Band Of Skulls Tear Open SXSW

U.K. rockers Band of Skulls might seem like soft-spoken Brits when you talk to them, but put instruments in their hands and it’s an entirely different story.

The three-piece outfit shredded the stage at FILTER Magazine’s Showdown at Cedar Street this week, tearing a new one in the South by Southwest music festival in front of an enthusiastic crowd.

Opening with “Sweet Sour,” the title track off their well-received 2012 release, guitarist Russell Marsden and bassist Emma Richardson snarled through the song with crunchy riffs that had the audience’s collective heads nodding.

With drummer Matt Hayward destroying his kit as the clouds broke and the sun shone down on the ivy-lined Cedar Street courtyard, Band of Skulls launched into what Marsden called “the loudest and fastest song we have” with “You’re Not Pretty But You’ve Got It Going On.”

Band of Skulls pulled out fan favorites like “I Know What I Am” and a guitar-pounding version of “Light Of The Morning” off their debut album, Baby Darling Doll Face Honey, in addition to new single “The Devil Takes Care Of His Own.”

Band of Skulls channeled the rock gods with their SXSW performance, demonstrating that this young band is coming into its own.

Judging by the way they can sonically attack a show, that might be a scary thing.

For more information and to find a list of tour dates, visit Band of Skulls’ official Facebook page.


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