Single Review: Band of Skulls – So Good

By on Wednesday, 18th May 2016 at 12:00 pm

Band of Skulls have been playing and creating music since 2008. They are about to release their fourth studio album next Friday. Their latest single, ‘So Good’ has been premiered ahead of its release and is the second to be shared from LP ‘By Default’. It follows first single ‘Killer’, which was released earlier this year. The album was produced by Gil Norton (Pixies, Foo Fighters) and will be released through BMG.

The threesome – Emma Richardson (bass and vocals), Russell Marsden (guitar and vocals) and Matthew Hayward (drums) – have had a steady rise to fame over the past 8 years or so. At the beginning of their career, they were featured on iTunes’ free Single of the Week, then performing on Later with Jools Holland and Late Night with Seth Meyers in 2014. They’ve also had their songs featured on a myriad of television shows including Castle, Gossip Girl and True Blood over the past few years, solidifying their exposure mainstream. They have supported Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and The Dead Weather, and have toured pretty extensively: in a nutshell, they’ve been busy.

Their latest release ‘So Good’ sees Richardson’s vocals front and centre and is a bold rock ‘n’ roll number, soaked in catchy bass rhythms and sharp, clean guitars. The track has vigour to it, like it would comfortably suit both an intimate venue like your local seedy bar, as well on the main stage at a festival. The chorus, Richardson repeating the title of the song over and over, is pretty addictive and picks up the rhythm of the track before softening back into each verse. The song fits into the indie rock mould, yet is sophisticated and stylish. This single feels less edgy than some of their earlier work, almost leaning into a more pop vibe. ‘So Good’ sets an interesting precedence for the upcoming album: the most exciting bands and artists are usually those that don’t stubbornly stick to the same blueprint album after album.


Band of Skulls will release their fourth album ‘By Default’ on the 27th of May on BMG, which includes current single ‘So Good’. The band will be touring extensively across Europe this year, including numerous festivals from The Great Escape and Glastonbury, to Benicassim and Out Of The Woods Festival in Austria. For England, they’ve already announced an extensive tour for October and November; all the dates are listed in this previous tour post. past coverage of Band of Skulls on TGTF, go here.

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