Band of Skulls at Warehouse Live, 5/13/2014
I'm not sure what it is, whether it be the accent or the rich history of rock and roll, but for some reason you're just cooler if you're British and in a band. Think in your head what your definition of "rock star" is, and I assure you that they'll speak with an English diction.
Jagger, Clapton, Yorke, McCartney, Bowie, Plant or Page: all are infinitely cooler than anything that's come out of the U.S. (save for Hendrix). So whenever a band hails from the UK, it's much easier to fall in love with them for some odd reason.
Band of Skulls come from England. That might be why they were so damn good. Or for the many other reasons; specifically, the amount of noise that emanated from the three instruments onstage. For an hour and a half, the three Skulls rattled our ears with loud psychedelic blues-rock a la The Black Keys or The Black Angels (or any other band with 'black' in its title, I guess) that had no problem roughing up the crowd at Warehouse Live.
For a threesome to make that much noise out of your standard bass/drums/guitar combo was a show in itself. They made their instruments sing but at the same time they made my and everyone else in the room without proper protection's ears ring. But that was the point.
And just like Wolfmother the night before, Skulls had a certain looseness onstage -- something that can only come with time on the road. It's tough catching a band in the first days of tour, because there are always kinks to be ironed out. Once they have some time to warm up to the road, though, they always seem to play better, faster and looser.
That seemed to be the case for the Skulls, who are currently in the middle of what seems like an endless stretch of dates across America before heading back home to the UK for even more shows in the late summer and early fall. But that's the key to becoming successful and putting your name out there. You have to play for your fans or they'll get bored with you and move on.
Especially during the current iPod era of music. If you aren't consistently working and releasing music, people are going to try and find the next best thing. Our society is riddled with pop-culture ADD, as we constantly try to find something better and have no problem throwing away and moving on from something that was perfectly fine in the first place.
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