Both unique and exciting voices in the UK underground of alternative music (though threatening to tip into the mainstream), Liverpool metal act Death Blooms and Blackpool electro punk project Strange Bones have united on a new single ‘25 Thousand Volts’.
The track is a collision of heavy AF elements, drawing upon electronic and dance music as well as metal and rap, resulting in a powerfully artistic, glitched-up, growling party of a tune.
Bobby Wolfgang (Strange Bones) says “25 Thousand Volts is a pissed off Rottweiler snapping its jaws at 127BPM. A collision of two worlds, a nuclear mash of genre with an overtly threatening commentary yelled at you by two Northern English underdogs.’’ Paul Barrow (Death Blooms) adds “This is the soundtrack to the end of the world.”
Death Blooms released their debut album ‘Life Is Pain’ last year with 2021 also seeing them open up the landmark Download Pilot festival to uproarious response, get nominated for Best UK Breakthrough at the Heavy Music Awards, tour with Trash Boat and guest on daytime BBC Radio 1 with Paul’s “Guide to Metal”. This year, Death Blooms have been busy selling out headline dates up and down the country and also kicked up another stunner of a performance at Download Festival.
Strange Bones’ debut album ‘England Screams’ was released last year too. It includes an incendiary feature from Bob Vylan and is a brutally bleak but viscerally real appraisal of the state of the nation. Strange Bones have appeared at the likes of Download UK and France, Live at Leeds, The Great Escape, and Reading And Leeds. Tour dates TBA but in the meantime, Bobby will be DJ-ing at “GREEBO” – Oli Sykes’ new clubnight at his Church venue on 9th July.
Check out the video for ’25 Thousand Volts’ below.
Stange Bones have shared a new music video for their track ‘Deathwish’, the latest cut from their upcoming record, ‘England Scream’s.
Frontman Bobby Bentham says: “Nobody is getting out alive. Deathwish is about feeling trapped by your surroundings and understanding the restraints that we have are put in place by nobody but ourselves. I have a strange relationship with Blackpool, UK, the dystopian Disneyland sea-side town that time forgot, the good and the bad of this place and how it has influenced me is portrayed in the song”.
Blackpool based band Strange Bones have debuted a video to accompany ‘Deathwish’, the new choice of single to be taken from their upcoming album, ‘England Screams’.
Frontman Bobby Bentham had this to say of the song.
“Nobody is getting out alive. ‘Deathwish’ is about feeling trapped by your surroundings and understanding the restraints that we have are put in place by nobody but ourselves. I have a strange relationship with Blackpool, UK, the dystopian Disneyland seaside town that time forgot, the good and the bad of this place and how it has influenced me is portrayed in the song.”
You can check out ‘Deathwish’ and its video below.
‘England Screams’, the bands debut record is set to be released on August 20th 2021 via FRKST/300 Entertainment.
UK act Strange Bones are set to kick start their loudest chapter, announcing the release of their highly anticipated debut album ENGLAND SCREAMS out on August 20th via FRKST / 300 Entertainment. As a taste of things to come, the band have shared the title track “ENGLAND SCREAMS”, a ferocious call to arms that blurs the lines between punk rock and electronica, alongside an accompanying video. The song features an anthemic hook and lyrically focuses on the ever-changing thought process behind human behavior.
Speaking of the new single, frontman Bobby Bentham explains: “It’s like we’re living in a pantomime, everyone is waiting and expecting for something shocking to happen. It’s a reality TV show. England Screams. Society’s paradigm of a typical human being is breaking down, constantly changing, in some amazing ways, in a new world which feels more authoritarian than ever. It’s as if we’re moving forwards and backwards at the same time, an insane contradiction that is fuelled by the hyper-normal behaviour of the press and the state, which are inevitably the same thing.”
Check out ‘England Screams’ below.
