When baby boomers cringe at the likes of what has become popular music today, they have yet to be introduced to Southampton’s Band of Skulls.
Band of Skulls simply is a torrid depiction of modern rock and roll. They can sing with ear-melting charisma, play guitar with a mellifluous talent and have the ability to embrace their fans with their raw lyrics. Band of Skulls stays true to the enigmatic tour de force that is rock and roll music.
“I think for anyone starting out, as a kid, music is quite accessible because you can just pick up a guitar and express yourself and make a noise,” said lead vocalist Russell Marsden. “Even if it’s a little out of tune to start, it can tend to be the best thing. Music is quite unpretentious and anyone can have a go at it, which is why I think rock and roll is still alive.”
After completing their second album and taking a two-year hiatus, Band of Skulls returned this year with the grungy, yet melodic album, Himalayan. Inspired by the Beatles and Jimi Hendrix, Russell said his favorite track off the new album is “Hoochie Coochie”, an intangibly catchy alternative song with searing guitar riffs. The band introduced this fresh material to fans at KROQ's Red Bull Sound Space.
“Charles Watts from the Rolling Stones said it perfectly … he said being in a rock band is about 1 percent playing gigs and 99 percent hanging around waiting to play. There is a lot of traveling and preparation,” Russell said.
When going into the studio, Band of Skulls had a clear idea of what they wanted. “We wanted a record that was kind of like a punch in the face!” Russell said.
Well, Band of Skulls emphatically accomplished its mission.