Mystery Skulls

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Mystery Skulls
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Mystery Skulls performs in Dallas
Background information
OriginDallas, Texas, United States
GenresElectronica, indie pop, Minneapolis sound, electronic rock, soul
Years active2011–present
LabelsWarner Bros. Records
Associated actsThe Secret Handshake
WebsiteMystery Skulls on Tumblr, BandCamp page
MembersLuis Dubuc

Mystery Skulls is an American indie pop/electronica act by Luis Dubuc that originated in Dallas, Texas but now operates out of Los Angeles, California.[1]

History[edit]

The project was formed in 2011 by Luis Dubuc after his previous project, The Secret Handshake, was dissolved.[2] Dubuc initially announced the project on August 8, 2011 via the Mystery Skulls official Tumblr account, where he posted a video of the song Amazing.[3] He later followed this post with a five-song EP on December 30, 2011.[4] Since then, Mystery Skulls has performed in cities across the country, signed with Warner Bros. Records, and has collaborated with noteworthy artists such as Brandy Norwood and Nile Rodgers.[5][6] Dubuc continues to perform shows across the country.

Chart history[edit]

  • Ghost (charted at 15 on the Billboard US Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart)[7]

Videos[edit]

Mystery Skulls have had seven official music videos so far. The first three released were for the first album "Forever"; "Ghost" released on February 5, 2014, which is a parody of The Exorcist; "Paralyzed" released on July 30, 2014, which is shown as a Japanese video game featuring mystic monks playing a basketball night-game; and "Magic" released on February 19, 2015, which is CGI animated and presents an alternate telling of how the galaxy came into existence. The next three released were for the second album "One of Us"; "Music" released on July 25, 2017, which is a love story in a futuristic world that is both a utopia and a dystopia; "Erase Me" released on October 12, 2017, which features Luis Dubuc with some surreal imagery; and "Endlessly" released on December 19, 2017, which is animated and features two blue-skinned humanoids battling an inverted alien all-seeing eye with Gundam-like mobile suits. The last one is a single for the upcoming album "Back to Life"; "Don't F**k With My Money" released on December 13, 2018, which features a scene from the film Drag Me to Hell. The only official videos to have at least a million views on YouTube is "Paralyzed" with a total 1.9 million, "Magic" with 1.4 million views and "Endlessly" with 1 million as of January 1, 2019.

On May 6, 2012, the YouTube user Ben Mangum, under the username MysteryBen27, released a fan-made animated music video featuring music by Mystery Skulls entitled "Turntable Turnabout" which featured the Ace Attorney characters Phoenix Wright, Miles Edgeworth, Godot, and the Judge dancing along to the song "Money".[8] As of January 1, 2019, the video has 21.1 million views on YouTube. On October 26, 2014, Mangum released an animated video for the song "Ghost", which featured original characters and a plot heavily modeled after the Hanna-Barbera cartoon Scooby-Doo.[8] The video became immensely popular and has received 34.1 million hits on YouTube as of January 1, 2019. A follow up to "Ghost", using the song "Freaking Out" was released on April 15, 2016, it also received praise and has 18.6 million hits on YouTube as of January 1, 2019. Another follow up to "Ghost", using the song "Hellbent" was released on October 13, 2018, it also received similar praise and has gained 5 million hits on YouTube as of January 1, 2019.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album Chart positions
US
[9]
US
Heat

[10]
US
Dance

[11]
2014 Forever[12] 141 2 3
2017 One of Us[13]
  • Released: August 4, 2017
  • Label: Warner Bros.
2019


Back to Life[14]
  • Release: April 12, 2019
  • Label: Warner Bros.