A mutant creation spawned from a year of experimentation and pushing personal boundaries, the forthcoming album ENGLAND SCREAMS is Strange Bones’ most authentic and ambitious work to date. With Bobby at the helm on writing, production, mixing, and engineering, the record is a seismic, bone-crushing sonic escape. Focusing on the relationship between chaos and balance, it’s a healthy reality check that rips through the highs and lows of life. The album marks the band’s first full-length release with FRKST, an imprint of 300 Entertainment run by Johnny Stevens, frontman of the band Highly Suspect.
Expanding on the album themes, Bentham says: “The idea for ‘ENGLAND SCREAMS’ album came from trying to understand the relationship between order and chaos, the two factions that fly different flags but create balance when they meet in battle. I’m not afraid of taking things to extremes, which aligns with the highs and lows of not just songwriting, but life in general. It’s where I feel comfortable when creating, completely outside of my comfort zone, Which asks the question if there was ever a comfort zone there to begin with.”
On FRKST’s involvement with the band, Johnny Stevens comments: “My friends usually tell me how happy they are for me that I created FRKST as a new home for artists.. but sometimes it feels like they’re really saying “awwwww that’s cute, good for you..” Then I show them Strange Bones. That’s when their mouths start to hang open and they don’t know what to say. England Screams is no fucking joke”
Check out the Cover Art, Tracklisting and Pre-order options for ‘England Screams’ below.
1. JUNGLE 2. ENGLAND SCREAMS 3. DOGMA (FT. PAV4AN) 4. SIN CITY 5. MENACE (FT. BOB VYLAN) 6. WORLD ON FIRE 7. SNAKEPIT 8. SLEEPWALKING 9. CRIME PAYS 10. DEATHWISH 11. BLOODSPORTS (FT. DEATH TOUR) 12. NAPALM ÜBER ALLES 13. HEAVY
Pre-order options are available via the following link.
Today, two of the UK’s most intriguing bands emerging from the DIY scene, Strange Bones and Calva Louise, released their first collaborative single “Nine Lives” via FRKST Records. “Nine Lives” is a fast-paced, guitar-heavy track combining elements of alternative rock and pop with a punk attitude, featuring lyrics in both English and Spanish. The track, which is a statement of intent and determination for both bands, was produced in lockdown at the band’s shared creative hub, with Strange Bones frontman Bobby Bentham and Calva Louise’s Jess Allanic splitting songwriting and creative duties.
“Bobby and I decided to create a song that represents a source of new energy for us”, explains Calva Louise vocalist and guitarist Jess Allanic. “‘Nine Lives’ captures our vision in an impeccable way, to honestly say who we are and what we do.”
Strange Bones’ Bobby continues “the track is a tool against threatening ideas, the ones that are constantly involving us in society’s sordid games. We believe we always need to be ready to act with creativity as we feel every blow we receive. Instead of accepting feelings of dismay, as if we’ve been kicked, we realized that we are paying to sacrifice (instead of living) our dreams, so we decided to stay authentic.”
Strange Bones and Calva Louise come as one very loud package. After crossing paths a few years back in the UK’s live circuit, they’ve since formed an indestructible bond which has only strengthened in 2020. Both bands share an HQ, where they’ve utilized lockdown to write new music, create their own cinematic visuals, and sign a double-record deal with FRKST – an imprint of 300 Entertainment (Megan Thee Stallion, The Hunna) ran by Highly Suspect frontman Johnny Stevens. Playing by their own rules, “Nine Lives” is a glimpse of what’s next to come from Strange Bones and Calva Louise in 2021.
With roots in Venezuela, France, and New Zealand, Calva Louise formed in 2016 and released their debut album Rhinoceros in 2019. Their music encompasses a sound as eclectic as their nationalities – clanging indie, dark pop, hypnotic electronica, frenzied punk, dosed with a healthy influence of 80s Sci-Fi soundtracks and visuals. It’s a molotov cocktail that really works, with BBC Radio 1, DIY, Clash, and Rolling Stone Mexico singing their praises.
