Band of Skulls and Folks: The Leadmill, Sheffield

The three piece from Southampton- made up of Russell Marsden, Emma Richardson and Matt Haywar- recently toured with rock legends Red Hot Chili Peppers and have upcoming support slots for Muse in the US in January. Tonight is their third leg of their 11 date UK tour.

Support for the tour is six piece Mancunians- Folks. A Manchester United bear is sitting proudly on one of the speakers. As they walk on stage a few fans start cheering ‘Manchester, Manchester!’ They play a short sharp set consisting of tracks from their debut album- I See Cathedrals.  Psychedelic-pop ‘Avalanche’ is followed by the infectious ‘Say Something’ but it is the latest single ‘My Mother’, due to be released on 3rd February which really stands out. With its huge riffs and catchy lyrics, it deservedly gets the best reaction so far from the ever growing crowd. The band are giving the track away as a free download from there site. They end their set with ‘Skull and Bones’. It’s a raucous track that packs a punch and plenty of pizzazz.

Band of Skulls kick things off in a gentle fashion with ‘Hometowns’ from their latest album, Sweet Sour. They then dive straight in with the catchy corker ‘Sweet Sour’ which sends the near capacity crowd wild. Considering there are only three band members: Russell Marsden (guitar, vocals), Emma Richardson (bass, vocals), and Matt Hayward (drums) – they have massive sound.

They play a medley of songs from their debut album Baby Darling Doll Face Honey and the new album. Latest single ‘You’re Not Pretty But You Got It Goin’ On’ sounds like it could be a Queens of the Stone age song. It’s fast paced, hard-hitting rock ‘n’ roll- a real highlight of the set. ‘Light of the Morning’ sends the mosh pit in to frenzy, and things go even crazier for ‘Death by Diamonds and Pearls’ which follows it. The band takes a brief breather before returning to play an encore of ‘The Devil Takes Care of His Own’ and ‘Impossible’.