LIVE SKULL

DISCOGRAPHY (RELEASED BY BRONSON REC.)

PARTY ZERO (2023)

BANDCAMP

DIGITAL


DANGEROUS VISIONS (2020)

MARBLE RED LP

MARBLE LILAC LP

WHITE LP

CD

BANDCAMP


SATURDAY NIGHT MASSACRE (2019)

SOLID BLUE LP (LTD ED. 150)

BLACK LP

CD

DIGITAL


“Getting in a room and being really noisy is just a natural response to what’s going on right now, because otherwise you’ll just go crazy. That gave Live Skull a reason to exist again.”
– Mark C

Legendary New York veterans are back! Their new album ‘Party Zero’ – their third since rising from the grave – is one of their finest. Big in sound and brash on dynamics, while sophistication remains an essential element. The fusion of noise and unexpected tunefulness delivering a heady, psychedelic effect. This remains protest music of uncanny subtlety and power, over a chiaroscuro modern post-punk. It’s the sound of Live Skull in the 21st Century: timeless, angry and beautiful.

Insurrections. Global pandemics. The return of fascism. Climate crises. These are some serious times. But if you’ve got angst in your pants and you need to dance, or scream, or play guitar too loud too close to your amplifier, turn your ear to what Live Skull are doing. The New York noisers, who went on indefinite hiatus just before their kind of smart, gnarly, inventive din became lucrative, rose again in 2016. Their new album ‘Party Zero’, a thrilling work redefining what Live Skull means and what they stand for: no longer a group with a past, but one with a future.

‘Party Zero’ marks the arrival of guitarist Dave Hollinghurst, an electrifying presence pushing the band in a fresh, new direction. It’s a fiercely political album, in keeping with this politically fierce age. “Desperation inspires us to make art and music,” he says. “There’s a lot of birth and rebirth, looking for pathways of resistance and promoting the good and trying to fight against evil. I once said we had to start Live Skull because Reagan became president. And we had to restart Live Skull because Trump became president.”

‘Party Zero’ is big in sound, brash in dynamics. But the sophistication that was always the group’s calling card remains an essential element, dealing in the kind of pulverising pell-mell that characterised the 80s New York sound, but also radiant with melody, the fusion of noise and unexpected tunefulness delivering a heady, psychedelic effect.

This is timely music, essential, impassioned, angry and beautiful. It’s the sound of Live Skull in the 21st Century, a desperate time that needs heroes like these. “We’ve been pushed to the edge – how do we claw our way back?” asks Mark. “That’s been a common theme in Live Skull since the beginning, and so it is now. We’re trying to provoke thought.” 

credits

released May 26, 2023

Live Skull are: Rich Hutchins Dave Hollinghurst Kent Heine Mark C.
Recorded at Deepsea – Hoboken NJ by Mark C
Produced by Live Skull
Mastered by Fred Kevorkian
Special Thanks: Jen Jaffe – Julie Hair – Nancy Hollinghurst – Sasha Gross – Hannah Moorheatd – Tha-lia Zedek – Enrico Martinelli + The Bronson Crew – Chris Angiolini – Bruno Rules!
Cover Art + Design: Mark C – Layout: Alec Ferrel