"Alt-rock" is an insult. Destroy Your Self is extraterrestrial and vastly sweet-sounding, with tracks "Carnivore" and "The Static in Between" teetering between rigorously mellow and painstakingly dreamlike, before the entire effort is thrust forward with powerful rock crescendos.

Seattle Weekly

"I like those guys...nice harmonies and the lyrics are really cool"

John Curley - 97.3 KIRO - The John Curley Show

“But seriously, though: i've picked up so much good music so far this year... like shit I LOVE. "Destroy Your Self," listened to twice all the way through in my car (and a couple of songs twice in a row), is the best yet. well played, good sirs.”

Facebook Fan

“This is easily going to be one of the better sounding albums you will hear this year…oceanic rock music with natural pop sensibility”

Jacob Bruggman - Bottle Full of Rain

a little bit funky...a little bit psychedelic...they definitely mix it up...i think if you go and check it out you will be sweetly surprised

Sean DeTore - 97.3 KIRO - The John Curley Show

About The Shining Skulls

The Shining Skulls was founded in Seattle, WA by Benjamin Josiah Trimpe (producer/multi-instrumentalist) and Andrew Bailey (guitarist/singer) in late 2008. Soon thereafter they were joined by Jordan Cassidy (bassist/singer). In true Spinal Tap fashion, the Skulls went through 3 drummers (none of them actually died) in less than two years until the fall of 2010 when Keith Greer (percussionist) solidified the lineup.

The band derived their name from the Skull Shining breathing technique used in yoga, which is a purposeful breathing technique that makes your head buzz. The fans who have seen TSS perform live can attest that their extremely tight, dynamic stage show is a head-buzzing and face melting experience.

Though their live show is The Shining Skulls calling card, they sought to be more than another great live act on the Seattle music scene. After releasing their eponymous EP in spring 2010 they began working on a full-length, self-produced LP. After more than 7 months of recording and production, The Shining Skulls released Destroy Your Self (Your and Self are purposefully separated).

During the recording process, the band set its sights on creating of an album that was more than just a collection of hopeful singles. Set against the bar-code backdrop of modern working-class America, DYS was also to be a document of change, emotional transformation, and eventual freedom of the self.

“The entire idea of Destroy Your Self is the idea that what we often take to be the self, is not the self at all,” says Trimpe. “As a society we often have a screwed up sense of what the self is. We feel entitled to answers and in turn, we attach our beliefs and feelings of personal value to all of these arbitrary things that are completely separate from the self. In doing so, we give all of our own power away. I think that in order to achieve some kind of happiness in life you kind of have to let go and rip all that shit down.“

Produced and mixed by Trimpe and written by the entire band, the album was released in August, 2011. Equal parts tender beauty and frantic rage, DYS embraces rock classicism and futurism simultaneously, sounding somehow familiar yet never tipping its hat as to what comes next. Melodies and subtle texture weave elegantly through songs that explore subject matter from love and sex (“The Static in Between,” “Pipeline”) to the hollow comforts of 21st century America (“Pretty People,” “Provided by the Management”). DYS is available at several mom and pop record stores in the Seattle Metro area as well as on iTunes, Amazon, Zune Marketplace, Bandcamp and CD Baby.

The Shining Skulls will also release a string of their more radio friendly singles sometime in the upcoming months.

By refusing to bow down to trends or succumb to the idea of “cool,” The Shining Skulls has developed a hardcore following in a very short amount of time. They are also a very tall band with three members standing six-feet-tall or over. Nothing like the miniscule guys with flat-ironed hair you’ve seen dancing around on MTV(when they used to actually play videos), The Shining Skulls are a true rock n’ roll tower of power. Couple that with a kick-ass live show and top-notch songwriting and you’ve got a band that is poised for the next level.


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