The Skull played Middle East Upstairs – 2/2
“Supergroup” might be the term to best describe The Skull, but that still doesn’t make them a traditional one. The band formed as an offshoot of doom veterans Trouble, minus that group’s founding guitarists, and performs their catalog alongside new tunes. The current lineup features Trouble vocalist Eric Wagner and bassist Ron Holzner, joined by a rotating cast with the pedigree of Pentagram, Witch Mountain and Cathedral behind them.
For their winter tour, the band brought Trouble’s 1990 self-titled record on the road, performing it in full each night. The crew expanded up to a six-piece, triple-guitar attack on stage and the grooves of the Rick Rubin-produced LP – a tipping point between Trouble’s early doom style and a more stoner rock-oriented direction – sounded great.
Local support for the night was well-matched in the double bill of Worshipper’s psych-tinged heaviness and the party-starting jams of Hey Zeus (who were a challenge and a lot of fun to shoot).
Photos from all three sets below.