Review: Band of Skulls, Rescue Rooms, by Alex Thorp
"WE are Band of Skulls. Or Rizzle Kicks if you prefer," joked guitarist Russell Marsden to a sold out Rescue Rooms.
Often compared to Jack White and The Black Keys, Band of Skulls have sometimes struggled to establish their own identity.
But the Southampton trio ensured everyone present knew exactly who they were, delivering an exceptional performance sure to be remembered for a long time to come.
The blues-rock outfit were on the road with their latest album, Sweet Sour, and tore into its menacing title track to begin the set.
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Matt Hayward's pounding, Bonham-esque drums gave the songs added conviction on stage, with Bruises proving a highlight.
Marsden showed off his impressive guitar work throughout the night, lurching himself over the crowd while urging them to sing along to the anthemic Fires.
One of the softer songs of the night, Navigate, stripped away the crunching guitars and allowed bassist Emma Richardson to display her sweet voice – a welcome moment in what was a mostly deafeningly loud set.
The band regained the pace by launching into the frenetic You're Not Pretty But You Got It Going On before finishing with the popular The Devil Takes Care Of His Own.