Fresh off the back of a tour with the current Kings of blues, The Black Keys, Friday night in Wolverhampton brought the best up-and-coming blues Kings (and Queen) that is Band of Skulls to the Wulfrun Hall.
It’s difficult to A) believe Band of Skulls are from the UK and B) not imagine yourself drifting off into some kind of American downtown bar; whiskey on the rocks in one hand, cigarette in the other. But that’s the quality that these guys possess. They’ve got the ability of conquering the world with their almost-stoner like riffs and grunge-cross-blues anthems.
Opening with new album titler ‘Sweet Sour’, the band stamped their authority on the Wulfrun Hall within moments with its pounding drum beat and intricate melodic, yet head-banging riff. On the other hand, Band of Skulls proved their versatility with the delicate ‘Lay My Head Down’ and ‘Dull Heart Gold’, but others like ‘Bomb’, ‘Fires’ and latest single ‘Bruises’ brought back the intensity of their monster riffs and solos, which often saw guitarist Russell Marsden wander to the front of the stage to interact with the crowd.
The party atmosphere well and truly kicked in during ‘I Know What I am’ with a front pocket of diehard fans moshing appreciatively. This was quickly followed by ‘Light of the Morning’ and set closer ‘Death By Diamonds and Pearls’ – with the crowd as dogged and determined as ever to show the Southampton trio an atmosphere.
Returning for a two-song encore of ‘Hometowns’, taken from new album ‘Sweet Sour’, and first album favourite ‘Impossible’, Band of Skulls firmly cemented their place in Wolverhampton’s brains for the foreseeable future. Or at least for the next few days until the tinnitus subsides.
About Richard Franks
Spend waaaaay too much money on records. Strokes, Maccabees, Tame Impala, TOY, Peace, FIDLAR, Nirvana, Joy Division, Bloc Party, Death From Above 1979, Interpol, Swim Deep, Foals, The Horrors, Biffy Clyro, God Damn, Wavves, Surfer Blood, Wild Beasts, Drenge, Pulled Apart By Horses, O. Children... etc.