The Band of Skulls will be blasting their way into The Vogue June 10th. The trio, hailing from Southampton in the UK, is hitting Indianapolis in support of their third studio album, Himalayan.
The Band of Skulls might be more familiar to you than you realize. Several years ago they had a run of songs featured in television spots and trailers. “Light of the Morning” was featured in a Mustang commercial in 2011, and several TV shows used songs for trailers.
Their sound is varied, with moments of hard rocking anthems like “Death by Diamonds and Pearls”, blended with stripped-down, harmonious and tender songs like “Honest”- both from their first record, Baby Darling Doll Face Honey. The band alternates vocalists from track to track with Emma Richardson and Russell Marsden trading off.
Their second album, Sweet Sour, was a well-received follow up that perhaps lacked the commercially successful singles, but improved on their first release in many ways. Richardson, for example, was featured more on vocals this time around. The contrasting hard and soft sounds were still present, but in a tighter, slightly more refined final recording.
Their third album, Himalayan, was released this March. Himalayan builds on the successes of the band’s first two records, while bringing in a few more radio friendly songs. New single “Nightmares” is an example of this slightly new direction.
The sound of the band has been compared to those such as Led Zeppelin, The White Stripes and Queens of the Stone Age… but don’t let yourself get too caught up in comparisons- mainly because three albums in, The Band of Skulls has developed a unique and distinctive sound all their own. Their live show is full of energy that is sure to keep you entertained with peaks and valleys of excitement and emotion.
With several songs from the new album being prominent features on the current tour, now would be a good time to get a little more familiar with the band’s latest offering.
Lead single “Asleep at the Wheel” features the line, “Where we are going is anyone’s guess.” While their trajectory remains to be seen, make sure you’re present to observe where they are currently headed this coming Tuesday at the Vogue.