Band of Skulls at Park West
I love a band with a bass playing broad. Pixies, Sonic Youth and Hole all had iconic chick bassists, and even I have massive girl crushes on each of them. Band of Skulls is no exception.
I thought the Park West was an unusual venue for these Brits, but it actually worked quite well. The stage looked quite classy dressed with their dramatic curtains, but the lighting was way too similar to the alien communications from Close Encounters of the Third Kind, which I found to be a bit distracting. Even though Band of Skulls started the show looking like they could have all used an energy drink (Perhaps that’s the beauty of their show?), their enthusiasm picked up towards the middle of their show.
Band of Skulls puts on a great rock show, with no stage presence whatsoever, and I’m sure very few bands can pull that off. Emma Richardson’s mesmerizing voice had me paying attention to her most of the night, but the most interesting thing was the Band of Skulls fans. I noticed an impressive lack of cell phones recording shitty video and out of focus photos that will never see the light of day. Imagine that! The crowd actually watched the show. Mind blown. If you’re into raw, edgy blues rock, check out Band of Skulls the next time they hit your town.