“Cool enough for hipsters, heavy enough for metal heads, smart enough for muso snobs, Band of Skulls succeed in striking that oft-elusive aural sweet spot for fans of all stripes”—Village Voice
“…supremely heavy…”—Rolling Stone
“England’s Band of Skulls is the perfect mixture of style and substance. For over a decade, this alternative blues rock trio have been impressing just about anyone who gets a chance to catch the band’s distorted fuzz.”—Dallas Observer
“One psychedelic blues track after the other came fierce and had the crowd pounding their fists and shaking their asses. They were polished and practiced, but with a certain edge that only comes with the live show. Loose, yet controlled—the best way to rock.”—Houston Press
“Southampton natives Band of Skulls are no more than three on stage, but while they may be small in number, they are huge in sound.”—Filter Magazine
“...a heavy number perfect for getting you off the couch and out of the house, hell-bent on finding some adventure.”—Esquire
The official music video for Band of Skulls’ single “Hoochie Coochie” premiered yesterday at Noisey and can be viewed/embedded here. The song is from the U.K. trio’s new album, Himalayan, which is out now to widespread critical acclaim on Electric Blues Recordings via Kobalt Label Services (iTunes, Amazon). In addition to the video, a remix of “Hoochie Coochie” by Dan Auerbach recently premiered at Esquire.
In celebration of the release, the band is currently in the midst of an extensive North American tour. Of their recent performance at the iTunes Festival at SXSW, American Songwriter praises, “the blistering rock nature of these tunes indicating that the group…have pursued an altogether more arena-capable sound.” See below for complete tour itinerary. Additionally, earlier this year, the trio performed songs from the new album on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” as well as on “Last Call with Carson Daly.”
Himalayan was produced by Nick Launay (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Arcade Fire, Nick Cave and the BadSeeds) and was recorded during the summer of 2013 in Richmond, London at State of the Ark studios. It follows 2012’s Sweet Sour, which debuted at #14 on the U.K. album chart and received widespread acclaim—NME praised, “Proficient, precision-executed blues-rock,” while Consequence of Sound praised, “sizzles with muscle-driven, sludgy honest-to-goodness rock.” In the years since, the band has toured alongside Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black Keys, The Dead Weather, Queens of the Stone Age and Muse and sold-out two headlining shows at London’s The Roundhouse and Brixton Academy.
Band of Skulls is Russell Marsden (guitar, vocals), Emma Richardson (bass, vocals) and Matt Hayward (drums).
BAND OF SKULLS NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
June 5 Chicago, IL Park West
June 6 Detroit, MI St. Andrew’s Hall
June 7 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
June 9 Louisville, KY Headliners Music Hall
June 10 Indianapolis, IN The Vogue
June 11 Lawrence, KS Granada Theatre