The Aztec Skulls remain active to this day recording and releasing new material. Their first CD “You Can’t Sing” was released by Anthracite Records in 2010. Their newest CD, “Revenge Of The Skulls” was released in December 2012.
“The Aztec Skulls … the best rock to come out of Northeastern Pennyslvania since anthracite!!!” or so mused one scribe. And how right he was!!! Like the coal breakers of old, the Aztec Skulls crank out rock songs with all the subtelty of a locomotive.
In an industry that thrives on labeling music, the Aztec Skulls generate a sound with universal appeal, somewhere between hard-rock, country, acoustic and plain-old rock. Label it what you will.
Although officially formed in 2009 in Northeastern, Pennsylvania (USA), by David Pugliese
(b. May 30: drums, percussion, vocals, ex-The Breeze, Ground Zero, and other notable groups) and Kevin Martin
(b. June 1, guitar, bass, vocals, keyboards, ex-The Breeze and other not-so notable groups), the Aztec Skulls (term coined by Brandenberg) has existed for some time evolving out of the area’s eclectic scene. The early 1990s lineup included David Pugliese (b. May 30: drums, percussion, vocals, ex-The Breeze, Ground Zero, and other notable groups), Kevin Martin (b. June 1, guitar, bass, vocals, keyboards, ex-The Breeze and other not-so notable groups) and Billy Brandenberg (b.unknown: guitar, bass, vocals, ex-The Breeze). While the lineup enjoyed moderate success, Brandenberg soon moved on and the group took a much needed rest to pursue other interests.
After a lengthy hiatus, Pugliese and Martin began working together again in February 2009. Initially, the Aztec Skulls had planned to join a growing swell of cover bands however they quickly moved on to writing and recording their own music. This allowed them a greater flexibility in expressing themselves musically and exposed them to a much wider audience – and was also a lot more fun.
An off-handed comment by a local musician led to the title of their debut recordings “You Can’t Sing”. This musical collection includes songs that defy the typical industry labeling standard but instead move up and down the airwaves somewhere between hard-rock, country and classic rock. In another unprecedented move by the band, they release the tracks directly to their Official Web Site (www.aztecskulls.com) as they are completed instead of compiling them for a CD release. This has allowed them to interact with their fans throughout the recording process and give the fans some input into crafting their sound. In fact, “You Can’t Sing” includes two of their more humorous tracks, “How Long” and “Leave Me Alone”. The length and content of these songs indicate that the Aztec Skulls are playing for their fans.
To date, the Aztec Skulls have released several songs that have been extremely well received. This effort allows the band to boast of collecting fans from Pennsylvania to Michigan to South America to Asia. Cool, huh?
Everyone agrees: “The Aztec Skulls … the best rock to come out of Northeastern Pennsylvania since anthracite!!!”