Compilations[edit]

Year Album
2015 Ultra Rare Vol. 1
  • Released: September 22, 2015[15]

EP[edit]

Year Album
2011 Mystery Skulls
  • Released: December 28, 2011[16]

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
Elect

[17]
US
Elect-Dig

[18]
"Amazing"[19] 2011 Mystery Skulls
"Ghost"[20][21][22] 2013 15 20 Forever
"Paralyzed"[23] 2014
"Number 1"
(featuring Brandy Norwood and Nile Rodgers)[24][25][26]
"Magic"
(featuring Brandy Norwood )[27]
"Music"[28] 2017 One of Us[28]
"Endlessly" 2018

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jude Lee, Joyce. "Interview: Mystery Skulls Talks Brandy, Frat Gigs, And Music". Neon Tommy. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  2. ^ Abbate, Jake. "Mystery Skulls will perform songs inspired by past influences". PSU Collegian. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  3. ^ "Mystery Skulls Tumblr First Post". 2011-08-08. Retrieved 2012-09-27.
  4. ^ "5 Song EP Available On Bandcamp". 2011-12-30. Retrieved 2012-09-27.
  5. ^ "Day Off: Mystery Skulls". 2013-06-12. Retrieved 2013-06-20.
  6. ^ Gabrielle Nicole, Pharms. "Mystery Skulls Talks New Album And Collaborating with Brandy & Nile Rogers". Life+Times. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  7. ^ "Ghost". Billboard. Retrieved 14 November 2014.
  8. ^ a b Blackburn, H. Drew. "MYSTERY SKULLS HIT THE MAJORS ON FOREVER". Dallas Observer. Retrieved 13 October 2015.
  9. ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/6304642/mystery-skulls/chart
  10. ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/6304642/mystery-skulls/chart?f=322
  11. ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/6304642/mystery-skulls/chart?f=324
  12. ^ Blackburn, H. Drew. "Mystery Skulls Hit the Majors on Forever". Dallas Observer. Retrieved 14 November 2014.
  13. ^ Music News Desk (June 23, 2017). "Mystery Skulls Ventures Into Dystopian World with New Album 'One of Us'". Broadway World. Retrieved June 23, 2017.
  14. ^ "Mystery Skulls: Back to Life". PledgeMusic.
  15. ^ https://mysteryskulls.bandcamp.com/album/ultra-rare-vol-1
  16. ^ https://mysteryskulls.bandcamp.com/album/ep
  17. ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/6304642/mystery-skulls/chart?f=1234
  18. ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/6304642/mystery-skulls/chart?f=1099
  19. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/artist/mystery-skulls-mn0003314744/biography
  20. ^ Loza, Larissa. "Exclusive: Mystery Skulls Reveals His "Ghost," Talks Warner Bros Deal, Nile Rodgers Collab". Vibe. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  21. ^ Barkan, Jonathan. "Mystery Skulls Spoofs 'The Exorcist' With "Ghost" Music Video". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  22. ^ "EXORCISE YOUR DANCE DEMONS WITH MYSTERY SKULLS' NEW VIDEO". Vice. Archived from the original on 29 October 2014. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  23. ^ Young, Killian. "A Grim Basketball Game Sets the Scene for Mystery Skulls' 'Paralyzed' Video". Spin. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  24. ^ Daw, Robbie. "Mystery Skulls, Brandy & Nile Rodgers Just Dropped "Number 1," The Best New Track You'll Hear This Week: Listen". Idolator. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  25. ^ Augustin, Camille. "New Music: Mystery Skulls Links With Brandy & Nile Rodgers For 'Number 1'". Vibe. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  26. ^ Anderson, Trevor. "Mystery Skulls, Lion Babe & Zella Day: Emerging Picks of the Week". Billboard. Retrieved 2 November 2014.
  27. ^ Daw, Robbie. "There's Another Mystery Skulls, Brandy & Nile Rodgers Song, And It's Appropriately Titled "Magic": Listen". Idolator. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  28. ^ a b Skulls, Mystery (2017-06-10). "NEW ALBUM COMING SOON!!". @MysterySkulls. Retrieved 2017-06-12.

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