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Single Review: Band Of Skulls – ‘Asleep At The Wheel’

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Band Of Skulls’ new album Himalayan is due out in March of next year, but for now fans have been provided a taster in the form of the single Asleep At The Wheel.

The group has shared the stage with the likes of Muse and The Dead Weather, and the man behind the production of Band Of Skulls’ latest effort, Nick Launay, has worked with similarly impressive names – Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, for example.

Band of Skulls Asleep at the WheelThere is perhaps then a lot to be expected from Asleep At The Wheel, but the track doesn’t disappoint. Its verses trudge along in this Tame Impala Elephant kind of way – with a similar muddiness to the guitar tone and similar semi-psychedelic intent. “Thank God for A.B.S., ‘cause where we are going is anyone’s guess” singer Russel Marsden then howls, rather aptly as it marks a stark rhythmic shift and movement into the song’s main riff, a heavy blues lick that doesn’t sound unlike a bit of Hendrix – think Manic Depression, maybe – but bigger. After a few times through this whole sequence, some almost heroic sounding vocal harmonies between Marsden and bassist Emma Richardson introduce a moaning guitar solo, which is provided with an extra helping of sultriness when seen/heard emanating from the curves of Marsden’s Gretsch guitar in the song’s video clip.

In terms of blues rock tracks, and especially those of this musical day and age, Asleep At The Wheel is as well-crafted as they come. It has me very eager to wrap my ears around the rest of Himalayan.