“The Flying Skulls are an internationally recognized West Coast production crew that plays dub-step, grimy breaks, and electro. Their sound has been described alternatively as "Mutant Electro Crunk," and "Improv Beat Bashing." Consisting of multiple producer/performers, The Flying Skulls also play variations of hip hop, house, and funk. Their first release on 1320 Records was described as, "A heavyweight collection of nasty synths, wobbly basslines and crunked out glitchy beats so dirty you'd swear they robbed their MPC players off a crack dealer."”
“The Flying Skulls first started performing together in April 2008. Originally the brainchild of Lowpro Lounge co-founder Jeff Wareham (J.Tonal) as a way to get "the precision of the studio on the dance floor." According to the band's website they aim to ultilize "the future-soundz of the modern dance music studio and interpolate them through the filter of live improv. With an old school jazz ethos The Skulls combine their tightly-honed electronic and hiphop infused sonic orchestra..." The Flying Skulls have released music on 1320 Records (Lift Off!, Take Flight!, Abducted! Vol 1, STS9: Make it Right Remixes), Mochipet's Daly City Records (Abducted! Vol 2), Muti Music, & BlipSwitch Digital. They also have a track featured in Tap Tap Revenge 3, the number one game for iPhones (30 million downloads). "With it's machine gun drum patterns, some of the squelchiest bass alive and twisted G funk synths, (Abducted! Vol 1 is) kinda like listening to classic Dr Dre in a K hole."”
"With a name like that, they’ve GOT to be good." – The SF Bay Guardian . "Melodiously mesmerizing and explosive beats... innovative arsenal of dynamic drums and live precision." -Chris Clark . "The Kings of improvisational beat-bashing…" – ChromeKids . "Your music makes me feel like I was slathered up in baby oil and trying to ride a greased pony. It's dirty, and I know funk because I'm from the South." -Erin from Mississippi . "Yall blew my mind at Kellys last night, I had no idea. Look forward to seeing yall again soon." - David Peitz . "Yo! I got mad RESPECT for what you and your friends are doing. Straight killing it and destroying folks. Much love!" Jerrell James Suelto . "I saw you guys in SF on New Years! You were amazing, your music really made me move! I hope you come to Chicago, or I go back to SF to see you again." - Amanda Mayfield
"Highlighted by an approach that incorporates four distinct sounds into a harmonious mélange, the Skulls (bring) the crowd to a boil early and never let off the gas." Their music has been described by one German music blog as "real sophisticated, hypnotic soundtrack type of music. Complex dubstep, if you like. Deep, dark, still funky ‘drink some whisky at night’ stuff," and by The Santa Cruz Metro Times as, "... bass-wobbling dubstep and glitchy breaks… a sinful set of seamless grooves that rattled windows and wiggled asses from one end of the club to the other. Pure bass-wasted fun..."
"Many an old skool Techno producer tried to install a Jazz ethos to the world of computer technology, I’m not convinced any of them truly managed it... People have found it hard to equate the rigid world of technology with that freestyle spirit, but Flying Skulls certainly help to bridge that gap. For me they might well be the kings of improvisational beat bashing and the two live sets we’ve put up on the blog have been testament to that. It makes sense then that they should release an album of tracks gathered from their live performances. A heavyweight collection of nasty synths, wobbly basslines and crunked out glitchy beats so dirty you'd swear they robbed their MPC players off a crack dealer. This is Flying Skulls in their element, and whether or not you could class it as strictly a live album, this album is most definitely live"
"We haven't yet finished jamming the last incredible live set they gave us (one of the most played mixes of last year) when the Flying Skulls do it once again with a set recorded at the Juxtapoz Magazine / ArtNowSF Party at VeniVidiVici in San Francisco earlier this month. We're gutted we missed this one with a line up which included Fantan Mojah and Ninja Ford live, Nosaj Thing, Gaslamp Killer and Egyptian Lover amongst many others, and if this Mutant Electro Crunk set is any marker of the night's quality it was a damned good one."
"[The Flying Skulls] produce some of the best deep bass party grime but somehow manage to stay sophisticated and hold the listener’s attention for more than 5 minutes. Raw, but never hard on the ears, each of the (producers) bring their own flavor, making the overall sound a tricked-out blend of crunk, dubstep and breaks." -Canary / Pirate Cat Radio 87.9fm.
"Local electro hooligans The Flying Skulls took the stage and brought some intense PA sounds to a crowd that was acting rather sprightly for 2 a.m... The Flying Skulls threw down an impressive set of exploratory electronic music. The dudes in the band were able to break down tracks and reconstruct them in a drastically different form than the studio versions, all while maintaining a manic stage show that's a helluva lot more visually engaging than watching some guy perform solo behind a laptop."