Support tonight came from Broken Hands, a bluesy four piece from Kent formed just over a year ago. The strength of their set belied their age; it was audacious in its maturity and at times quite breathtaking. The music, although not groundbreaking in it’s originality, felt fresh and current and there was much to admire. I would say this is a case of ‘watch this space’, because much like tonight’s headliners Broken Hands’ future is bright.
Striding on stage, like the house band from the latest Quentin Tarrantino movie, Band of Skulls ooze chic and cool. Whilst vibrant harmonies abound, the spark and interplay between Russell Marsden and Emma Richardson is infectious, producing an audible honey of a sound.
Effortlessly blending songs from their two studio albums, Band of Skulls have built an impressive catalogue of material. Already classics abound, such as ‘Death by Diamonds and Pearls’ and ‘Light of the Morning’, and these sit easily alongside ‘Wanderluster’ and ‘You Aren’t Pretty But You Got It Goin On’, the latter two drawn from Sweet Sour, their latest release. It seems all of their songs combine killer bass and guitar alongside sumptuous choruses of instantly memorable lines.
Having recently supported The Black Keys on a UK arena tour it can only be a matter of time before Band of Skulls headline such venues themselves, because all of the required ingredients are there. The future is full of so much promise – as witnessed by a packed Wulfrun Hall tonight.
Tonight will prove to be a night to say, “I was there”, because larger venues await both bands, and in particular Band of Skulls whose star is certainly on the rise.