Band of Skulls

For Fans Of: The Black Keys, The Kills, The Dead Weather, Joy Formidable, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Muse

U.K. rockers Band of Skulls will release their new album By Default May 27 on BMG, their debut with the label. “Killer,” the first song to be revealed from the record, is receiving early critical praise, with Consequence of Sound admiring its “surge of sawtoothed guitars.” The song is available now with album pre-order. The video for “Killer” premieres today, watch it here:

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 music 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).

1. Black Magic
2. Back of Beyond
3. Killer
4. Bodies
5. Tropical Disease
6. So Good
7. This Is My Fix
8. Little Mamma
9. Embers
10. In Love By Default
11. Erounds
12. Something