Live Skull have announced a new album, Dangerous Visions, to be released via Bronson Recordings on December 11. Emerging in the early ‘80s at the end of New York’s legendary no wave scene alongside Manhattan comrades Sonic Youth and Swans, Live Skull reshaped the aggression of burned-out post-punk into heavy, guitar-driven rock. This new release showcases their evolution, with Side 1 featuring recently recorded tracks, whilst Side 2 digs into the archives and includes four tracks from their 1989 Peel Session, released here for the first time.
‘In A Perfect World’, the first single to be taken from the album, is fraught with the tension of our times. Sirens wail, then a bass crashes through. Cooped up in his apartment during “the darkest moment of the [COVID-19] shutdown in NYC,“ singer and guitarist Mark C wrote lyrics and recorded vocals while ambulances sped past outside. “I sat in the dark...and dreamed of a more perfect world to replace the damaged one we lived in,” he recalls. “But, as gritty guitar sounds and the incessant beat of the drum and bass line charged forward, I knew we belonged to this world of struggle and chaos.”
Live Skull stopped playing in 1990–but for Mark C, there was still more to be said. So he reformed the group in 2016 with bassist Marnie Jaffe and drummer Richard Hutchins. Last year, an updated line-up with C, Hutchins and bassist Kent Heine recorded the first Live Skull album in nearly three decades, the urgent, forceful, Saturday Night Massacre. Now, just a year later and joined by guitarist Dave Hollinghurst, they return with Dangerous Visions, and this time everyone from the entire Live Skull history is involved.
'Dangerous Visions' track list:
Side 1 (2019-2020)
1. In a Perfect World (YouTube)
2. Debbie’s Headache (new version)
3. Day One of the Experiment
5. Twin Towers
Side 2 (1987-1989)
1. Safe From Me (Peel Session)
2. Some One Else’s sweat (Peel Session)
3. Adema (Peel Sessions) (unreleased)
4. Amputease (Peel Session)
6. Alive Again