Blackpool’s STRANGE BONES will release their loudest effort to date, BLITZ PART 2, on 28 February 2020. A sonic hybrid of venomous punk and crushing electronica, spat through gritted teeth, this collection of tracks takes the STRANGE BONES blueprint to new heights and is nothing short of innovative madness.
As a taster of things to come, the band release brash new single “NAPALM ÜBER ALLES” today, following the track’s premiere on Radio X yesterday.
“Napalm is my depiction of our false sense of morality in a society dictated by a false portrayal of who we are. Our happiness and mental health calculated by algorithms, and the ‘news’ we digest, which shapes our opinions, distracts us like a toy to a child, lands directly in the palm of our hands”, explains vocalist Bobby Bentham.
Recorded and mixed at STRANGE BONES own studio dubbed ‘THE SNAKEPIT’, PART 2 follows Blitz Part 1, which was released earlier this year with support from BBC Radio 1, Radio X, Clash, Rock Sound and Amazing Radio. “Blitz is a commentary of 21st century life,” says Bobby, “The hyper-normalisation of modern society, our reliance on self medication and self-built technological utopias in a world of accelerated modernity. Life and death in Blackpool UK”
Consisting of brothers Bobby (vocals, guitar), Jack (guitars) and Will Bentham (bass), and lifelong friend Stuart Newburn (drums). Strange Bones collectively grew up on an awe-inspiring diet of punk rock, with their parents being one of the first to film punk gigs to VHS tapes under the name Jettisoundz/Visionary (distributed by Rough
Trade, and eventually bought out by Cherry Red records). Hypnotised by performances from the likes of Black Flag and UK Subs, the sense of community combined with blistering energy is something Strange Bones endeavour to recreate at their notoriously ferocious live shows. Highlights include support to Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes, Yonaka and Cabbage, alongside Reading and Leeds, Isle Of Wight, Download, TRNSMT and 2000 Trees. Strange Bones were also shortlisted for Best Live Act at the 2018 unsigned music awards
“I grew up on everything from Black Flag to The Meteors – my parents saw to that. It was when I was leaving high school I began playing about with electronic music, mainly jungle and dubstep. I moved to Leeds a few years after that and started producing and DJing electronic music, and eventually started toying with the idea of mixing the punk with the electronic. It’s taken years to get here, but here we fucking go!
I hate the phrase ‘guitar music. It’s not dead, its not breathing, its just fucking music. Everything that once was, will be again, in one shape or form. Ever since I started writing music, I’ve always loved the idea of exploring every single back alley I could. A korg prodigy or a matchbox guitar… If I can get a mad sound out of it, I’m going to use it. Jungle to blues, acid to punk, its just fucking music”
– Bobby Bentham, vocals
Armed with an EP that hits like Tyson and an unquenchable thirst for live shows, Strange Bones are ready to shake things up, with a sound that is undeniably exciting.
BLITZ PART 2
NAPALM ÜBER ALLES
6 Dec – Werkhaus, London
14 Dec – Bootleg Social, Blackpool
23 Jan – The Waterfront, Norwich
24 Jan – The Venue, Derby
25 Jan – Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds
26 Jan – Phase One, Liverpool
28 Jan – The Moon, Cardiff
29 Jan – Cafe Totem, Sheffield
30 Jan – Think Tank, Newcastle
31 Jan – Beat Generator, Dundee
1 Feb – Base Camp, Middlesborough
2 Feb – Cafe Independent, Scunthorpe
4 Feb – The Cavern, Exeter
6 Feb – The Horn, St Albans
7 Feb – Sunbird Records, Darwen
8 Feb – The Sugarmill, Stoke-On-Trent
9 Feb – The Fulford Arms, York