The Skulls - Therapy for the Shy !
The Skulls - Therapy for the Shy
The Skulls is one of the first punk rock bands from the Los Angeles area, and even though it did not do much recording during its inception in 1977, it was one of the most influential and notable underground bands of that time. Vocalist Billy Bones has been the only consistent member since that period and he has revived those buried and bleached bones from time to time over the years. The best and most reliable line-up came into being in 2000, consisting of the ever-reliable Billy Bones on vocals, James Harding (former Adicts) on bass, punk rock mainstay and band whore Sean Antillon (Gears, Weirdos, Snakecharmers, etc.) on drums and the astounding young gun Kevin Preston on guitar. Preston is, without a doubt, a guitar wizard who was probably born with the instrument in his hand. He joined his old bandmates after returning from a wildly successful European tour with his glam-punk band Prima Donna, opening for some goofy band called Green Day. (Marcus Solomon @ Razorcake)
Although they were part of the original 1977 L.A. punk scene (appearing quite frequently at the Masque and other "punk" venues), the Skulls never released an album during their brief but memorable existence. Members and friends have included Marc and Bruce Moreland, Michael Wallace, and other Masque mainstays, but the Skulls have remained largely forgotten. Vocalist Steve "Billy Bones" Fortuna has returned 25 years later with a new Skulls lineup and a new lease on punk rock life. Co-produced by the legendary Earle Mankey (how cool is that?), 'Therapy for the Shy' is certainly a rousing return by Mr. Bones. Performing new versions of old recorded and unrecorded Skulls favorites and new tunes, the Skulls retain enough "old-school" punk cred while sounding new, fresh, and exciting. "Kill Me Kill Me Kill" and "Gold & Ruby Red" are the instant standouts, while their version of the Saints' "Erotic Neurotic" is fun. "Building Models," "Incomplete Suicide," and "On Target" are brain-banging fun. Listeners can thank the esteemed Dr. Strange label for giving them another chance. Thanks Doc! (Steve "Spaz" Schnee @ AllMusic)
Décidément, la Californie reste l'état de prédilection de death bürger, son soleil, son punk rock et ses cheeseburgers comme sources de bonheur inaltérable. Combien j'ai été content de voir que le fabuleux Dr. Strange avait permis aux Skulls d'enfin sortir un album en 2002, eux qui n'avaient qu'un maigre single à leur actif en 1977!
Certes, il ne reste plus que le chanteur du combo original, mais il a su s'entourer de bons et prestigieux amis (Gears, Weirdos, Adicts...) pour reformer le groupe en 2000 et montrer à tous ces jeunes que oldschool rime avec old Skulls !!!
Cet album est majoritairement composé d'enregistrements de leurs anciens titres qui n'ont pas pris une ride ni perdu leur verve nihiliste originelle, on s'en prend plein la face pendant presque une demi-heure et c'est salutaire, c'est revigorant... et ça réconcilie presque avec le genre humain!
Pour le coup, je suis d'humeur à partager avec vous leur album consécutif "The Golden Age of Piracy" en suivant.
Elle est pas belle la vie?!
Same Rip specs as usual, now life ain't so pretty so why don't you kill me?
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