Comprising of the Bentham brothers – Bobby on songwriting, vocal and production duties, Jack on guitars, and Will on bass – and close friend Nathan Sanderson on drums, Strange Bones grew up on a diet of pure-punk. With this backbone, Strange Bones take influence from artists such as The Prodigy and Death Grips to create a sound that’s full-throttled and unhinged. The four-piece have received plaudits from NME, Rock Sound, Kerrang!, and BBC Radio 1. Their adrenaline-soaked live show is second to none, with highlights including support to Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Reading & Leeds, Download, and Isle Of Wight Festival.
Happy beginning of October everyone! Welcome back to the new music roundup. We’re here for a roundup of five of the best recently released tracks. They’re not all within the same genre and they’re all different in some way or another but that means that there’s a little something for everyone here but come on, let’s get down to the music!
First up this week are the Texan Trio Waterparks.
This is the bands first track to be released since the release of their third record, ‘Fandom’, which was released on 2019.
Awsten Knight says:
“The song is a recap of the last year or so. It really describes what’s been going on and who I am. When I’m onstage, I’m a forward-facing, extroverted presence. At the same time, I’m also the biggest hermit ever. I just like to stay in, ignore my phone a lot, and write. I’m naturally reserved in my day-to-day life. The juxtaposition of loud materialism versus private emotion in that opening line really encapsulates the feeling I wanted to get across in the rest of the song.”
Seconds up this week are the South Coast duo Snake Eyes.
“This was a track that kinda fell in my lap,” admits vocalist and guitarist Jim Heffy when talking about snake eyes’ newly-released single ‘skeletons’. “A guy at my old work would make these very questionable remarks/“jokes”. I didn’t wanna make a scene as I was leaving the job so I’d just bite my lip, which looking back I feel was the wrong move. The lyrics came to me when driving home from work so I had to pull over and quickly whip the voice recorder app out and sing it all before I forgot. When I got home, the chords wrote themselves and the song was done in 10 minutes. We shot most of the video in Thomas’ basement but filmed the arcade scenes in Hastings on the seafront. The bulk of the video was shot last August so naturally we got some funny looks/comments, including “Halloween’s not for another 2 months, dickhead”.”
The EP ‘Skeletons’ is set for release on 9th October 2020 via Failure By Design.
The first tracks released by the band, ‘don’t worry’ and ‘wishbone’ have already enjoyed support from the BBC Radio 1 Rock Show (who also premiered ‘skeletons’), Planet Rock Radio, BBC Music Introducing in the South and Alex Baker at Kerrang! Radio.
In the absence of your classic gig scenario and thirsting to play the tunes from their EP, having only managed to squeeze in one real life performance before lockdown kicked in, snake eyes recently played a “live” gig online with Crashface, which you can watch back here.
Now, LA-based AViVA isn’t letting anything get in her way with releasing music this year despite the ongoing changes we’re seeing around the world. This September she is releasing what she has called her favourite new song, ‘WICKED’. With 2 Billion streams under her belt, the self-proclaimed Queen of the Outsiders is giving her fans something they can rely on during these unreliable times.
‘WICKED’ harks back to some of the lyrics and production we’re used to from her earlier releases ‘BRN’ and ‘Blackout’. It is a dark pop melody with haunting lyrics about what it feels like to be misplaced in the world and carry that mantle throughout your life.
“It’s a wicked world, for this wicked girl” is the main hook which grabs listeners from the start. AViVA is using her music as a platform to share her ideas around creativity, self-expression and identity, and it would seem this song is no exception.
On the release, she says:
“Dancing around with your inner demons can be fun. Sometimes you can harness that energy and create something great. Sometimes it can take over and we let the darkness rule us. That means different things for different people. I guess ‘WICKED’ is about accepting that reality and making the most of it all. Regardless of what the fake people around you might say is ‘right’ or ‘wrong’.”
And for our penultimate track comes from Strange Bones.
The band have dropped their latest single, ‘Menace’ which features the vocals of Bob Vylan.
