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The ShortListen: Band of Skulls (no. 269)

Heavy-riffing return from Southampton trio

The ShortListen: Band of Skulls (no. 269)

Who? Band of Skulls

What’s the story? Southampton trio Band of Skulls have done it the hard way, touring relentlessly and building up a fanbase through old-fashioned word-of-mouth over the last five years and three albums of work rather than any enormous marketing spend or hype. They attempt to maintain the momentum by announcing the follow-up to 2014's Himalayan, with their new record called By Default and due at the end of May. This track, Killer, is the lead single and, while sadly not a cover of Adamski's all-time electro classic, is a rip-snorting three minutes of rock, with a beautifully spacious verse - and some proper old-school reverb-drenched drums, courtesy of producer Gil Norton - giving way to a riff-fuelled chorus. Brilliantly, French people can also pretend this song is called What Time (have a listen and it'll make sense).

For fans of: Foo Fighters, My Vitriol

In three words: Riffing rocking romp

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