By Alistair Rathbone
In an age of music where re- invention is the flavour of the month and finding your ‘genre-niche’ is essential to finding yourself sprawled across the latest cover of NME, it can be difficult to stick to your guns as a band, stylistically. Band of Skulls, hailing from Southampton in the UK, have done just that. Following the release of their debut album ‘ Baby Darling Doll Face Honey‘, Band of Skulls were thrust into the limelight with a slew of alt-rock hits which saw them supporting the likes of fellow cool guys Black rebel Motorcycle Club and The Dead Weather. Band of Skulls were the hip new kids at school, with leather jackets and a fistful of attitude.
But unlike some other big name UK artists also hit with the ‘cool stick’ (Looking at you Bloc Party..and you Bombay Bicycle Club), Band of Skulls proceeded to continue making the music that their fans knew and loved. They stuck to their formula, with terrific results. Album number two, ‘Sweet Sour’, furthered their journey down the road to success-town and has seen them playing shows and festivals all over the world.
Album number three, Himalayan, has just dropped and guess what? It’s another great LP full of Band of Skulls rock n’ roll, plain and simple. You can buy the album on Itunes HERE
Whilst that’s downloading, Bear Family sat down with the bassist/ artist of the band, Emma Richardson to discuss their new album and their upcoming Aussie tour.
BF: Hi Guys, First of all, for those unfamiliar with Band of Skulls, can you provide a brief rundown of who you are and how you all met?
ER: We are a three piece band from Southampton England. Matt and Russell met when they were at school and started playing music together as Matts dad had a drum kit and other gear. I met Russell at art college and joined the band as they needed a bass player and had a gig the next week. It went well so I stayed.
BF: Band of Skulls are pretty frequent visitors to our Aussie shores, what’s your favourite aspect of Australian life that keeps bringing you guys back?
ER: We got to hold a koala or two last time which was a highlight.
BF:A quick Aussie lingo test just before you get on the plane…
- Bogan- white trash
- Banana Bender – a fruit enthusiast
- Durry – a cigarette
- Snags – sausages
BF: Three out of Four, not bad!
BF: You’ve got a huge year coming up including a pretty extensive ‘Himalayan Tour’, a few massive festivals and all the other niceties that come with releasing such a successful album. What are you looking forward to the most in the next 6 months?
ER: We are currently on tour in America. Its great to back out here and to be playing so many great venues. Plus knowing we finish up here and then get on a plane to Oz and get to play our new record to you all is super exciting.
BF: With such a busy schedule ahead of you, how do Band of Skulls deal with the constant travelling? How do you all like to pass the time?
ER: We embrace the schedule. It gets quite addictive travelling onto somewhere new everyday. We look forward to exploring new places. Plus there are card game marathons on the long drives.
BF: Australian musicians are slowly building a bit of a reputation in the UK and the States over the past decade, with bands like Tame Impala and Jagwar Ma scoring goals all over the world- Do you guys listen to much Australian music yourselves?
ER: Yep we listen to Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, Tame Impala, AC/DC,,,,
BF: Band of Skulls have developed a pretty distinctive sound over the years, what can Australian crowds expect from a BOS live experience?
ER: Its a heavy rock n roll show with a lot of energy. The best shows are always when there is a connection with the audience and they are with you. Every night is different.
BAND OF SKULLS ‘HIMALAYAN’ TOUR DATES 2014
Tuesday, 17th June
The Hi Fi, Melbourne
Tix: Via Oztix
Saturday, 21st June
The Hi Fi, Brisbane
Tix: Via Oztix