U.K. rockers Band of Skulls’ video for their single “Cool Your Battles” debuts today; watch here. The track was recently featured asKCRW’s “Today’sTop Tune” who says it’s “full of swagger—this anti-war song tells us to stop spending energy fighting and do something positive.”
Of the video, the band says, “We wanted to make three videos that seamlessly brought our three very different singles together. Working with our director Nate Camponi, we shot it in 48hrs in Manchester. Fight scenes, hypnotic raves and real emotion play out as we provide the soundtrack. It’s all about the energy and the message of the music. Tough and tender. Real but epic.”
“I’ve always loved Band of Skulls, so the opportunity to make a video with Emma and Russell was really exciting,” adds Camponi. “The idea came straight from the track. Cool Your Battles has such a beautifully sombre sound but then hits you with these massive euphoric sections that switch the mood seamlessly. As I thought about it, a riot turning into a rave seemed like a great way to unite a crowd of people, a sort of play on that old idea that ‘if everyone just partied together, we’d all be fine.’ And the thought that this big cross section of characters could all rave together after spending two minutes tearing each other to pieces was quite a cool image to me.”
The song appears on the band’s fifth album, Love Is All You Love (produced by Richard X), which is set for release April 12 via So Recordings. Fans can pre-order Love Is All You Lovehere: https://BoS.lnk.to/LoveIsAllYouLove.
Love Is All You Love was recorded in London’s Miloco Studios, the band’s Southampton studio and at The Smoakstack in Nashville. Following the amicable departure of drummer Matt Hayward in 2017, Russell Marsden (guitar, vocals) and Emma Richardson (bass, vocals) started the writing process for the record and quickly accumulated a host of new songs. The band collaborated on the recording with innovative producer Richard X (Pet Shop Boys, Goldfrapp, New Order, Sugababes) who created an interesting dynamic encouraging a new spirit of experimentation combining live and electronic elements. The album also features percussion from Julian Dorio of Eagles Of Death Metal.
“This record is tough and tender with a rebellious spirit,” say Richardson and Marsden. “It is a positive record. It looks to what is possible and how a little love and human kindness can help bring about positive change. We drew on personal experiences, changes in our situation and couldn’t help but be affected by what has been going on in the world politically, culturally and environmentally. Attempting to overcome that sometimes powerless feeling by creating and connecting with people and making something new.”