Band of Skulls Talk Metalheads, Hipsters and Nirvana
Drummer Matt Heyward agrees, telling Radio.com, "You see it at shows, there's people of all ages, all kinds of backgrounds and everyone's just having a great time together. Guitarist/singer Russell Marsden chimes in: "Can we say 'demographics?' That's really cold, isn't it? But: if you look out and there's a lot of different people and they're really into the music."
"We're not picky about who comes to the shows," he adds. "We're thankful that anyone does!" The soft-spoken bassist/singer Emma Richardson agrees: "Bringin' people together."
Another band that was able to appeal to different subcultures was Nirvana, and it turns out they were a huge influence on Band of Skulls. Perhaps surprisingly, the album that hooked them wasn't Bleach or Nevermind or In Utero: instead it was MTV Unplugged.
"It was on video, and you could actually see the band [playing]. And you could hear the songs stripped own. That video, we all watched it and studied it," Heyward recalls. "Also, we couldn't afford electric guitars, and our school's music department didn't have electric guitars." From that, they learned "Acoustics could be cool as well."
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