Video Premiere: Anton O’Donnell “Skulduggery”

Check out the latest single from Glasgow singer-songwriter and former Twang Factor winner, Anton O’Donnell.  ‘Skulduggery’ finds O’Donnell in a forceful mood, with pounding drums, pulsing bass and Roscoe Wilson’s fuzzy guitar forming a stirring, full sound over which Anton delivers a compelling, powerful vocal.  The song has loads of groove with extra depths and heights from Russ Pahl’s sweeping pedal steel and a burst of harmonica from O’Donnell.  In the accompanying video, we get to see O’Donnell and his talented band at work, rocking and driving their way through ‘Skulduggery’.

Lyrically, it’s a thought-provoking piece about conflict and perceptions as O’Donnell explains: “I was going to call this song, ‘A Day in the life: Under Occupation’. There’s something quite embarrassingly sad about how mainstream media/news portrays conflict in different parts of the world; the narrative can come across very one-sided and in the favour of the oppressor. But when you dig a little deeper, the opposite is true.”

Known for his work with his band Anton & The Colts as well as his solo releases, O’Donnell released his latest album, ‘Forty’s the New Thirty’, in May 2023 – see our review here.  To celebrate his 40th birthday, O’Donnnell put together a collection of home recordings, featuring both old and new compositions.  Take a look at our review here.  It’s a fine place to start for any readers who are unfamiliar with his work and it’ll keep you going until the next album, coming in the autumn 2023.

About Andrew Frolish 1473 Articles
From up north but now hiding in rural Suffolk. An insomniac music-lover. Love discovering new music to get lost in - country, singer-songwriters, Americana, rock...whatever. Currently enjoying Nils Lofgren, Ferris & Sylvester, Tommy Prine, Jarrod Dickenson, William Prince, Frank Turner, Our Man in the Field...
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