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Band of Skulls finding sweet in the "Sour"

for Journal Register Newspapers

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After a warm reception to its 2009 debut album, and the inclusion of the song "Friends" on "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" soundtrack, Britain's Band of Skulls moved into its next album with some momentum.

But singer-bassist Emma Richardson says the trio "didn't have a plan" for "Sweet Sour," which came out in February.

"Everyone just laid all their ideas on the table and ended up coming up with what we have for this record," explains Richardson. "It's a bit of a sum-up of the past couple years. We were on tour for a long time, so it was nice to get into the studio and work again.

"It takes some time because everyone's got to agree on everything. It's got to pass a lot of tests, so it takes a little more time than most bands. We've learned to talk through it, at least. It never comes to punches or anything like that."

And while "The Twilight Saga" and other song placements -- including "Friday Night Lights," "The Hangover Part II," "Britain's Next Top Model" and a variety of video games and ads -- were key to winning Band of Skulls an audience, Richardson says licensing is not as great a priority for "Sweet Sour."

"You're offered things; sometimes they feel right, sometimes it doesn't," she explains. "You have to go on gut instinct, really. It's been helpful to us in the past; we wouldn't have been able to make this record and go on tour again if we hadn't done some of those things.

"So we don't want to turn up our noses, just because. But you don't' want to be known as the band who has all their songs on ever advert, either. We just have to make sure it's the right thing."

Band of Skulls and We Are Augustines perform Monday, April 2, at Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call 313-961-8137 or visit www.livenation.com.

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