd and producer/multi-instrumentalist Father. As they explain it, they derive inspiration from, “…inexplicable and brutal criminal cases, and the mystery surrounding unsolved deaths.”
Together, they have released two EPs, both of which can be found on Bandcamp. “Tyler Hadley” appears on Chapter II EP.
The video for “Tyler Hadley” was directed by Manolo Zacate & Fabio Stecher.