The Horny Skulls are a four piece punk band from London, bursting onto the music scene.

Revealed: The Horny Skulls

The Horny Skulls, a four person punk band from London, formed in high school by hanging out and playing, but later evolved to playing gigs and writing punk-inspired songs without the political aspect that many punk bands involve in their music. Officially founded in 2009, the band has released two albums online and gained an audience from platforms such as bandcamp. They hope to release more music in the next few years, play more gigs around the world and have more fun, and they told me that their unique selling point was they don’t want to take themselves too seriously, very refreshing compared to many big artists today.

Influenced by the pop-punk scene of the 90’s, bands like blink-182 and Greenday have had a huge effect on the style of music they play today; “punk with a pop-punk heart”. Their sound is created as a result of each member listening to and appreciating slightly different styles of music. Their name stands out and, and is a “joke which is the basis of us as artists”.

The Horny Skulls’ music has evolved since their first session: starting out with a more metal style, before the influence of groups like Pink Floyd and the drummer, Steve’s, love of the 70’s rock scene, changed their sound to a mixture of everything. Initially their music sounds punky, but when you scrape the surface you discover an array of different music styles and genres, which makes them that little bit more unique.

Having written many songs, I was curious to know what their process for writing was, and what inspired them to write tracks. Many of the songs they wrote were about relationships and break-ups – “when you finally get over the relationship which has broken up and you start to date other people, you always write from where you are in your life…we take experiences from our lives”, again straying away from traditional political aspects of punk, for example, The Sex Pistols.

As a result of social networking, it’s much easier for upcoming bands to get themselves known – with people relying less and less on record labels you have more musical freedom. The Skulls use social networks, word of mouth and play as many gigs as possible order to spread their unique style of music. They said that nowadays you can’t rely on someone to find you but that you have to get out there and just play music.

Young Perspective will be releasing a full audio interview with The Horny Skulls soon, look out for it.

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