OUR DEBUT EP: MEET THE SKULLERS
Jack Skuller, despite his youth, could certainly be viewed as music industry veteran. The prodigious talent released his first single at the age of 14 on Bar/None Records, setting the stage for an authentic rock and roll upbringing. Radio Disney took notice and sponsored a 15 city tour garnering the of attention of outlets from Consequence of Sound to Teen Vogue to American Songwriter .
In 2014 Skuller was recognized by Songmasters and the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame for his breakthrough talent as a singer/songwriter/performer. They awarded him the Holly Prize in tribute to the legacy of Buddy Holly and in recognition of Skuller’s all-in-one talent.
After closing that chapter of his life, Skuller is ready to make a new debut in music through his latest project, The Skullers . Channeling a powerful blend of blues-soaked modern rock with a rockabilly soul, the band has released a new EP, Meet The Skullers.
Following the release of their debut single, “Can We Do That Again,” The Skullers entered the studio this past spring with four time GRAMMY nominated producer Joel Hamilton (The Black Keys, Highly Suspect, Pretty Lights, Tom Waits). The resulting EP opens with an up-tempo rock burner, “Meet Me in Memphis,” an ode to letting loose. Meet The Skullers goes on to showcase the breadth of the band’s eclectic influences and stylings with cuts like “Eyes Open” “Pressure Face” and “Peace With You” expanding upon their pure rock center point.
The Skullers were recently featured as the Jersey Rock Video Of The Week on WRAT 95.9 Radio.
Bassist Luigi Sardi was interviewed by Bass Musician Magazine.
Bob Leggett / Indie Voice / LA Music Critic A few years back, we reviewed Jack Skuller, the frontman and guitarist for The Skullers. At the time Skuller was only 18. Now, four years later, he has created a band that is taking New Jersey and the east coast by storm. 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 wonder what the next four years will bring. We can’t wait to see what’s next for the Skullers. It is an honor to meet them.
The Aquarian Weekly "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!"
ComeHereFloyd/Tris McCall The Skullers, a trio fronted by Jack Skuller, a still-budding singer and songwriter from Weehawken who has been impressing audiences around here (and elsewhere) since he was in his early teens. Luigi Sardi, his bass player, is an ideal sideman – his tone is nicely abrasive, his technique is just dexterous enough to add some complexity to the country-rock songs without overwhelming them with busy-ness, and his growly parts manage to simultaneously evoke British Invasion pop and elbow-throwing punk. He’s also good at harmony vox and various stage poses; he looks ready for the arenas. That might be exactly where Skuller is heading. His 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”. 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.
Ear To The Ground “lead singer Jack Skuller rips through a bluesy rock jam that would give Gary Clark Jr. at least a head nod. Mixing Foo Fighters style rock with said blues; the band has crafted a captivating explosion of sound"
You Don't Know Jersey Their modern blend of traditional rock fused with blues based grooves sounded especially powerful in the upstairs stage among the high ceiling and stained glass windows. We came away incredibly impressed. "Peace With You” is a slow burner of a song, one of the best on the EP. It injects a bit of soul into their bluesy sound."
PopMatters 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.
Pancakes and Whiskey "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."
Jersey Beat "Gritty, bluesy rock and roll that sounds as if it woke up on the beer-soaked floor of a bar deep in the heart of Texas, but this all comes from Jersey. Jack Skuller has a Springsteen-esque story telling talent while he and mates play ZZ Top riffs on “Eyes Open” and the sinewy “Pressure Face”. “Meet Me in Memphis” captures rock’s blues-inspired origins, including rhyming couplets for lyrics accompanied by soaring harmonica and the controlled fury of Gabriel Scholis-Fernandez on drums. “Peace with You” is a meandering monolith with a rich tone and infectious groove, led by bassist Luigi Sardi. The energized “One Foot in the Grave” clamors with a Replacements-like glee and is the shining star of the five-song EP. There is a tremendous amount of talent within The Skullers, and when one considers that Jack Skuller was already a rock n’ roll veteran at age 14, the options are limitless for this outfit."
