“We’re Alive,” the new song from U.K. rockers Band of Skulls premieres today; listen here: https://youtu.be/R3T0duoy3r0. “It’s impossible not to be affected by the fear of it all and the sense of powerlessness,” say the band. “But we made a concerted effort not to make a depressing record, because we don’t think anyone wants to hear a dark, depressing record about these times. We wanted to have that feeling of euphoria in song, because we weren’t getting it anywhere else.” The track appears on their 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 Love here: https://BoS.lnk.to/LoveIsAllYouLove.
Their previously released single, “Cool Your Battles,” was recently featured as KCRW’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.”
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.”