Go behind the scenes of teen drama ‘Skins’ indie party

Get all the goss ahead of the tonight's internet only episode

TV series ‘Skins’ is set to return tonight (August 17) – on the internet.

The teen drama from E4 is broadcasting a special online episode via Myspace.com/e4skins from 10pm (BST).

The episode features the characters organising a party, and feature the band Foals playing live. NME was invited down to watch the filming, see the NME Office Blog now for a behind-the-scenes report and backstage video of the cast.

Plus, read our exclusive set report here:

A teenager sporting Klaxons-style trainers leaps into the air; girls in vein-compressingly skinny head-bang manically, and glasses-sporting virgin Sid – aka ’Skins’ actor Mike Bailey – launches himself into the moshpit like a bowling ball.

The reason? On August 2, Oxford’s Foals played teamed up with Skins for a party in an abandoned Bristol cathedral in, as the the most daring show went indie.

“We don’t want ‘Skins’ to end up like ’The OC’,” Bailey explains, ripping into a beer. “We want bands who play good music. We want to help bands break through!”

Bailey is in this Technicolor party-zone today to film a ten-minute episode of ’Skins’, the show about a bunch of pill-guzzling, car-sinking, über-shagging teenagers. This episode is will only appear on Myspace.com/e4skins, with the plot revolving around a very debauched party featuring a gig from puzzle poppers Foals.

“It’s about my character, Chris, deciding on a whim to put on an indie bash,” explains actor Joe Dempsie.”

While this is a one-off, ’Skins’ is in the throws of an indie revolution. “We’re going to get a band to play in an episode of the second series, which we’re filming soon,” reveals Nicholas Hoult, who plays main character Tony.

“It’s going to be The Enemy or The Pigeon Detectives,” interrupts Bailey, giving an NME.COM a heads up on the cast list. “I love both those bands! I also found out about Paramore on MySpace. Man, that singer is fit!”

Exciting stuff, but in an age when every corporation seems to be after the increasingly valuable indie buck, aren’t the programme makers jumping on the bandwagon, swamping us with more “commercial indie” The Cribs moaned about in these very pages. “It’s not bands selling out,” defends Hoult, highlighting again the show’s theme tune is The Gossip’s ‘Standing In The Way Of Control’ – hardly indie sellouts. “It’s just a good way for these great new bands to get their music heard.”

Not that the bands who kicked off ’Skins’ indie revolution have been juggling moral issues much.

“None of us watch it” admits Foals’ front-man Yannic Philippakis. “But this seemed like a good idea. We like the whole ‘house party’ vibe – we do that on tour a lot, so why not here?”

So, how far will this indie make-over go? “The possibilities are endless!” yelps Bailey. “Hey, maybe we’ll get The Enemy and The Pigeon Detectives both on the same stage at the same time!”