Aledo Times Record - Aledo, IL
UK's Band Of Skulls Have All The Right Stuff
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By Matt Rowe
Jan. 13, 2014 12:01 a.m.

In the UK, there is an alternate band by the name of Band Of Skulls. Well, these days, I think alternative is an overused phrase, but in the case of Band Of Skulls, the designation seems to work. The reason is that, with alternative music, it seems all music is such. Band Of Skulls bring an old school style of Rock and Roll back into the fray. And for a lot of us, that's something we miss, some of us dearly.
Band Of Skulls got their start back in 2009 after the release of their excellent debut album, Baby Darling Doll Face Honey. Formed by schoolmates, the band consists of one woman (Emma Richardson - bass/vocals), and two men (Russell Marsden - guitars/vocals, Matt Hayward - drums). That album kicks off with familiar '70s-styled Rock on "Light Of The Morning". Honestly, that song even has a feel of The Beatles in its structure. The rest of the album is a heavy stage of music that should easily appeal to several generations of Rock lovers. The lead guitar breaks are there, the heavy bass, the pounding drums, they're all there. I can't recommend enough that you give it a listen on whatever legal methods you use these days to access good music.
In 2012, a few years after that debut, the trio released a new album. Called Sweet Sour, the album was a noticeably contagious maturity throughout its ten fiery tracks. Their style becomes more metal, thus aligning themselves with the times they exist in. However, they blend in early styles well enough making a critically respected set that sold well among fans. Quite simply, there's not a bad song on it. Like the first album, I recommend it highly.
Fast forward to 2014. The band has released a new - and compelling - single from their upcoming new album, Himalayan. The new single, called "Asleep At The Wheel" can be heard below on the YouTube link. "Asleep At The Wheel" is a hard-driving song that opens the new album. Himalayan will contain twelve high-powered tunes that should easily make many of you new fans. Himalayan will make for excellent "windows-down" summer driving music, as will any of their albums. After hearing any of the previous albums, or the new single, I have no doubt that you will be anticipating the new set of songs from the fast-rising Band Of Skulls
The twelve track album is scheduled for release in the US on April 1 on CD, DD (digital download). and vinyl LP.
I hope you'll enjoy them.

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