Introducing…Band of Skulls
Line-up: Matthew Hayward (Drums), Russell Marsden (Guitar & Vocals) and Emma Richardson (Bass Guitar & Vocals).
Origin: Southampton, UK.
Vibe: A gritty mix of guy-girl bluesy vocals, Bonzo-style drum bashing, and scuzzy guitar.
Although this distinct Southampton three piece’s album ‘Baby Darling Doll Face Honey’ made its debut back in 2009, it initially made more of a ripple than a splash upon its release which quite possibly fell on not only deaf but, unknowing ears as well.
After being plucked from obscurity for an iTunes ‘Single of The Week’ campaign, this album is currently making tidal waves, practically washing away the competition and generating the kind of hype that should be believed.
Influences: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Datsuns, British Invasion, Bonnie Raitt, Muddy Waters.
Sounds like: The White Stripes, The Kills, The Dead Weather, Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
Background: The three members of Band of Skulls first met at college and quickly discovered that having two lead singers and three songwriters in a band was always going to present unlimited possibilities. With their creative process and sonic path fully intact the band quickly established themselves in the music and art community with a series of culturally inspired club nights in Southampton, London and further afield in Moscow and Tokyo.
The band, previously known as Fleeing New York, were working on new demo’s in late November 2008 at Courtyard Studios in Oxfordshire when their paths crossed with an international collective based in London, Montreal and LA who are now, in a very modern way, partners with the band.
Soon followed more studio time, which formed the basis of their debut album, ‘Baby Darling Doll Face Honey’. With a working relationship sealed with a handshake the album was recorded, mixed and mastered from January through to March 2009 before contracts had time to be signed.
From that point on, the progression of events from Southampton to global recognition happened at lightning speed for Band of Skulls. Their music came to the attention of iTunes and made such an impact they were selected for the coveted iTunes Single of the Week campaign in April with the debut single ‘I Know What I Am’. Their single ‘Friends’ was then selected to feature on the New Moon (sequel to Twilight) soundtrack pushing Band of Skulls.
Will Band of Skulls’ good luck streak continue through 2010? Only time will tell…
Listen: Buy ‘Baby Darling Doll Face Honey’ at zavvi.com
You can catch Band of Skulls in the UK during February and supporting Black Rebel Motorcycle Club in the US during March and April.