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Writer living in Brooklyn. Former music journalist, currently building gofestively.com. See my other work at amy-nielsen.com
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Hard riffs don’t get much love on the radio these days, but Band Of Skulls aren’t concerned. The Southampton trio have been rocking to critical acclaim since 2008 with no intent to stop. Before they return this month with third album Himalayan, drummer Matthew Hayward shares what keeps the trio wide awake at the wheel of the once-beloved genre.

The rural countryside is a great place to record an album. It was the backdrop of Band Of Skulls’ sessions for 2009 breakout record Baby Darling Doll Face Honey as well as their 2012 followup Sweet Sour.

And it was an…


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Are you a little on the shy side? A self-proclaimed introvert? Put aside those silly anxieties, because making friends at a music festival is not only easy, it’s fun. As a former music journalist, I’ve attended my share of festivals and have compiled an arsenal of tested tactics to help you return to civilization with more friends than you brought along.

High five everyone

Let’s start with the basics. This classic festival move can be executed in two ways:

  1. Keep your hand in the air at all times. You don’t even have to do anything — the high fives will just happen.
  2. Find…

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