Ear To The Ground Here’s a blues rock song with some real grit and attitude. It’s about stress and dealing with difficulties in life. But more than anything, it shows off quality vocals and wrestles with relatable demons. Sometimes rock bands try to do too much, but the Skullers have a perfectly balanced and enjoyable sound. Hope to catch them live some day.
The Knockturnal And rock they did, blowing up the intimate Maxwell’s stage (so intimate Skuller stepped right off it and into the audience at one point). The music is hard pop rock with rockabilly leanings and a somehow cool, honest 80’s vibe to it; Skuller was the consummate showman, playing guitar, harmonica, and taking a break to toss a t-shirt into the crowd.
NJ.COM The Skullers recorded with producer Joel Hamilton (The Black Keys, Tom Waits), who perfectly captured the group's updated take on blues-based rock and rockabilly on five impressive tracks, from the good-times rave-up "Meet Me In Memphis" to the slinky blues groove "Pressure Faces," which spotlights Sardi's bass and Skuller's harmonica.
another whisky for mister bukowski: "NUGGET OF THE DAY – an avalanche of riffs very heavy and rock well. No quick measure, it goes fast, very quickly, it is a universal human comet. The band mixes rock and blues. It's really good and I really want to listen to more."
Indie Buddie: "Swoon worthy rock and roll of the 60’s greats these young lads have knocked it out of the park. That harmonica solo shrill and high-powered energy teamed with smooth croony vocals add a fiery hot smoulder to their modern rock and roll. Another mesmerising track from The Skullers, they have a bright future ahead."
Speak Into My Good Eye: debut EP, Meet The Skullers, with single “Meet Me In Memphis” leading the charge. The track is a great initial statement as The Skullers ride high swaggering over smokey blues-rock riffing.
One Stop Record Shop Injecting Monday with a slice of rock ‘n’ roll glory, The Skullers are here and they’re making a statement. Fresh cut “Meet Me in Memphis” is a raw and contemporary take on blues drenched Americana (don’t worry, there’s neither a pickup truck nor a fiddle in sight). A fresh take on a classic sound.
COOL DAD MUSIC: The Skullers worked with producer Joel Hamilton (The Black Keys, Highly Suspect, The Pretty Lights, Tom Waits) on the EP, and the collaboration results in a bluesy, high-energy introduction to the next chapter in Skuller's musical journey.
SSG Music: New Jersey trio the Skullers share a taste of bluesy rock via “Pressure Face” and bring back melody-focused alternative. Don’t mistake the radio-friendly vibe for pure sweetness. The young musicians are just doing grit their own way.
Impose Magazine NJ-based trio The Skullers are musicians dabbling in elements of alt, blues and all things righteous rock wise beyond their years.
Barry Gruff The Black Keys-esque stomp is replaced by the Mod-revivalist swagger of The Jam or The Rifles. Upbeat and up-tempo, a whirlwind of punchy vocals, guitar swaying twangyness and sing-a-long choruses combine and weave in and out of rumbling post-punk basslines. A raw, rumbling and addictive track delivered with a suave slickness.
NJ Racket: "“Can We Do That Again” is a modern rockabilly fusion, exhibiting a tailor-fitted roughness with a blues-pop swing.”
Indie Buddie: "a lime soda indie pop track, refreshingly smooth with zesty spritz of guitar. Elastic rumbling bass drives the track while soft punchy drums and clap along feature keep this track bouncy and animated. Creamy effortlessly cool vocals glide through the surf friendly catchy track."
Power Popaholic: "The debut single “Can We Do That Again” is a sharp bit of guitar pop”
Indie Bands Blog: "A blend of blues, dance and solid rock enables The Skullers, in Can We Do That Again, to deliver a track that has both a beguiling raggedy edged gruffness to it and a thundering beat”
Jack Skuller - vocals, guitar, harmonica
Luigi Sardi - bass
Robbie Grabowski - drums