Artist of the Week: Band of Skulls
As the summer winds down, so does a fantastic first season of Rookie Blue, the television series that catapulted to the top of North America’s Thursday night viewing. With four episodes remaining (the season finale double-header airs on September 9th), we still have a lot of great music left to hear alongside the dangerous lives of our favourite rookie cops.
Episode 111 (airing on September 2nd) features the song “I Know What I Am,” by British group Band of Skulls. This trio of alternative rockers built their buzz after being selected as iTunes Canada’s “Single of The Week” in April 2009 — before their album was even released in North America! Since then, their lives have been a whirlwind of appearances and performances, which has only been amplified since their track “Friends” was featured on the soundtrack to The Twilight Saga: New Moon.
Learn more about the band below, take a listen, and be sure to tune in to the last few weeks of Rookie Blue — until Season 2, that is! Be sure to follow along with us over the next four episodes on our Rookie Blue Music Tumblr for track listings, videos, music, pics and more. New tunes are posted on Wednesdays!
“Boozy stomps, strained yelps, and fuzzed-out guitar riffs as wide as a Georgia Highway. Pure rock and roll, one might say….”
Similar to: The Raconteurs, Duke Spirit, The White Stripes
“All and all, The Band of Skulls debut is an alluring listen. Looking at this one track by track, there is plenty of differentiating qualities. But when viewed as a whole, the album is an extremely cohesive body of work.”
— Lonnie Nemiroff, Blaeble Music
“Talking to British alternative rock band Band of Skulls feels faintly like a scene out of Almost Famous. Perhaps it’s the shared name between vocalist/guitarist Russell Marsden and fictional guitarist Russell Hammond that initiates the association but its the band’s authentic mixture of 1970s grit within a more modern context that harkens back to the days when rock ‘n’ roll, in its rawest form, dominated record players and airwaves around the world.”
— Heather Adamo, The Spill Magazine