hmv reviews… Band Of Skulls @ London's Shepherd's Bush Empire
As they prepare to put out their new album Himalayan, Band Of Skulls played the first of two sold-out shows at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire last night (March 27th) and we were there to review things…
Band Of Skulls. Southampton's answer to Queens Of The Stone Age, mixed with a little Pixies and Black Sabbath.
Shepherd's Bush Empire. West London.
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
It was sold out, with a crowd that was eager and in love with every note that came out of those loud, bluesy guitars.
So what was the set like? What did they play?
The band leant heavily on new record Himalayan, playing seven of its 12 tracks, including opener 'Asleep At The Wheel', new single 'Nightmares' and 'Hoochie Coochie'. They dug fairly deep into their previous effort Sweet Sour too, playing the likes of 'You're Not Pretty But You Got It Goin' On' and a stirring version of the album's title track.
Any good between song banter?
The usual cursory 'Thank you very much' between songs and some general geeing up, nothing out of the ordinary.
Did they put on much of a show?
In keeping with Band Of Skulls general ethos, there was no theatricality or pretension, three large lights, a frilly curtain and the band, letting the music do the talking.
What was the highlight of the set?
Opener 'Asleep At The Wheel' sounded colossal as did the slow burning 'The Devil Takes Care Of Its Own, but the real highlight was 'You're Not Pretty But You Got It Goin' On' which sounded like it could move mountains.
Where can I catch them next?
They've got another show at Shepherd's Bush Empire tonight (March 28th) and then Nottingham on Saturday (March 29th). Then they're off around Europe and the US, you can catch them in the UK again at this summer's Sonisphere.
Band Of Skulls' new album Himalayan is out on Monday (March 31st) in hmv stores, you can read our interview with them here.