Well, you might have guessed it by the title – this won’t be a PG post. But that’s alright, because sometimes its worth breaking the cycle of clean fun in place of some profane education. I must confess that Big Fuckin Skull has done something that I have been waiting about 18 months for, and that’s for a very “out-of-the-mainstream” band that clearly doesn’t fit the “indie” genre to overlook the douchebag facade of a website like this one and send me on some brassball freakin rock! Indeed, I accept the notion that a feel-good website like Borangutan might be seen by some as douchy, or at the very least, less cool than other sites. That’s alright though – a site can’t be everything to everyone, right?
So when I first cracked open the package containing Big Fuckin Skull’s Skulls Rule -OK? I had to laugh! I mean c’mon, who trounces around wearing skull makeup and singing exclusively about skulls? (Alright, well, these guys sort of fit the description.) And whose press kit is comprised of a single hand scribbled note that says “Please review our new CD”? To all these things the answer is this – Big Fuckin Skull does! And you know what, it’s exactly what I would expect. If nothing else, these guys don’t pull any punches. They may masquerade about in skull makeup and construct elaborate stories concerning Big Fuckin Skull lore, but when push comes to shove, they are a true punk band that subscribes to a true punk ethos.
Skulls Rule – Ok? is thirteen songs about skulls. It’s also about a lot of strange things that surround post-mortem activities, I think, but still mostly about skulls. In fact, every song title contains the word skull in it, like: “Skulls Night Out,” “Two Skulls Have Eye,” “A Skull Strangled Peter,” and my favorite, “Tin Skull Soldier.” The lone exception is the slightly softer “The Ballad of Captain Bored Out Left Eye Socket,” which as you can see does not contain the word skull, but nonetheless has skull overtones. Thank the Big Fuckin Skull it does, otherwise, something just wouldn’t feel right about the impending end of the world.
Now you might be thinking, “well, I’m not really into skulls, and how could I possibly relate to skull music”? In all likelihood, this album won’t make you like skulls anymore than you already do, but there’s a good chance that if you fancy your inner punk rocker, then you may just find yourself liking Big Fuckin Skull a tad bit more by album’s end. Bring on the music that reminds me of my long lost Black Flag, Misfits, and Husker Du – and bring on the Big Fuckin Skull, I say!
I haven’t seen these guys live yet, but the next chance will be on August 5 at Eclipse Records on University Avenue in St. Paul. Mark your calendars and prepare for the coming.
Tin Skull Soldier – Big Fuckin Skull
P.S. Thanks Big Fuckin Skull for sending us something we don’t often get! Tell your friends, we want more of this!
Big Fuckin Skull – Website / Myspace / Get Some Music
posted July 15th, 2010 at 12:49 am
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