The Skulls - The Golden Age of Piracy !
The Skulls - The Golden Age of Piracy
Dr. Strange Records 2003 CD
01. Aye, Aye, Aye
02. Can Punk Rock Pay The Bills?
03. Summer Of Hate
05. Have A Nice Day
07. Wake Up
08. You Can't Drag Me Down
09. Black Day
10. I Don't Care
11. What A Waste
12. Rattle Your Bones
13. Jerry #5
14. Pirate Song
The Skulls continue to impress. The sound on The Golden Age of Piracy is meatier and fuller than their stellar Therapy for the Shy, and instead of sounding more pro, they just sound bigger, punchier, and continue to slash through song after song. Still firmly planted in the spastic energy of early LA punk that infused the Dils, Gears, and Weirdos, they’re not afraid to get better and more comfortable at what they do. I admire their ability to play the shit out of a song, fuck around with tempos, set moods, whip out short flashes of tasteful playing ability, and still not lose sight of making bare bones punk rock songs that you’ll be humming for days on end. Let’s not complicate matters. The Skulls playing is like a mousetrap. They know how to set it all up, bait it, and cock it with few wasted movements. Once sprung, their songs snap right into place. Job done. Surprisingly, however, is the fact that my favorite songs on this album are the slow burners. “Monet,” “Black Day,” and “Jerry #5” sound like long-lost archetypes to non-ass punk power ballads. Instead of merely meandering in the hopes of roping in some pussy (as per heavy metal formula), they all sound like quieter trips down dark allies filled with broken bottles, exposed syringes, and bruised dreams. (Todd Taylor @ Dr. Strange)
The Doc is pleased as punch to release the second full length from one of the true legends of Punk Rock: THE SKULLS! If you thought their fisrt full length release Therapy For the Shy was great (you'd be right) but this new release, The Golden Age of Piracy, blows it away! One ear-crushing, drum-pounding Punk Rock anthem after the next, VERY powerful and more "catchy" than herpies. THE SKULLS consist of lead singer Billy Bones, James "Hardslug" Harding (of THE ADICTS) on bass, Sean "Geronimo" Antillon (GEARS, CONTROLLERS) on drums and one of the best guitarist out there Kevin "the Kid" Preston. (Interpunk)
Earlier this year the Skulls released Therapy For The Shy, their return to the music world. Hot on the heels of that comes another new CD, half of which was recorded at Earl Mankey's studio in California, the other half of which was recorded here in Seattle, Washington, at Jupiter Studios. I think this new CD is even better; it's filled with kick ass singalong punk songs like "Aye, Aye, Aye," "Can Punk Pay The Bills?" "Have A Nice Day" and "You Can't Drag Me Down." There's a song about the death of the Hillside Strangler called "Summer Of Hate," which has a chorus that goes "Yeah! Yeah! The Hillside Strangler's dead," which is only half-right 'cause while Angelo Buono Jr. died in prison last year, the other guy involved and charged as one of the two Stranglers, Kenneth Bianchi, is still at Walla Walla. Still, it's a great tune. The whole CD is really good, with songs written by all four of the members, and ends off on a silly note with the unintelligibly sung "Pirate Song." (Alan Wright @ Cosmik)
Voici donc le deuxième album des Skulls que n'a pas hésité à produire ce brave Dr. Strange et pour cause; que des nouvelles compos des Skulls, mais qui sonnent aussi oldschool que celles de Therapy For The Shy.
Encore de l'humour nihiliste, du sarcasme scandé en refrains entêtants et du son comme s'il en pleuvait (j'aime bien cette expression). Pêchu, rêche, rock'n'roll et punk dans ta face, un petit ravalement bienvenu avec le crépi en prime. Des titres comme "Trainwreck" sont tout bonnement des hymnes à chanter à tue-tête en toute occasion!
37:24mn qui déferlent trop vite malgré trois titres mid-tempo et qui t'en font redemander; dommage que ne soit paru depuis qu'un Live en 2004 "Night Of The Living Skulls" chez Finger Records, car je m'en rejetterais bien un ou deux derrière le collier...
Allez, là-dessus je retourne boire du rhum avec ces joyeux drilles de la piraterie et vous laisse en bonne compagnie, aye, aye, aye!
Same Rip specs as usual, now ratlle your bones and ask yourself if Punk Rock can pay the bills?
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