The Skullers
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The Skullers

Jersey City, NJ | Established. Jan 01, 2016 | SELF

Jersey City, NJ | SELF
Established on Jan, 2016
Band Rock Blues Rock

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Jun
20
The Skullers @ Gold Sounds

Bushwick, New York, United States

Bushwick, New York, United States

Apr
11
The Skullers @ Coney Island Baby

New York, New York, United States

New York, New York, United States

Oct
24
The Skullers @ Hill Country

New York, New York, United States

New York, New York, United States

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"Jersey Rock Band of the Week: The Skullers"

Weehawken Blues Rockers The Skullers continue to impress, racking up glowing reviews and regularly adding to their fan base. Make no mistake; this band is headed somewhere.... The group released a killer cover of Richard Hell’s “I’m Your Man” over the summer and is donating all proceeds from the sale of the track to Career Gear. - WRAT-FM


"VIDEO PREMIERE – “PRESSURE FACE” BY THE SKULLERS"

With a proper blues-stomping backbeat and righteous harmonica, “Pressure Face,” wastes no time in getting to the point, which is to rock your face off. With silky smooth and clear lyrics, the tune ebbs and flows perfectly with memorable and soaring choruses all while the churning guitars never stop. Paired with the straight forward, but fantastically-spastic videography, this makes for a solid video that you’ll be playing over and over. - Pancakes and Whiskey


"North Jersey Notes – The Skullers"

"I heard an amazing blues band on Tom Hanley’s Jersey Rock show on the WRAT one night on my way home from rehearsal. The best part was that the band was from North Jersey — Weehawken to be exact — and they called themselves The Skullers, named after frontman and guitarist, Jack Skuller. Wanting to hear more, I checked out the band’s debut EP, Meet The Skullers, and really loved the soul that singer Jack Skuller showcased in his vocals on songs like “Meet Me in Memphis,” “Pressure Face,” and “Peace With You.” You can’t have the blues without a little soul, and Skuller definitely has it!" - The Aquarian Weekly


"The Skullers - 'Meet the Skullers' (premiere)"

In spite of his age, singer, guitarist, and harmonicist Jack Skuller fronts his namesake band the Skullers with all of the verve of a veteran who’s been at it for decades. Meet the Skullers, comes with a fiery, bluesy sentiment that feels like an assemblage of music well beyond their years. - Pop Matters


"Jersey City Spring"

(the) numbers are immediate and crowd-pleasing enough for Nashville – particularly his Beatlefied version of Richard Hell’s scruffball “I’m Your Man”, and a new original called “She Denies The Things She Loves”. If an amphitheater-touring country roughneck plucked these guys from Hudson County tomorrow and stuck them in a support slot, I wouldn’t be surprised at all. - Come Here Floyd


"Get it or Forget it - The Skullers"

This debut five-song EP is a treasure, and exhibits so much potential for this band. All five of these songs are great, with just the right amount of attitude, guitar, drums, and the amazing rock and roll voice of Skuller. We can’t wait to see what’s next for the Skullers. - Indie Voice (Bob Leggett/LA Music Critic)


"Should be a hit single: The Skullers “Can We Do That Again”"

I have to draw your attention back to their killer 2017 single, “Can We Do That Again.” Described by some writers as neo-rockabilly and bop, I think the sound is pretty timeless. From the hooky lead line opener to the swing in the chorus, the vocals and guitar gel in a way that could put this song in any number eras, including this one. - Pop Rock Record


"THE SKULLERS RIP IT UP IN THE SUN AT LUCKY 7’S BBQ"

“This show was a lot of fun.” Jack Skuller had read my mind, but it was still cool hearing that the band had enjoyed it as much as the audience clearly had. We had a blast watching The Skullers play Lucky 7’s Rock ‘n Roll BBQ in Jersey City – not only because we dig his classic songwriting, but because the band sounds excellent live and delivered a fiery performance. The fact that it was a short-and-sweet set didn’t at all lessen their impact; in fact, it felt like they poured all the more passion into the handful of songs they chose, each of which had the crowd swaying and bobbing their heads happily. As the sun beat down on Saturday afternoon, the local beer from Brooklyn Brewery tasted extra crisp, and the BBQ options from Bearded One (including pulled pork, brisket grilled cheese, and more) ensured we had ample energy to watch The Skullers rock.

The three talented dudes – including Skuller on vocals, guitar, and harmonica, Luigi Sardi on bass and background vocals, and drummer Brian Fahey – were locked in to each other’s fast motions, visibly having a good time cooking up their blues-steeped sound in true rockabilly fashion. Starting off with a bang, they went all out on “Meet Me in Memphis” from Meet the Skullers, the debut EP they put out two years ago that is begging for an upcoming LP. The audience was already grinning and taking videos, but The Skullers made the mood even brighter with a bit of wit between songs. “We’ve been a band for twenty years,” Sardi deadpanned, triggering giggles. At another point, Skuller observed how the crowd was split between direct sunlight and the shelter of a spacious tent. “You guys are smart over here!” he gestured toward the shady side of the audience. “And you guys are tough!” Skuller acknowledged the sunny side. “We’ve got tough and smart,” he said affectionately, stirring up cheers as they did with every song. It was especially neat watching them dish out “Brooklyn Girls” – the super-catchy new single that we had the honor of premiering on P&W.