On the track, Bobby Bentham (Vocals) says:
“Menace is a cathartic release in response to the world being on hold and the insanity that came from this. We are the passenger in the car, sat next to hypocrisy with absurdity in the driver's seat going absolutely nowhere, the road is blocked. I could also say it’s a commentary on the playing fields levelling out, when everything falls apart, you are left with your will and you desire to continue moving forwards, never back.”
“The world has been on somewhat of a hold recently but we’ve had to continue creating and Menace is one of the results of that constant creating. It’s the perfect storm. It’s the result of two wild bands coming together and creating something that reflects the energy of our live shows. It’s been a long time coming!”
And last this week we have Will Gould (Creeper) has he has recently unveiled his brand new Punk Rock project Salem, where he’s joined by Matt Reynolds (Howard’s Alias, Skylar, Drawings).
The project launch comes a few months following the release of Creeper’s second record, ‘Sex, Death & The Infinite Void’.
Salem will released their self-titled EP on October 23rd 2020 via Roadrunner Records where the band have given a glimpse on what to expect via their single, ‘Destroy Me’.
And that’s it for another week of a countdown of the best new tracks out in the world in the last week. Be sure to check back next-time for another round of great music videos. If you have any suggestions for me to check out, be sure to send an email or message us via the socials on Facebook or Twitter!
Blackpool based band Strange Bones have announced they have signed with FRKST, an imprint of 300 Entertainment which was created by Highly Suspect frontman Johnny Stevens.
In celebration, the band have released the track, ‘Menace’ which features Bob Vylan.
Frontman Bobby Bentham says:
“‘Menace’ is a cathartic release in response to the world being on hold and the insanity that came from this. We are the passenger in the car, sat next to hypocrisy with absurdity in the driver’s seat going absolutely nowhere, the road is blocked. I could also say it’s a commentary on the playing fields levelling out, when everything falls apart, you are left with your will and you desire to continue moving forwards, never back.”
At the time of writing, it’s uncertain whether or not the track will feature on a ret to be announced EP or Record.
Hello and welcome to the brand new segment here on the Almost Anything Media page. This is a brand new post where I pick out five of the latest and my favourite tracks to give everyone a taste of what is going out in the world – music-wise. This is where I’m going from genre to genre for any type of track so anything goes in this!
First up is Strange Bones. The Blackpool rockers recently released a cut off of their released a new EP, ‘Blitz PArt 2’, which was released the other week.
Bobby (vocals) has said: “It’s about forgetting how to breathe, understanding mistakes. It’s an acknowledgement of reality, consequential in moving forward. Finding no peace when your head is a minefield.”
Continuing the heavy hits are Welsh protegees Holding Absence with their recently released single, ‘Birdcage’ which acts as the second half off their double A-side single, ‘Gravity/Birdcage’.
On the track Lucas Woodland, frontman of the band has said:
“‘Birdcage’ is probably the most poppy track we’ve ever released as Holding Absence, and we’re really proud of the outcome. Working with Romesh Dodangoda (Bring Me The Horizon/Twin Atlantic/Don Broco) gave us the great opportunity to refine our sound in a way we’d not yet tried before, so the aim for this track was to make it as catchy and sleek as possible. We’re very happy with the outcome and can’t wait for people to get their hands on the double-sided picture disk!”
Check out the track below.
We’re going straight across the pond for this next act two is Singer/Songwriter The Homeless Gospel Choir (Derek Zanetti) whom has shared a new track ‘Blind Faith’/
It’s the latest track off his record, ‘This Land Is Your Landfill’ which was released today. On this track, he’s said:
“There’s a sparkle in the eye of those in positions of power when the people are scared, paranoid, and in need of guidance. The danger with Religion is that it holds hostage common sense and good basic reason for something that is intangible, unexplainable, and without proof. Theres is a comfort in blindly following something. I think people feel secure with clinging to an answer even if they know that the answer they have is wrong. That’s what they are banking on, and that’s the scariest part.
