Band of Skulls is a three piece out of England – Russell Marsden (guitar, vocals), Emma Richardson (bass, vocals) and Matt Hayward (drums). The band formed 10 years ago when they were all in college, and they released their first full-length album five years later in 2009 – “Baby Darling Doll Face Honey”. They had a few popular singles off of their debut album which spawned an international tour. In 2012 they released their 2nd album “Sweet Sour” and also had some successful singles. A few months ago their 3rd album “Himalayan” came out. The trio play a bluesy, gritty rock that has a mix of modern and retro in the sound. Their albums have a good mix of harder and softer songs. You may notice elements of The White Stripes and The Black Keys. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if the band followed a similar path as the Black Keys and eventually move up as one of the top current rock bands. The Black Keys hit it big 5 to 6 albums into their career, and Band of Skulls have the same potential. One thing I do know about this band is that they are going to have a killer greatest hits album someday. You can count on at least 3-5 great singles on each release they put out.
I first thought their newest release “Himalayan” was the weakest of their three albums, but it’s been growing on me the more I listen to it. They’ve tapped a different producer for the new album and it has a slightly more glossier sound then they’ve shown before. It’s also a little more down tempo than their first two albums. Oh, there’s also a great song title on one track “I Feel Like Ten Men, Nine Dead and One Dying”. Only time will tell if they eventually “breakout”, maybe after the release of their fourth or fifth album?
“Hoochie Coochie” – is an up tempo song and never fails to make my son start cracking up when the chorus hits, which is simply “hoochie coochie – ahhh”. The song is built around a simple and catchy guitar riff. Richardson handles the vocals during the verses until the chorus when Marsden barks out the title and then they harmonize on the “ahhhs”. That’s also when the best guitar riffs are broken out. The song gains intensity as it rolls along and then quickly wraps up duringits short 2:39 length.