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In Their Bones: Band of Skulls talks

2011-10-10 12:39
Band of Skulls, a Blues infused Rock n' Roll trio from Southampton, headlined Rocking the Daisies this past weekend. Since the release of their debut album Baby Darling Doll Face Honey the band has been touring across the world, supporting huge acts like Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Jack White’s most recent project The Dead Weather.

But despite the extensive touring, playing South Africa is still an exciting venture for the band. Speaking at a press conference held at Rocking the Daisies, lead singer/guitarist Russell Marsden explains: "South Africa is so special, it's somewhere we've never been, so we sound really cool in front of our mates, because you meet lots of bands and we've never known any band who has played here before, besides Yoav, so... very exciting and if everything goes well maybe we can come back."

Band of Skulls just released their new single The Devil Takes Care of his Own which will feature on their new album set for release early in 2012. Speaking about the new album, Russell notes how throughout the two years that they’ve been playing they "got better".

"Things just kind of upped a little bit. The heavier songs are heavier. The quieter songs are more sort of ....quiet. It's a tough one, when you're recording you don't really know what to make of it. We had a comment from our label saying that they're 100% proud with what we've come up with, so it's kinda like 'fuck it' the whole thing can flop... we hope it doesn't but we couldn’t have done any better for our second record."

'More equal'

Russell also describes the upcoming release as "more equal" in that the band truly collaborated on every song, each  member adding their lyrics and riffs in order to compile a record that they describe as "varied" while staying true to the swaggering blues rock sound that they're known for.

The trio seem unfazed when asked about future aspirations as all three agree that for now the plan is simply to tour as much as possible. But questions about a back-up plan prompts Russell to answer rather philosophically: "Obviously when you're a kid you should have a back-up plan, you get sent to school and stuff, but I think we all realised that this was what we wanted to do...Almost not having a back up plan is the final thing that just makes it."

Band of Skulls rocked the main stage at Rocking the Daisies on Saturday night. Watch a clip from their set here:

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