Having the buzz closely related to a volcano ready to erupt, Band of Skulls and Deap Vally being Skull-deep in Badassery made their Detroit début at Saint Andrews Hall.

Deap Vally; Call them the Thelma and Louise of the Black Keys, with Janis on Vocals. Hailing from Los Angeles, Deap Vally opened the show with more balls than the bearings on a Ferrari. Having been on my radar since their 2012 début single Gonna Make My Own Money, this was a real treat to watch. The guns-blazing set opened with a personal favorite, Baby I Call Hell, and included choice cuts from their début LP Sistrionix. Attendees will surely have the name Deap Vally imprinted in their Skulls.


As for the other Skulls, the Band of Skulls hail from Southampton, England, and is quickly taking over the U.S rock scene. The band offers up a badass brand of blues, garage, and alternative rock, which fits extremely well with the Detroit music scene, as I’m sure old and new fans would agree. The power trio played old favorites to new crowd, as well as fresh jams from their 2014 release, Himalayan. Fans left the show with faces melted. And speaking on behalf of Detroit, we cannot wait for their return.

National Rock Review covered Band Of Skulls previously at Pointfest 2014 in St Louis.  Please take a moment to review the photos from the show:
Pointfest 2014 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis, MO on 10-May-2014



About The Author

Mike Leslie is the lead singer and guitarist of the Detroit-based Mike Leslie Band. Formed in 2012, MLB has sold out numerous shows, won two Detroit Music Awards, including the Peoples Choice Award, showcased at SXSW 2013 and 2014 and won DOUG FMs regional crown at Battle of the Bands. In 2014, MLB released their debut album and went on the road for their first headlining U.S. tour. Mike earned a B.A. in Psychology from Oakland University and minored in Art History and English. His skill as an author and love of the written word was refined in college, but goes back to his early days in high school as an aspiring song-writer and musician. Mike Leslie joins National Rock Review as a columnist, covering artists both in Detroit and across the nation.

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