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Band of Skulls at El Club, 3 Things to Know

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twittr

Posted: Monday, September 23, 2019

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There's been some drama for Band of Skulls during the three-year interim before the British band's new album, "Love Is All You Love."

At the beginning of 2017 drummer Matt Hayward left the band after 13 years, leaving Russell Marsden and Emma Richardson to fend for themselves. They used the opportunity to sit back and assess, then come forward to take their music to the new place heard on "Love Is All You Love," Band of Skulls' 10th album overall.

The group is still best-known for late 00s songs such as "I know What I Am" and "Friends," the latter of which is featured on the soundtrack to "The Twilight Saga: New Moon," but Marsden and Richardson are clearly enjoying their new creative lease and are fully vested in keeping Band of Skulls active and vital...

• The sound of "Love Is All You Love," which came out in April is a bit lighter than previous releases. Marsden and Richardson consider it "a rebirth of the band" after Hayward's departure, and they acknowledge their new world order presented challenges. "A little fear always helps," Richardson says. "We both knew we wanted to carry on working and recording and hopefully put out another record. We started writing, just the two of us, using different technology to make that happen." Marsden adds that "There was more fun, more challenges. As a duo we got to the crux of each song, each inspiration, a bit quicker. o what could have been a negative turned into a real positive thing."

• The change did give the duo an opportunity to collaborate more -- stand-in drummer Julian Dorio of Eagles of Death Metal as well as producer Richard X (nee Phillips), who brought in different sounds and electronic influences. "We haven't done anything like this before, where the collaboration aspect is very open and free," Richardson notes. "We feel like it's something we want to continue, really."

• "Love Is All You Love," in fact, has opened Richardson and Marsden up to working with more people and finding other different ways of making their music. "(The album) was fun," Marsden says. "Sometimes a challenge can really bring out the best in you. This reminded me of why we’re in this and what we're about. This is our 10th studio album, which is an amazing thing to say, but I think at this point to repeat ourselves is pointless. Knowing different people and friends all around the world, we always say, 'Wouldn't it be great if we got together and made a record here?' After this we can look at just about any situation and go, 'Yeah, why not?'"

Band of Skulls and Demob Happy perform Monday, Sept. 23, at El Club, 4114 Vernor Highway, Detroit. Doors at 7 p.m. $24 advance, $28 day of show. elclubdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.elclubdetroit.com

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