No Skull Reborn

2020 fucking sucked and everyone knows it. Everything changed so quickly and most of it wasn’t for the better. Just about the time the country was starting to close down due to the pandemic, No Skull was finishing up our self titled full length album Noskull. We eventually put the album out along with a live recording of a  radio performance The Basement, a remastered version of the first full length Dreadear and an early demos compilation album Unsatisfactory. Once the stay at home order was in effect and the city closed down, No Skull slowly disintegrated.

first new No Skull jam. May 22 2021.

In early 2021 while getting distracted from working on demos for a new set of songs, ex-No Skull drummer Abby contacted me saying a few fellas we knew from a rad local band called Laddermatch were looking for a new project. I honestly blew it off thinking, “ I’ll keep my ear out ” as I was neck deep in not really doing the new No Skull demos. A few weeks later one of the guys Erik contacted me saying Abby told him I was looking for people to play with, and although I didn’t think I was, I would be proven wrong.

Last week for the first time in over a year No Skull shook off the dust and blasted some tunes. 

foolin. May 22 2021.

Although we’d talked for the last month in text, I met up with Dusty (drums) and Erik (bass) to play for the first time last weekend. It was a long drive from Haslett out to Orleans, but I was warmly welcomed when I arrived. We shook hands, set up gear & chatted and then with hardly any discussion about it, we blasted through an almost flawless version of Nirvana’s Dive. That’s when I knew these were the guys I didn’t know I was looking for. That’s when I knew No Skull was back from the dead, risen from the grave dug by 2020. 

I believe Erik and Dusty are going to bring a fresh new take to the slow moving marshmallow and caramel sludge river that is No Skull. I’m happy to have them on board.
I want to give a huge thanks to Abby for inspiring this new No Skull line up. She was a badass drummer in AND out of No Skull, and I’ve never had an ex band member recruit the new line up. That’s a pretty selfless and mindful move and I’m grateful. Abby has a killer new band called Bloody Butterflies, check them out!  

I have high hopes for this iteration of No Skull as these guys are great musicians and chill, fun guys. It’s not often you meet people you click with right away musically and personally, so I guess I lucked out with these wrestlin’ buddies.

In the next few months we’ll be working on new material, getting our poop in a group and getting ready to play out as soon as we get the chance. We have plans for a few releases, immediate and in the future, as well as other goodies on the horizon including new shirts & other merch and a possible webisode series of No Skull foolery. 
We’ll keep updates coming on everything through facebook and instagram. As the world is starting to open back up we are hopeful for many good things, one of which is to be rocking for our friends and fans as soon as time allows. We hope to see you soon.
Ryan, No Skull
May 2021

No Skull Reborn May 2021

No Skull EP release

On Friday, October 11th we released our debut EP on CD and tons of digital platforms ( Spotify, Pandora, YouTube, Bandcamp, Itunes, Apple Music, Google Play, Apple Music…so many more I can’t remember now).

The CD release show was held at the Avenue as part of GTG Records annual GTG Fest, a 3 day event featuring some of Lansing’s best underground independent rock. It was great to have so many of our favorite hometown acts on the same bill.

We volunteered our gear for a backline for the night, so we had to get there early and I’m glad we did because my slow ass would have more than likely missed the opening band Silktail.

Silktail might be one of my favorite Lansing bands now. Giving off a real 90’s vibe kind of on the edge of shoegaze but with a bit more power and really great songs. I hope to see more of those guys around.

Lansing’s weird metal vets Cavalcade were great. I always enjoy playing with and talking to those fellas. This night they were celebrating Halloween a bit early dressed in animal masks and rocking a rad cover of the Ramones song Pet Cemetery. As usual, very entertaining.

I was happy to watch Rites of Gaia, my brother’s band, rip through a quick set of well arranged post punk songs. Great grooves and killer drumming. Love that band.

I didn’t get to watch Disappointed Dad as much as I would have liked because we were setting our gear up. I will say Josh David stripped down to his undies, ran around, ran outside, ran into people and yelled some stuff at me that I couldn’t quite make out. So, everything I would expect from him. What I did get to see was really good and entertaining.

It was a great night with a really good turn out and we all had a blast. I missed a lot of bands hanging around with friends I hadn’t seen in a while and sneaking out to the car with my wife to eat Jimmy Johns and sweet treats from Dusty’s Cellar. The food and sweets we packed really helped me make it to show time! On a normal night I am in bed by the time our set was scheduled for, so the cannoli really lifted my spirits to rock levels.

I really want to give thanks to all the folks at GTG Records for all their hard work. We had an amazing night for our record’s release with lots of friends and we sold a bunch of CDs. I attribute much of this to the GTG crew.


-Ryan, No Skull

October 13th 2019.

P.S. The next day (Saturday October 12th) I went to the Record Lounge and caught Neighbor Kids (funny anti folk) and Ouch My Shoe! (that’s my son and his Dad’s band) who were great! Then today (Sunday October 13th) I just went up to Mac’s Bar and caught Sleeping Timmy (Who were great! Hadn’t had a chance to see them till today and was pleasantly surprised) and The Stick Arounds who were particularly energetic tonight. Best I’ve seen them play in a while. Again, great nights and great friends. GTG Record’s crew really puts on a good fest.

Pre Sale!!

Greetings Friends of No Skull! The time has come! CD pre sale time!

We have all our new merchandise ready and for sale including our new self titled ep, fresh new t shirts, stickers and buttons. The official release is October 11th (at GTG Fest!) but you can get it right now! Just click the merch link and jam at the buttons until No Skull goodies show up at your door.

No Skull: The Website

Well wash my mouth out with soap! We have a website! The eventual epicenter of all that is No Skull. It’ll be a little bit before we have everything set, but we hope to have all of your No Skull needs taken care of…streaming music, videos, merchandise of all kinds, news, social media…..all in one place! Our album will be out October 11th (more info on that real soon!!) and we’ll be out there rockin’ again soon! Poke around the website, you might find something special we haven’t reported on just yet!! 

no skull crossed out skull logo in crayon. spring 2018
summer skull