When the sweat was still dripping, just after the applause had died down, we were lucky to chat with Skuller himself in that moment – and he revealed some exciting updates while discussing what’s next for the band. “We’re putting out a new EP of brand new original tunes in the fall, and new music videos are coming soon too.” He also noted that The Skullers are playing a Hoboken show at Southwest Park on Sunday, July 28th. “We’re still finishing up in the studio with Don DiLego,” said Skuller, referring to the Americana artist/producer with whom they worked on “Brooklyn Girls” (DiLego even contributed some percussion and background vocals). “He’s great, and he’s a musician first,” Skuller said of DiLego. “He really brings the best out of us. Because he’s a songwriter and performer first, he kind of knows how to elicit that strong performance out of us. Everything was first take. It’s been so easy and smooth with him. He’s a really great producer.”

Having grown up in the area (in Weehawken), he told us a little bit about why he likes playing for New Jersey crowds. “It’s definitely different,” said Skuller, comparing NJ to NY. “You can see everybody grows up differently in different places. But there’s a real appreciation for songwriters in New Jersey. We love playing in Jersey; it’s right at home – really great events and all of the locals just love coming to these things.” Discussing their history, he said admiringly of his bandmates, “Brian and Luigi have known each other longer, because they were in a lot of other bands. And that’s super important with the rhythm section – that they’re locked in – and they totally are. We get to the venue, we look at the stage, and we go, ‘That’s our playground,’ and just go with it. We love each other. Total chemistry. And we all just love this kind of music.” - Pancakes and Whiskey


Discography

"Meet The Skullers" is a five song EP produced by GRAMMY nominee Joel Hamilton (Tom Waits, Norah Jones, Black Keys)

PopMatters review:
In spite of his age, singer, guitarist, and harmonicist Jack Skuller fronts his namesake band the Skullers with all of the verve of a veteran who’s been at it for decades.  Meet the Skullers, comes with a fiery, bluesy sentiment that feels like an assemblage of music well beyond their years.

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Pop Rock Record 
New Jersey’s The Skullers have a great new single, a cover of a 1977 Richard Hell b-side called “I’m Your Man.” Their take marries a 1970s new wave sensibility with a more recent and fresh sound not unlike the UK’s Vaccines.

ComeHereFloyd/Tris McCall (the) numbers are immediate and crowd-pleasing enough for Nashville particularly his Beatlefied version of Richard Hell’s scruffball “I’m Your Man”, and a new original called “She Denies Herself The Things She Loves”.

The Jersey Journal
"...emerged as one of the most reliable live acts in the area, bringing a hip modern take to classic rockabilly and blues. This cover of a Richard Hell track from the '70s helped broaden the group's already impressive palette."

"Meet the Skullers, comes with a fiery, bluesy sentiment that feels like an assemblage of music well beyond their years." – PopMatters

"This debut five-song EP is a treasure, and exhibits so much potential for this band.  All five of these songs are great, with just the right amount of attitude, guitar, drums, and the amazing rock and roll voice of Skuller." – Bob Leggett / LA Music Critic 

"I heard an amazing blues band on Tom Hanley’s Jersey Rock show on the WRAT FM" – The Aquarian Weekly 


PRESS RELEASE

Freight Trains & Party Games is the new EP from New Jersey based rockers The Skullers, due October 18, 2019 on all digital streaming platforms. The EP was produced by acclaimed artist/producer Don DiLego at his Velvet Elk Studio in the Pocono Mountains, PA. 
This recording reveals the ever-evolving songwriting of frontman singer/guitarist Jack Skuller who received the Holly Prize in 2014, an award made possible by the Songwriters Hall of Fame as a tribute to the legacy of Buddy Holly. In 2020, Skuller will celebrate his tenth year in the music business since his debut single at the age of 14. 
Two standout tracks “She Denies Herself The Things She Loves” and “Out Of The Garden” were co-written by Jack Skuller and art-pop singer/songwriter George Usher who says “Jack’s the real deal...sounds completely contemporary, while having the red hot blood of the original 50’s rock and rollers coursing through his veins.”  Skuller says “It’s an honor to write with George Usher, who has mastered the art of storytelling with his songs. It certainly feels like George and I are in sync, and he has a real understanding of the rock’n’roll I’m rooted in.”
The EP includes a bonus track live recording featuring Jack Skuller at the Third Man Record Booth in Nashville, Tennessee performing an early version of “She Denies Herself The Things She Loves.”  Skuller says “I couldn’t go to Nashville without stopping at the Third Man Records recording booth. To me, that booth is the ultimate expression of individuality in music  - one person, one guitar, one microphone, one vinyl pressing. Plus, Neil Young made an album in there. I was grinning a bit the whole time.”
The Skullers have developed a local reputation for their dynamic live shows and powerful recordings. The band’s sound is an organic hybrid merging the blues and rockabilly of Jack Skuller with the urgent and powerful playing of punk inspired drummer Brian Fahey and bassist Luigi Sardi.
Skuller also produced a video for each of the five tracks which launched with “Brooklyn Girls” earlier this past summer. The second single/video off of the EP is “She Denies Herself The Things She Loves” due September 27. The video pays homage to legendary choreographer and director Bob Fosse and features dancer Jessica Castiglione. 
Skuller says “This EP is a huge personal evolution for me - I’ve never felt more confident in my own songwriting than right now. I’m excited for people to hear it. Each of the five songs kind of takes on a life of its own - a reaction to the great studio environment we had up in the Pocono woods with producer Don DiLego.”
Freight Trains & Party Games will be released on October 18 accompanied with a video for the track “Still Life.”

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