The Return of Brass Skulls
The band from Seymour, Texas storms the pub
The last time we saw Brass Skulls in Wichita Falls was when they performed an outdoor show at Bud Daniel Park in September of 2023, and we were very impressed with their songs, musicianship and stage show. Just before Christmas, Brass Skulls brought their show back to the Falls with a satisfying mix of classic and modern rock songs, original music, and they introduced us to a new member of the band, too.
Singer Landon Green brought the goods again with an exuberant showing and vocals that showed his talent and range. Landon’s flexibility in performing everything from Pink Floyd to Alice in Chains makes Brass Skulls the kind of show that entertains rock fans both young and young-at-heart, and keeps your party singing along all night.
Watching Brass Skulls on this occasion, I was again very impressed by bassist Sam Navarro and made a note of it, so I wouldn’t forget to mention it later.
Sam is an amazing bassist who seemingly never tires and bends the 4-string to her will in every performance. She spends the entire night doing walks and runs and multi-fret stretches that would make a lesser musician cower. With Sam’s husband Dave Navarro keeping time on the drum kit (and again providing amazing backing vocals and harmonies), the Brass Skulls rhythm section is as solid as you could hope for.
While Landon Green was leaving it all on the stage, and Sam and Dave kept the performance moving in lockstep, it became clear the meat and potatoes of this Brass Skulls show would be provided by longtime guitarist Clayton Miller, and brand new member Roger Smithson on lead guitar, in his first show with the band.
Smithson’s presence added a dynamic element to the Brass Skulls sound and freed Clay to offer up some lead vocals on an occasional verse, something I had not noticed from him at the previous show in Bud Daniel Park.
While Smithson nailed Randy Rhoads’ solo in Crazy Train, Miller’s rhythm backing kept the guitar sound full and made what I thought was a noticeable improvement in the overall Brass Skulls live sound. Roger Smithson is a quality addition to the band.
During this show, a fan who has seen quite a few shows at the Iron Horse told me Brass Skulls is her favorite band that she’s seen, and I was not surprised. This band from Seymour, Texas is quickly making a name for themselves, and belongs amongst the ranks of Hellen Bach and Strange Lucy, some of the most popular cover bands in Texoma.
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