If you’re into bands like The Black Keys, The Kills, or The Dead Weather, you might want to pay attention to U.K. rockers Band of Skulls. This group has little more than a sophomore release under their belt, and a hell of a lot of touring, but has managed to explode on the international circuit after appearing on a global iTunes Single of the Week and the Twilight: New Moon Soundtrack. Their debut album, Baby Darling Doll Face Honey was a far more intimate and subdued Band of Skulls, while their latest release, Sweet Sour has them taking their sound by the balls and raising it a few notches – a move, we think, that suits their sound quite well.
Comprised of Matthew Hayward on drums, Russell Marsden on guitar and vocals and Emma Richardson on bass and vocals, the trio often cites their hometown of Southampton as a source of inspiration. It was there where they started a night called Club Skull at Southampton’s Talking Heads venue, where they hosted artists including Anna Calvi, Thomas Tantrum and Jim Jones Revue and saved the headline slot for themselves. They built a solid following during their residency, but it wasn’t until a Bonnaroo appearance that the new album’s sound came to fruition. “The new songs went down so well there we decided to incorporate some of the mistakes and mishaps into the studio versions,” says Marsden. “We had Ian [Davenport, returning Baby Darling… producer] jumping on top of our Fender amps to recreate one bit where the reverb was crackling and making weird noises. All the gear still had the dust and mud on it from the festival, so the dirt was there – a bit of filth from the road that made it onto the record.” -BOS Website
I first discovered this band as a result of some fellow music heads telling me to listen to their latest release. It has quickly become one of my favorite rock albums in recent years and I can’t wait to see what kind of performance they deliver this Friday at Mr. Smalls. Their ballads are just as solid as their harder tunes, so come prepared to pay attention and really get into the music.
If you don’t know much about the band, I would recommend starting out with two tracks from their latest album, 2012′s Sweet Sour and then easing into their debut release once you get hooked.
Two very different songs, one kick ass band! Check them out this Friday with special guests The Beauregards at Mr. Smalls. Doors are at 7, show starts at 8. Tickets can be purchased here.