With a name like Himalayan, you’d expect the third album from British rockers Band Of Skulls to be a massive, imposing piece of work but, aside from album opener “Asleep At The Wheel”, it seems that nothing could be further from the truth.

From the slightly camp, T-Rex inspired swagger of “Hoochie Coochie” to the slower, more psychedelic drawl of the Emma Richardson led “Cold Sweat”, Himalayan is a meandering, carefree album which, rather than having a direction, instead chooses to wander along happy to see where life takes it. You could, I suppose, describe Himalayan as a “mood album” and that mood appears to be one induced by those lazy, hazy days where you don’t have a care in the world.

The feeling created by the blend of blues, psychedelic, hippy-rock can best be summed up by quoting from opener “Asleep At The Wheel” when frontman Russell Marsden drawls “‘cos where we are going is anyone’s guess.” I think the real problem is the band don’t seem to be in a rush to get anywhere fast making the second half of this album, where Band Of Skulls really embrace this lazy, carefree attitude, something of a drag to get through.

With Summer coming and those long, lazy evenings sat in your garden with a beer on the go, maybe Band Of Skulls have provided the perfect soundtrack. Personally though, I found the whole thing lacked purpose, direction but most importantly, passion.

Track Listing:

01. Asleep At The Wheel
02. Himalayan
03. Hoochie Coochie
04. Cold Sweat
05. Nightmares
06. Brothers And Sisters
07. I Guess I Know You Fairly Well
08. You Are All That I Am Not
09. I Feel Like Ten Men, Nine Dead And One Dying
10. Toreador
11. Heaven’s Key
12. Get Yourself Together

Run Time: 47:41
Release Date: March 31, 2014

Check out the song “Nightmares”

I have an unhealthy obsession with bad horror movies, the song Wanted Dead Or Alive and crap British game shows. I do this not because of the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll lifestyle it affords me but more because it gives me an excuse to listen to bands that sound like hippos mating.