U.K. trio Band of Skulls has confirmed North American dates this fall. The new tour dates celebrate the release of the band’s forthcoming album By Default, due this Friday, May 27. The tour will kick off September 6 at Boston’s Royale and will make stops at Chicago’s Metro, San Francisco’s The Fillmore, Los Angeles’ Wiltern and New York City’s Terminal 5. General on-sale will begin this Thursday, May 26, but fans can receive early access to tickets with an exclusive pre-order offer here: https://BoS.lnk.to/USTicketBundles.
In addition, New York area fans will have a chance to catch Band of Skulls in advance of the fall tour at a very special performance and signing on Sunday, June 19 at Rough Trade in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Fans will receive two wristbands to the show by purchasing By Default at Rough Trade starting at 11a.m. on Friday, May 27: http://www.roughtrade.com/events/2016/6/2289.
Consequence of Sound recently premiered the album’s lead single “Bodies,” hailing “Band of Skulls rip and roar, the song a wily mix of clashing guitars, vocals that both rocket high and dip low, and an fierce chorus that is the sonic equivalent of being stared down by some imposing authority. Think a savage hybrid of Modest Mouse and Jack White.” Listen/share the song here: https://BoS.lnk.to/BodiesVideo.
Produced by Gil Norton (Pixies, Foo Fighters, Patti Smith) and recorded at Rockfield Studios, By Default finds the band—Emma Richardson (bass, vocals), Russell Marsden (guitar, vocals) and Matt Hayward (drums)—following up on their acclaimed 2014 release, Himalayan, by making a conscious decision to take a step back from their relentless world-wide touring schedule, having never spent more than a month off the road in the last two years.
“We went back to square one,” says 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 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.”