Band of Skulls announce new album ‘By Default’ and launch single ‘Killer’ – listen

The band are calling their fourth album 'a new era'

Band Of Skulls have announced their fourth album ‘By Default’, to be released via BMG.

The first single from the album was premiered on Radio One by Annie Mac earlier this week, with Matt Hayward describing the album from the Southampton band as “back to square one.”

“It’s definitely a new era,” Russell Marsden said of the release. “The first three records were like a trilogy, a piece of work in of themselves. We wanted to do those things, and we did them all. We took a breath, took a look at what we’d done, and started from scratch again.”


The new album is produced by Gil Norton (Pixies, Foo Fighters, Patti Smith) and recorded in Rockfield Studios. The follow up to 2014’s ‘Himalayan’, the trio – made up of Russell Marsden (guitar, vocals), Emma Richardson (bass, vocals) and Matt Hayward (drums) – took a conscious step back from relentless touring to concentrate on recording the record.

Listen to ‘By Default’s first single ‘Killer’ via YouTube, below:

Previous album ‘Himalayan’ reached number 21 in the UK charts, falling a little short of the band’s second release ‘Sweet Sour’, which peaked at 14.

Band of Skulls play a series of intimate shows ahead of the launch of the new album, during which they’ll perform much of the new material live for the first time. The tour dates are as follows:

Boiler Room, Guildford (April 28)
Sugarmill, Stoke (April 29)
Live At Leeds (April 30)
Stag & Dagger, Glasgow (May 1)
The Great Escape (headlining Concorde 2), Brighton (May 20)
Sound City, Liverpool (May 28)
Cardiff City Stadium (w/ Stereophonics & Vaccines) (June 4)