Band Of Skulls are playing a special, four-date UK tour hosted by Independent Venue Week and Jägermeister this summer. The group call at The Bungalow in Paisley on August 28), Hebden Bridge Trades Club (29), The Cookie in Leicester (31) and Chelmsford’s at The Bassment (1 September). See www.skiddle.com/bos for the latest ticket news. Ahead of the shows Russell Marsden from the band answered a few questions for us.
Hello, how goes it?
Very well, thanks.
What can we expect from your IVW shows this summer?
It’s shaping up to be awesome, lots of surprises for sure. And really intimate venues, so ideal conditions.
How would you describe your music to someone who has never heard it?
Real rock’n’roll. Straight from the heart. Crowds singing and ears ringing.
What one thing – clothing, equipment, etc – do you not tour without?
My number one Fender Jazzmaster. Other than that, Emma has fierce boots at all times and I have a lucky silver chain. We travel light.
You’re playing some intimate venues, does it effect a show if you can make out faces in the crowd?
It’s always more intense and visceral playing to a small audience. Nowhere to hide, so you better make it count. It’s great to see our fans, especially the ones coming back for more. We can’t wait to play for the people that managed to get tickets.
What’s the most extravagant or strangest thing you’ve asked for on a rider?
Let’s see. There was a hotel that provided everyone favourite brand of smokes and drinks that’s attention to detail! Perhaps it would be British things we miss. Ever gone three months without a cup of tea? It’s like slowly loosing your identity…
What was the first venue you played as a musician?
A pub in Southampton that is sadly no longer there. Back in the 60s Hendrix even dropped in to this place. We were at school still and very underage. It was full of schoolboys drinking jugs of bitter and smoking packs of ten sovereigns.
Who would be your dream collaboration and why?
Daft Punk. Because they are the one of the most influential groups of the last 20 years.
What one quality makes for a great live venue for you?
History is pretty important to us. There’s venues all over the world with such rich history. From the troubadour in Hollywood to the Joiners in Southampton, stepping on the boards in the footsteps of your heroes is a part of what keeps music alive. We are still excited by that stuff and proud to be a part of the whole picture.
What’s been the best gig you’ve played? So far…
We always say ‘the next one’. But from our history there are many. I’d go for the Hammersmith Apollo. So much Rock’n’roll history! Lots of champagne that night too.
What are you working on next?
A new album, plus some some kick ass DJ sets on our nights off.
Finally, as it’s a summer tour: ice cream or ice lolly?
An Oyster from a ice cream van. No contest. Try and get one of those in Texas.