New album By Default To Be Released May 27th On BMG
Band set to perform at Victoria’s Rifflandia Festival (September 11-14)
The video for “So Good,” the latest track to be revealed off Band of Skulls’ upcoming new album By Default, is streaming now. The song sees bassist and vocalist Emma Richardson take lead vocal and further displays the band’s foray into new territory following the recent premiere of “Killer.” The band summarizes the Jack Lightfoot directed video as “birds of prey on the prowl, neon roller electric boogaloo, a pulse and cherry red whirl or two, it’s So Good for you!” By Default will be released May 27 on BMG, the band’s debut with the label.
Produced by Gil Norton (Pixies, Foo Fighters, Patti Smith) and recorded in Rockfield Studios, By Default is the follow up to 2014’s Himalayan which Rolling Stone hailed as “supremely heavy” while Village Voice furthered “Cool enough for hipsters, heavy enough for metal heads, smart enough for muso snobs, Band of Skulls succeed in striking that oft-elusive aural sweet spot for fans of all stripes.”
The record came about via a conscious decision from the British trio to take a step back from their relentless worldwide touring schedule (having never spent more than a month off the road in the last 2 years) to decamp to and write songs in a Southampton Baptist Church-turned-makeshift HQ.
“We went back to square one,” says Matt Hayward. In the church—between visits from the vicar, bringing tea and biscuits on his trolley—they found the new songs in hours of woodshedding on ratty old practice amps. “It’s definitely a new era,” says Russell Marsden. “The first three records were like a trilogy, a piece of work in of themselves. We wanted to do those things, and we did them all. We took a breath, took a look at what we’d done, and started from scratch again.”
Band of Skulls is Russell Marsden (guitar, vocals), Emma Richardson (bass, vocals) and Matt Hayward (drums).
Band Of Skulls
Release Date: May 27, 2016
1. Black Magic
2. Back of Beyond
5. Tropical Disease
6. So Good
7. This Is My Fix
8. Little Mamma
10. In Love By Default