Band Of Skulls to release new album, Sweet Sour, February 2012

Band Of Skulls have a wild, kung fu-themed video for The Devil Takes Care Of His Own
Band Of Skulls have a wild, kung fu-themed video for The Devil Takes Care Of His Own (Image credit: Simone Cecchetti/Corbis)

Two years ago, Band Of Skulls blew us away. Combining brontosaurus-sized riffs, ace songwriting and the twin lead vocals of guitarist Russell Marsden and bassist Emma Richardson, the Southampton, England-based trio (which also includes drummer Matt Hayward) scored big-time with their debut album, Baby Darling Doll Face Honey.

So we're especially pleased to learn that the band's sophomore release ("eagerly awaited," "highly anticipated" are the proper adjectives to be used here) titled Sweet Sour will be issued on 21 February 2012 via their own label, Electric Blues Records (licensed to Vagrant in the US).

Following the success of Baby Darling Doll Face Honey, the group retreated to a studio in Norfolk UK to begin writing Sweet Sour. They returned to their home studio in Southampton to start the recording, which they completed in Wales at Rockfield Studios. Sweet Sour was produced by Ian Davenport (Supergrass, Badly Drawn Boy) and mixed by Nick Launay (Arcade Fire, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Arcade Fire).

In December, Band Of Skulls will release the single of the album's title track, but prior to that, they've dished out a blazing little number called The Devil Takes Care Of His Own, which you can check out in the above video. (Thumbs up on the ass-kicking and kung fu action!)

Joe Bosso

Joe is a freelance journalist who has, over the past few decades, interviewed hundreds of guitarists for Guitar WorldGuitar PlayerMusicRadar and Classic Rock. He is also a former editor of Guitar World, contributing writer for Guitar Aficionado and VP of A&R for Island Records. He’s an enthusiastic guitarist, but he’s nowhere near the likes of the people he interviews. Surprisingly, his skills are more suited to the drums. If you need a drummer for your Beatles tribute band, look him up.