Breaking out of the blocks as Band of Skulls in 2008, having initially played together under a different guise for the previous four years, the Southampton trio, formed of Russell Marsden (guitar, vocals), Emma Richardson (bass, vocals) and Matt Hayward (drums), first began to pique interest with the call and response vocal interplay of early single ‘I Know What I Am’. A debut, 2009’s ‘Baby Darling Doll Face Honey’, shortly followed alongside a host of glowing reviews praising the record’s dangerous, dusky charms and glam sensibilities. With impressed comparisons to The Kills and The Duke Spirit, NME labeled the record, “so deliciously evocative, it’s like taking a hike to The Joshua Tree”, while Clash described the debut as, in turns, “seductive”, “catchy” and “raunchy”.
By the end of 2012, Band of Skulls had played their largest shows to date – including a headline slot at London’s 5,000 capacity Brixton Academy – and supported some of the biggest bands in the world (including Muse and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers) at some of the biggest venues in the world. It makes sense, then, that when it came to starting album three, the band’s scale would continue to grow in this same trajectory.