Red Light Management

BONES UK

www.bonesuk.com

Artist Bio

For London-bred band BONES UK, every song is a chance to speak their minds with total freedom, to shed light on the extreme disconnect between the status quo and the far more glorious world inside their heads. On their self-titled debut album, out now via Sumerian Records, vocalist Rosie Bones and guitarist Carmen Vandenberg confront everything from the beauty industrial complex to toxic masculinity to music-scene sexism, embedding each track with choruses primed for passionate shouting-along. With their galvanizing energy and relentless joie de vivre, BONES UK offer up an album that’s both provocative and endlessly exhilarating, even in its most outraged moments.

True to the L.A.-based band’s anti-conformist spirit, BONES UK unfolds with an entirely uncontainable sound, a riff-heavy collision of rock-and-roll and rough-edged electronic music. In forging that sound, Rosie and Carmen worked in close collaboration with producer Filippo Cimatti, who shaped the album’s kinetic textures with lavish use of electronic bass. Matched by Carmen’s masterful yet inventive guitar work and Rosie’s magnetic voice—an instrument that seamlessly slips from menacing to stunningly tender—the result is a bold new sonic world, savage and frenetic and infinitely mesmerizing.

On the album-opening “Beautiful Is Boring,” BONES UK bring serpentine riffs and sinister grooves to a feverish statement against societal expectations of beauty. “We’re living in an era when everyone’s being airbrushed into looking all the same, when really it’s imperfections that make you beautiful,” says Rosie. On “Filthy Freaks,” the band twists the narrative to an all-out celebration of the perfectly imperfect, the song’s bright tempo and surf-rock rhythms backed by Rosie’s brazen lyrics (e.g., “I like your leather/But I like it better on my floor”).

Raw defiance also fuels tracks like “Pretty Waste”—a dizzying anti-anthem driven by blistering beats and Rosie’s haunting vocal delivery. “It’s about this idea that if you’re a girl, you can’t be both attractive and smart,” Rosie says. “We wanted to show that you can be feminine and strong and tough and angry all at the same time: you can be whatever you want to be.” Another moment of brilliant fury, “Leach” lashes out against all the creeps BONES UK have encountered in their wanderings around L.A., cleverly contrasting their venomous lyrics with swinging rhythms and flamenco-inspired strumming. And on “I’m Afraid of Americans,” BONES UK bring that sardonic mood to a divinely snarling cover of David Bowie’s late-’90s hit, instilling the track with a wild new urgency.

Elsewhere on the album, BONES UK shift from the restless reverie of “Souls” to the dreamy balladry of “Black Blood” to the swampy blues of “Girls Can’t Play Guitar,” echoing the deliberate unpredictability of the album-making process. “We recorded everywhere—in bathrooms, in the backs of cars,” says Rosie, noting that most of Bones came to life in their basement studio in Laurel Canyon. “We’re together all the time and we love that freedom of being able to record whenever we want. We don’t need that pressure of going into some big studio; we’d much rather just be instinctive about it.”

All throughout their thrilling debut the band shows the sharpness of their instincts, an element that each musician has spent her whole life honing. Growing up in Italy, Carmen began playing violin at age five, but soon felt compelled to take up guitar. “My dad played me a VHS of Woodstock, and when I saw Jimi Hendrix I just went, That’s what I wanna do,” she recalls. Classically trained in guitar from age six, she later ventured into blues and rock, eventually crossing paths with Rosie after playing a 2014 gig at a blues bar in Camden. “I went up to her afterward and we drank several bottles of whiskey, and we pretty much started playing together right away,” says Rosie. Born and raised in London, Rosie had gotten her start as a drummer but switched to guitar as a tool for her songwriting. “It’s always been all about the lyrics for me—using songs to tell stories and paint a picture, in a way that actually says something about the world,” she notes. (An art-school dropout, Rosie also designs all the artwork for BONES UK, with the band working together to create each of their outrageously cinematic videos.)

After recruiting Filippo (a former classmate of Carmen’s at The Academy of Contemporary Music in Surrey), BONES UK began pushing toward the heady complexity that now defines their music. “We all come from such different backgrounds, and BONES UK is the amalgamation of that,” says Carmen. “When we realized what we could create together, it was like we didn’t have a choice—we had to just keep going.” Moving to L.A. in 2017, the band made their name as an incendiary live act, soon taking the stage at major festivals like Lollapalooza and touring with bands like Stone Temple Pilots, Bush, and The Cult.

Joined onstage by their drummer Heavy, BONES UK now see their live set as the ideal medium for their ever-expanding message, a vehicle for both catharsis and transformation. “Music is the most powerful platform you could possibly have, because it has the potential to move people in so many ways,” says Rosie. “We feel like we have a duty to use our platform to talk about the things we care about, and hopefully end up empowering and inspiring people, and help give them the confidence to be who they really are.”

“Witnessing (BONES UK) live is as memorable as the album.”
– Billboard

“Poignant… set against an electro-punk backdrop, the track addresses shutting down negativity.”
– Alternative Press

“Shower after watching BONES UK’s “I’m Afraid of Americans” video… their cover of the David Bowie song gets a muddy 2019 revamp.”
– The FADER

“Like the greats before her, (Vandenberg) finds inventive, magical sweet spots that become her voice. No one can teach that, so a listen is worth it to hear that intangible quality alone.”
– Premier Guitar

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Tour Dates

Dec 21 2019
Bogart's
Cincinnati, OH
Jan 23 2020
PPL Center
Allentown, PA
Jan 25 2020
SNHU Arena
Manchester, NH
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Jan 27 2020
Videotron Centre
Ville De Québec, Canada
Jan 28 2020
Bell Centre
Montreal, Canada
Jan 30 2020
Van Andel Arena
Grand Rapids, MI
Jan 31 2020
Schottenstein Center
Columbus, OH
Feb 03 2020
Ford Center
Evansville, IN
Feb 04 2020
Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
Fort Wayne, IN
Feb 06 2020
BMO Harris Bank Center
Rockford, IL
Feb 07 2020
Xcel Energy Center
St Paul, MN
Feb 09 2020
Resch Center
Green Bay, WI
Feb 12 2020
Simmons Bank Arena
North Little Rock, AR
Feb 13 2020
JQH Arena
Springfield, MO
Feb 15 2020
U.S. Cellular Center
Cedar Rapids, IA
Feb 16 2020
Intrust Bank Arena
Wichita, KS
Feb 18 2020
Pinnacle Bank Arena
Lincoln, NE
Feb 20 2020
Denny Sanford Premier Center
Sioux Falls, SD
Feb 21 2020
Rushmore Plaza Civic Center
Rapid City, SD
Feb 23 2020
Adams Event Center
Missoula, MT
Feb 24 2020
Ford Idaho Center Arena
Nampa, ID
Feb 26 2020
Spokane Arena
Spokane, WA
Feb 27 2020
Moda Center
Portland, OR
Feb 29 2020
Reno Events Center
Reno, NV
Mar 01 2020
Save Mart Center
Fresno, CA
May 01 2020
Epicenter 2020
Concord, SC
May 02 2020
Shaky Knees Festival
Atlanta, GA
May 06 2020
The Joy Theater
New Orleans, LA
May 08 2020
Welcome To Rockville
Daytona Beach, FL
May 09 2020
Music Farm
Charleston, SC
May 10 2020
The National
Richmond, VA
May 11 2020
Baltimore Soundstage
Baltimore, MD
May 13 2020
Stage AE
Pittsburgh, PA
May 14 2020
Intersection
Grand Rapids, MI
May 15 2020
Sonic Temple Festival
Columbus, OH

News

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02/06/2018

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