Day 428 - SKYFOSS: Down To The Wire

St Johnstone's official Scottish Cup Final song is a belting blast of powerpop from Perth/Edinburgh duo SKYFOSS. It features a supremely catchy chorus inspired by goalkeeper Zander Clark's last-minute heroics in the quarter-final against Rangers and a brilliant video.

SKYFOSS is a Perth/Edinburgh duo that formed in 2020. The band consists of Ewan Santer (vocals) and Jason Blyth (guitars and drum kit). Their musical influences range from Sigur Rós to Explosions in the Sky.

Jason, who is also St. Johnstone’s mascot, Brogan the Beagle on matchdays, began writing the song as soon as Glen Middleton scored his sensational free kick in the Scottish Cup semi-finals, although verses were put on hold temporarily when McCarthy’s late header threatened to put a spanner in the works. Most musicians who write cup final songs usually have more than a fortnight to put a song together, which made the production of the song all the more challenging.

There are three verses in the song. Verse one tries to capture the scene of a home match back when St. Johnstone played their matches at Muirton Park. Verse 2 paints a picture of what it was like pre-covid; walking to the pub, meeting your family members en route to McDiarmid. Verse 3 talks about the cup final itself; parking up near Hampden and walking to an empty stadium. It then reflects on those Saintees we have lost over the years that always dreamed of silverware but never got to experience it.

The choruses illustrate Zander Clark’s inner belief in the Quarter Final match against Rangers, as he ran up for the infamous corner.

St. Johnstone were happy to have this song represent the club for what has to be one of their most successful seasons in Callum Davidson’s inaugural year as manager.

The breakout star of the video is Emmy Heller, with her Dad Kevin also featuring in a cameo role.

Down to the Wire by SKYFOSS is available to stream or download on all major platforms.

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