The fabulous british Band of Skulls was formally known as Fleeing New York has gained success with their bluesy rock sound and has toured with The Black Keys and have produced two albums which have both been released to a positive reception by critics and fans. The band is a personal favourite so I was shocked to hear about a mini-album that the band released before they changed their name to Band of Skulls called A Ok featuring a striped back version of one of their best songs Hollywood Bowl.
The album artwork for the bands mini album released in 2004
If you wish to read an early interview from Russell Marsden and Emma Richardson from when they were still using the band name Fleeing New York then head over to http://drownedinsound.com/in_depth/12870-fleeing-new-york–we-could-have-a-rock-opera-if-we-re-not-too-careful?relevant-artist
The grunge band Hole, fronted by the controversial Courtney Love has always had contentious lyrics in their songs, and their first b-side Phonebill Song is no different. This song featured on Holes first ever single Retard Girl and has a strong punk rock sound which was swapped for grunge in their later works. The single was released in 1990 where the guitarist Eric Erlandson was going through an experimental phase with guitar distortion and Love was defining her unique vocal abilities
On another note, you may have noticed that this blog now has it’s very own soundcloud profile! so head along to https://soundcloud.com/rockbeforetheracket if you wish to listen to any of the songs featured on this blog aswell as a few extras
A number of demos made by Radiohead back in 1986 have been leaked on the internet back in 2012. The band recorded the demos back when they were still called On a Friday. The first song Fragile Friend is raw and is blatently infuenced by bands such as The Smiths and R.E.M.
The second song, titled Everybody Lies Through Their Teeth is more upbeat and fun
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