This song is about continually witnessing others getting beat by blindly following something they know is broken, and not being able to get through to them.”
Heading across to a little band across the pond in LA, California known as Point North who have ‘A Million Pieces’ for the masses. In 2019 they signed over with Hopeless Records and now they have something more to add to their arsenal for their Alt-Pop fans.
“‘A Million Pieces’ is pretty much me talking myself down and letting myself know that I have to pick myself up. It’s about forgiving myself for my guilty conscience and reassuring that everything is going to be ok.” Says Jon Lundin
And lastly today we have Patent Pending featuring Waterparks frontman Awsten Knight.
It’s funky, fresh and fantastic where you have two great bands coming together to collaborate on something great in these trying times plus it brings the bands back together from when they toured the UK together in 2018.
Check out the track below.
And that brings about an end to this week’s Music Singles Roundup! Be sure to check back soon for another look at some great new tracks!
In addition, if there are any bands that come across this post and want to see their tracks in the spotlight, be sure to send Almost Anything Music a message via our contact page!
It’s post-Independent Venue Week. I do miss it and really wished this was a part of it. This was Strange Bones final UK tour date and I’ve been meaning to see this band, their supports, the amazing Calva Louise and local lads What’s Wrong With Homer for a while. This just blends together everything you need for a show in one; Energy, Pace and Gasmasks (For the dramatic effect of course!)
Straight off the bat for What’s Wrong With Homer. Punk rock riffs with a twist in this one and I have to say, you don’t get too many bands these days with a deliberate Simpson’s reference in the title, just check it out. But this band definitely showcase just what potential York has when the scene is as alive as this threesome is. What I loved about this band is that the energy they brought to the table is quite above the standard of what’s known and I hope they stay this way.
And…. Calva Louise. The last time I saw this three-piece multi, national British band was roughly two years ago when they supported Spring King in Newcastle…. and this was completely worth the wait. Everything about them was so much better but performance-wise, they haven’t lost their flair which at their core, makes them so enjoyable to watch. On the other hand, everything else since then about them has become a lot more interesting from their live sound to their actual set choices where they’re becoming defined by their latest music and the blend of Punk and Effects only continues to make them more superior than your usual support act.
It’s their devotion on stage to the quality of performance with their on-stage interactions what separates themselves where it almost becomes second nature to themselves and acting as one. They’ve clearly hit their stride and I hope they only continue to make even better performances such as the one I witnessed on the night. There was even more energy towards the end of the set where they were starting to be engulfed in some pits. Clearly, they are are just one band where they make effort look effortless.
Right, this has to be the rowdiest set in an intimate venue I’ve been to in a long time. This at the Fulford Arms, for me is a little strange. Usually, when this happens, the vocalist just jumps into the crowd a little and does a lap of the audience. Not Strange Bones though, they captivate the energy and get everyone moving. It’s a punk rock gig, live a little right? This comes to a standstill just as Bobby (Vocals) climbs to the highest point and launches himself during one of their final tracks in their set. Here, I’m just a bit gobsmacked really because this just never happens at gigs I’m at. Now though, I can finally say it happened adn it was amazing.
Their conviction to their music is one thing which cannot be questioned where they consistently continue to release a steady stream of EP’s and Singles all which are produced to the highest standard and that’s what I’d say these shows are. They get everyone around and shouting back every lyric to a testament of just what Post-Punk really is.
From the start of the set, however, the dial for the energy in the room just turned itself straight to eleven and when you have tracks such as ‘Napalm Uber Alles’, ‘Vicious’ and ‘God Save The Teen’ it just hurtles everyone into an immediate moshpit, bringing down a few people in the process where you see the raw sweat as well as their last breaths of energy come alive into pure adrenaline. Strange Bones are an absolutely enigmatic, weird and charismatic group which the scene definitely needs and as long as they give these types of performances, don’t expect things to slow down anytime soon.