Image for Band Of Skulls – The Factory Theatre, Sydney 27/07/2012

Band Of Skulls – The Factory Theatre, Sydney 27/07/2012

Written by Shannon Andreucci on August 2, 2012

Whoever said rock’n’roll music is dead obviously hasn’t been to a Band of Skulls show. The Southampton three-piece tore the roof down last night at their sold-out Factory Theatre show with their hook-heavy, riff-ladden rock and penchant for bluesy distortions.

Swathed in all-black ensembles, the Band of Skulls strode onstage to a warm welcome and kicked things off with slow-burner Sweet Sour, the title track of their latest album. Guitarist Russell Marsden unfurled the first of many electrifying solo pieces whilst timekeeper Matt Hayward pounded on the drums with brutal precision.

Addressing the fervent crowd, Marsden howled “Sydney! It’s nice to be back, sorry it took so long”, into the microphone before delivering new track Lies, where an upside-down wine bottle was used to provide the song’s introductory percussion.

Their gnarly fuzz-rock music bears a strong resemblance to Jack White’s side-project The Dead Weather, especially with the boy-girl dual vocals of guitarist Marsden and bassist Emma Richardson. And along with their pocket rocket drummer, the trio share an onstage chemistry and unspoken solidarity that allows them to communicate with a simple nod or quick exchange of a glance.

If they lack anything, it’s a bit more ballsy execution. By this I don’t mean egotistically duck walking across the stage or playing the guitar with your teeth, but rather just that the band emit some more self-confidence and look to be having as much fun as the audience are.

After warming up the crowd with foot-stomping number Patterns, the Band of Skulls’ set sloped into a lulling plateau, as a string of torch-song rock tunes ensued, featuring the dreamy melody of Navigate and the lilting repetition of Fires.

Judging by the ecstatic reception to early material such as Bomb and Blood, it was easy to tell that I was in the company of long-time fans. Naturally, they were over the moon when Marsden dedicated old favourite and long-lasting lullaby Cold Fame especially to them.

Just as the audience began to drift into a state of stupor from all the sweet harmonies and atmospheric instrumentation, the Band of Skulls kicked into overdrive with some bombastic, whiskey-soaked rock’n’roll tunes for the homestretch of the set. Hollywood Bowl and I Know What I Am alone incited a front-of-stage mosh pit that didn’t let up until the guitar feedback drowned out and the curtains drew shut.

After a rousing non-stop performance of Light of the Morning and Death by Diamonds and Pearls combined, the all-the-rage UK outfit left the stage. But it wasn’t long before they were reeled back into the spotlight for an encore by their army of fans chanting “Band of Skulls! Band of Skulls!”

Ending the memorable evening with as many power chords and carnal grunge riffs as they started with, the band unleashed the beast that is The Devil Takes Care of His Own and sent the audience home in a more than satisfied state.


Photos: Band Of Skulls, Splendour in the Grass 2012, 28/07/2012

Swipe/tap ← or →

Join Music Feeds on Facebook

More On Music Feeds

News

Watch: Bring Me The Horizon Premiere New Song Live At Reading Festival

UK’s epic twin festivals Reading and Leeds is going down at the moment and Bring The Horizon have brought what is being claimed as one of the sets of the weekend, premiering a handful of new songs.

News

This Is What The Bee Girl From Blind Melon’s ‘No Rain’ Video Looks Like Now

With 90’s alt-rock legends Blind Melon set to tour Australia this October, our excitement continues to build and to be honest, we’re getting all nostalgic over here and revisiting the glorious decade that was.

News

Apple And Tidal Are Fighting Over A Drake Performance

Behemoth digital corporations slash giant babies Apple and Tidal are currently in the midst of a feud, which all started when a Tidal live-stream of the Lil WeezyAna Festival, a charity concert to benefit children affected by Hurricane Katrina, cut to the above image (minus angry Drake, that was our doing) when Canadian rapper Drake .

News

Glastonbury Festival Donating Left Behind Gumboots To Refugees

Much like its antipodean cousin Splendour in the Grass, UK’s annual Glastonbury festival is often known for its wet and muddy disposition, and much like in Byron this year, gumboots (or wellies if you’re a pom) are the must-have festival item to navigate the treacherous sludge.

News

New Study Shows Goth Teens Three Times More Likely To Suffer Depression

An Oxford University study, looking into links between teen sub-cultures and depression, has recently released its results which found that youth who identify as goths are three times more likely to suffer from depression and five times more likely to self-harm.

News

Watch The Weeknd’s ‘Can’t Feel My Face’ Be Played On Dentist Equipment

The Weeknd‘s Can’t Feel My Face has been a huge hit for the Canadian PBR&B artist, but we’re pretty sure it’s not about going to the dentist.

Around the web

This May Also Interest You