Skull Defekts


My buddy Klint and I braved West Philadelphia’s streets back in April of 2011 to catch a show by Skull Defekts (featuring Daniel Higgs) and Zomes. Previous clips from that night have appeared on OV but for some reason I never finished editing and uploading the entire show. I found the folder while rummaging through a backup drive earlier today and randomly grabbed, edited and uploaded a song from the set  for you folks who’ve patiently waited for three years to see the whole thing.


Dances In Dreams Of The Known Unknown


I think it’s fair to say that the music of Daniel Higgs- whether with the seminal Baltimore based LUNGFISH, his more free-form solo offerings or his partnership with Swedish experimental outfit SKULL DEFEKTS- is critic proof. You’re either going to buy it or you aren’t. No review could dissuade a Higgs fan from purchasing his latest offering in whatever form it comes in regardless of the vitriol of the reviewer. Speaking for myself- I buy them all, figuring that the best of his worst is still more interesting to me than most of the new releases that will drop along side of it.

April 8th 2014 will see a new Higgs/Defekts collaboration- Dances In Dreams Of The Known Unknown– on Thrill Jockey Records. With any luck they’ll be touring to support the album and we’ll have a chance to hear the new material live.  The band has released a single and a video for Awaking Dream; check it out and let me know what you think.

The Skull Defekts – Awaking Dream from Thrill Jockey Records on Vimeo.


I think it was back in April that my buddy Klint and I went to see SKULL DEFEKTS feat. Daniel Higgs and Zomes at the DangerDanger Gallery in Philadelphia. Higgs mentioned something about Pawtucket, RI on stage but for the life of me I can’t remember if they had already played there or were headed in that direction.

Either way, the Defekts, Higgs and Zomes ended up getting some studio time in Pawtucket; the results of which is the 2013-3012 LP, currently available on ThrillJockey Records. (for those of us who don’t a record player fear not- it comes with a download code for the songs.)

I really enjoyed PEER AMID, and was lucky enough to film Zomes playing with them (click the Skull Defekts tag here on OV) so this is pretty awesome all around. And it comes with a painted Daniel Higgs cover.

Thrill Jockey: 2013-3012

Do you hear that sound?

Specs: Skull Defekts feat. Daniel Higgs | Filmed 7th April 2011 | Danger Danger Gallery, Philadelphia | Thrilljockey Records

It’s been a while since I listened to the Skull Defekts CD. ‘Peer Amid’ came into rotation today on my iPod via shuffle so I figured it was time for another live Higgs/Defekts video, recorded 7th April at Philadelphia’s DANGERDANGER Gallery.

Higgs looks like he could be the next member of Team Zissou.

Children of Skull Defekts

Daniel said that this song, Children of Skull Defekts, had just recently been written/recorded in Rhode Island. This performance features Asa Osborne (Zomes) on keyboard. The PEER AMID album was really catchy and a great return for Higgs to a more traditional ‘band’ format that a lot of us have been missing post Lungfish. If they’re writing more songs, does that mean we can expect another collaboration?

Specs: Skull Defekts feat. Daniel Higgs & Asa Osborne | Children of Skull Defekts | Danger Danger Gallery, Philadelphia

For more information about Skull Defekts- go here.

Skull Defekts feat. Daniel Higgs

Daniel Higgs with Skull Defekts, Danger Danger Gallery 7th April 2011

My buddy Klint and I braved West Philly and staying up past our bedtimes to catch Skull Defekts featuring Daniel Higgs (along with Asa Osborne’s ZOMES) tonight at the ‘Danger Danger Gallery’ on Baltimore Avenue. It was our first time at the venue, which is little more than a house with two entrances and a bunch of stairs. As we made our way upstairs (only to immediately head back downstairs) I noticed a hamper of laundry and a bunch of unread mail on the floor. A little more informal than I’m used to, but everyone was pretty chill and made our evening go by without too many snags.

Except for everything running late.

The venue is laid out on two floors- the four bands that played straddled the floors in time- Band 1 playing in the basement, Band 2 (Zomes) playing on the main floor, 3 in the basement and Defekts & Higgs on main. One after the other, with folks heading up and down the stairs as each set ended. Bit odd, but hey- if you have the space you might as well use it. I only ventured into the basement once; it smelled like drying latex paint, moldy basement and onions. With apologies to the other two bands, I didn’t return back downstairs, choosing instead to shoot the breeze with Klint, who I hadn’t seen since Higgs’s solo show at Brickbat last year. We hung in the back for the Zomes performance (which was good, but as Klint pointed out, much better recorded) but eventually made our way to the front for the Defekts, so I could utilize my little handheld video-doohickey and record (in my day we called it bootlegging- like Rerun at the Doobie Brothers show) the show.

I figured the lighting would be terrible and that I’d eventually end up with unwatchable video and passable audio; but thankfully they drowned the stage with two industrial construction style lights, making not only sauna like conditions, but great lighting for my little kodak. I just sort of held it close to my chest and hoped that I’d get good material- considering that they played a new track that’s not on the PEER AMID album titled ‘Children of Skull Defekts’ I really wanted to make sure to not wobble around too much.

All in all it was a great show; really good seeing Daniel in front of a band again (his LUNGFISH shows were always a good time) and I was really impressed with the Skull Defekts. I’m editing the videos I shot now, with an update expected by early Friday morning.

Picture above courtesy of Klint/Truthcult.