Band of Skulls Make Music for Strip Clubs (in a Good Way)

March 21, 2014 By:
Band of Skulls Make Music for Strip Clubs (in a Good Way)
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After a fuzzy, raucous opening set from Stereotude favorites Deap Vally, the British trio Band of Skulls took the stage of the historic Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles to deliver a blistering set of grinding hooks and crunchy anthems with nonchalant swagger to spare.

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The set list of Band of Skulls was made for strip clubs, and we mean that in the best possible way. Melding waves of throttling low-end dissonance with clever tongue-in-cheek lyrics, Russell Marsden, Emma Richardson, and Matt Hayward climbed sonic mountains with subdued gusto. They chugged through fan-favorites like "Sweet Sour," "The Devil Takes Care of His Own," and "Wanderluster" with ease, stirring up a head-banging crowd.

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At the end of this month, this distortion-soaked threesome will be releasing their third album, Himalayan. The single from the new release titled "Nightmares" has a haunting melody and a chorus that harkens back to the hazy melancholy of Pink Floyd. It's a single made for late-night excursions under a starlit desert sky. Band of Skulls performed the new track during their encore with feisty conviction. This U.K. group set themselves apart from a crowded room of modern rockers with clever, sexy self-awareness and a consistent ability to take catchy ideas on stripped down, heavy journeys.

Check out the video to "Nightmares" right here: