Band of Skulls return!

One of the World's Best Rock Bands
US Album Tour kicks off at SxSW

MUSIC NEWS - Excited hyperbole, bold use of additional punctuation, these are the blogger skill sets. Well it is with excitement, and no apologies, that I pass along the giddy news that the world's best rock act, has announced their return in 2012. Band Of Skulls are: Russell Marsden (guitar & vocals), Emma Richardson (bass & vocals) & Matt Hayward (drums).

The three produce grungy, hook-laden guitar rock in the vein of Black Keys, but the full experience is even bigger. Skeptical? I don't blame you. Having seen this band five times in the last year (is that even possible??,) all I can tell you is 1) do not miss this tour and 2) I am soooo right.

Call me impatient, but we fans had been looking for the Band of Skulls followup for this past summer. The long delay for the sophomore effort had some fearing this might be a "one-and-done." Thankfully, that's not the case.

The second album, "Sweet Sour" will be released on February 21, 2012 via their own label, Electric Blues Records under exclusive license in the U.S. to Vagrant Records. Sweet Sour is the follow-up to their debut album "Baby Darling Doll Face Honey" (super awesome and you've heard the songs on this one on television commercials and the shows that surround them -- Hollywood and 5th Avenue were listening, that's for sure!) which was universally embraced by the U.S. media with early supporters at Entertainment Weekly naming them "Your Next Favorite Band."

Following the success of Baby Darling Doll Face Honey, the band retreated to a studio in Norfolk UK to begin writing Sweet Sour. They returned to their home studio in Southampton to start the recording which they completed in Wales at Rockfield Studios. Sweet Sour was produced by Ian Davenport (Supergrass, Badly Drawn Boy) and mixed by Nick Launay (Grinderman, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Arcade Fire).

What's even better? Band of Skulls (RSL Best of 2009 pick) will be supported on tour with We Are Augustines (RSL Best of 2011 pick) on the US leg of their tour. Can you say, "winning??!!" Mega-Tour:

13-Mar TUE Austin, TX Antone's
16-Mar FRI Houston, TX Fitzgerald's
17-Mar SAT Dallas, TX Granada Theater
19-Mar MON Atlanta, GA Variety Playhouse
20-Mar TUE Nashville, TN Cannery Ballroom
22-Mar THU New York, NY Webster Hall
23-Mar FRI Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer
24-Mar SAT Washington, DC 9:30 Club
26-Mar MON Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
27-Mar TUE Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg
28-Mar WED Providence, RI The Met
30-Mar FRI Toronto, ONT Phoenix Concert Theatre
31-Mar SAT Montreal, QC Corona Theatre
2-Apr MON Detroit, MI St. Andrew's Hall
3-Apr TUE Chicago, IL House of Blues
4-Apr WED Minneapolis, MN Fine Line
6-Apr FRI Denver, CO Ogden Theatre
7-Apr SAT Salt Lake City, UT The Complex (Grand Room)
9-Apr MON Seattle, WA Neptune
10-Apr TUE Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
11-Apr WED Portland, OR Dante's
12-Apr THU San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
* We Are Augustines Support All Dates

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