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.
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.
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: