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Bones Shake Release ‘Funbox’ EP

Bones Shake FunboxBones Shake are a scuzzy fuzzy blues three piece from Manchester, UK that have released their brand new EP, Funbox, today, the 22nd December 2017, via Abattoir Blues Records. Bones Shake will also be playing a release show at Manchester’s Castle Hotel later today with support from label mates GUTS and The Dee Vees.

The Abattoir Blues Records website can be found here

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Bones Shake Funbox

Bones Shake

Funbox

Abattoir Blues Records
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Bones Shake are a scuzzy fuzzy bastard blues three piece that formed in 2011, the band have developed a well deserved reputation for delivering adrenaline driven sweat drenched live shows, and their recorded output almost inevitably captures the spirit of their live shows, from the guttural vocal howls of front man David Brennan to the savage and twisted soundtrack, in a way that few bands manage, and now we are on the cusp of Bones Shake unleashing their latest four track EP, Funbox.

The Funbox EP immediately kicks in with the sirens that precede the arrival of the dark and twisted overdriven fuzz of Cops, and it seems that Bones Shake have somehow managed to become even more primitive and raw since their last release. The EP’s title track continues the assault with a grinding Stooges riff and a bucketful of attitude, whilst Liars delivers a heartfelt anger driven tirade, the nature of the rants that characterise the track make me feel that is directed squarely and deservedly at those in power, sadly given the current nature of global politics this could apply to almost anywhere. Funbox finally bows out with Devils, the sole slow burning track on the EP that veers back into their sinister blues roots.

The Funbox EP boasts primal drumbeats and the dirtiest riffs that the North West has to offer, this combination is accompanied by the anguished growling howl of the vocals that makes Funbox the finest release by Bones Shake to date. The whole package feels more focused and driven than their previous releases, all the while maintaining all the signature elements that have made them such a force of nature. Bones Shake have continually gone from strength to strength since their formation, and the release of Funbox is confirmation that this isn’t going to change anytime soon. 

Funbox will be available from tomorrow, December 22nd 2017, via Abattoir Blues Records, you will also be able to pick up physical copies of the EP as Bones Shake will be playing a free entry release day show for the Funbox EP at Manchester’s Castle Hotel with support from label mates GUTS and The Dee Vees.

The Abattoir Blues Records website can be found here

Bones Shake Release ‘Cops’ Video From Forthcoming ‘Funbox’ EP

Bones Shake Release Show Dec 17Bones Shake are a scuzzy fuzzy blues three piece from Manchester, UK that are set to release their brand new EP, Funbox. The EP will be available on December 22nd 2017 via Abattoir Blues Records, ahead of the EP’s release the band have released a video for the track Cops. Bones Shake will also be playing a release show at Manchester’s Castle Hotel on the 22nd December with support from label mates GUTS and The Dee Vees.

The Abattoir Blues Records website can be found here

You can view the video for Cops below Read More…

Bones Shake To Release New EP ‘Funbox’ Via Abattoir Blues

Bones Shake Release Show Dec 17Bones Shake are a scuzzed fuzzed blues three piece that formed in 2011, they play everything into the red; violent bottle neck blues riff, drums kicked, pounded and swatted and squeals of reverb drenched vocals all combine to help save your soul. Since they started, they’ve never taken a rest from playing around the UK and Europe, either as headliners, or supporting the likes of Black Lips, King Brothers, Walter Lure and Guitar Wolf. To date they have released 3 EP’s and 2 LP’s, and now Bones Shake are set to release a new EP, Funbox, that will be available on December 22nd 2017 via Abattoir Blues Records. Bones Shake have announced they will be playing a release show at Manchester’s Castle Hotel on the 22nd December with support from label mates GUTS and The Dee Vees.

The Abattoir Blues Records website can be found here

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Bones Shake

Cracked Lips

Abattoir Blues Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Bones Shake are a scuzzy fuzzy blues trio from Manchester, England, however, this is not your traditional blues. Bones Shake, and their Abattoir Blues Records labelmates, have dragged this genre kicking and screaming into the modern age, they play a distorted pounding reverb drenched variety that is an assault on the senses. Cracked Lips is their latest release and it follows hot on the heels of their debut album, Junk, that was launched earlier this year

The title track, Cracked Lips, opens the EP, and it opens proceedings in fine style, it sounds like a stripped down version of The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster that’s crashed headlong into a bootleg by The Cramps, it has a raw primitive beat and an astonishingly dirty guitar riff that ends with a garage born howl and a squall of feedback. The Cracked Lips EP is worth your pennies for this track alone, but given what follows you should certainly investigate this trio further. I Got Worry brings the pace down slightly, but only slightly, it boasts a demonic fuzzed out blues riff that combines with some deliciously sleazy slide guitar, all the while a hypnotic beat pounds away with their trademark dark incantations completing a dark swirling gumbo. The dark tone of the EP continues on Long After I’m Gone, this brings the tempo down another notch, it features a more laid back guitar style, closer to their blues origins, but this is overlaid with an anguished menacing vocal howl that promises revenge after death, after numerous listens to the Cracked Lips EP I think this dark song is probably my favourite moment on this EP. King Dick brings things to a close with some triumphant filthy reverb drenched blues, it carries the ghost of Louisiana swamps and a dark dark voodoo tone that is the perfect finale to this EP

This is an accomplished EP from this prolific Manchester trio, the tracks contained are a perfectly sequenced snapshot of what Bones Shake have to offer, they carry the spirit of the blues but take it and shake it up with punk rock and garage, the spawn of this union is an EP of bastard blues that defies and exceeds your expectations.

 You can investigate Bones Shake further via Soundcloud here

The Cracked Lips EP, and the rest of their extensive back catalogue, can be ordered from Abattoir Blues Records here

Bones Shake Release Cracked Lips EP

Bones Shake CLManchester’s Bones Shake release their latest EP, Cracked Lips, today, June 21st 2016. This is the prolific Mancunians tenth release and follows up on the Junk album that was released in March 2016. Bones Shake play the kind of primal garage that recalls The Cramps in their heyday, the opening title track is a perfect slice of primitive garage rock, then they slowly bring the pace down with some of their trademark dirty distorted bastard blues. If you aren’t familiar with Bones Shake then now is the perfect time to rectify that

The Cracked Lips EP can be streamed, downloaded or ordered on limited edition CD here

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The Bellrays - Manchester (UK) Sound Control 13th April 2016


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Rating: 4.5/5

 
 

 

 

A damp Wednesday night in Manchester does not normally generate much excitement, but tonight The Bellrays are in town so this isn’t just an ordinary rain soaked Wednesday. After  circling the venue in a desperate search for a parking space for what seemed like an eternity I eventually manged to get to Sound Control, which is a small friendly venue tucked away down a narrow side street. Sadly I missed the first band Guts due to the awful traffic and parking in Manchester. However, I arrived in time to catch the second support act Bones Shake, who make a hell of a noise . They emit a primal blues that appears to channel The Fall and The Cramps in equal measure, they are loud, distorted, dirty and captivating and are a band I am left wanting to hear more of.

It’s been five long years since The Bellrays last graced the UK but as they take the stage it’s like they’ve never been away. From the opening of Black Lightning to the final chords they are spellbinding, the band are clearly enjoying themselves and have a genuine on stage chemistry. Lisa Kekaula shimmys and prowls the stage and has absolute authority, as the luckless sound engineer discovered when rebuked over monitor levels. The Bellrays power through crowd pleasing set spanning their 25 year history and introduce a few numbers from their new Covers EP. However, it is on the slower numbers when you apprecite what an incredible voice Lisa Kekaula possesses, she can howl and scream like a caged demon or she can exude the smoothest of soul. The Bellrays seemlessly blend the best music from the past 60 years all powered by Lisa Kekaula‘s incredibly powerful and soulful voice. Behind her Bob Vennum invokes the MC5 and the whole package is underpinned by an incredibly tight backline. As the gig draws to a close Lisa Kekaula informs the audience “it’s been a long time since we’ve been here and it’ll probably be a long time before we come back.” I for one hope that isn’t true. If you can catch them on their current tour you should

Tour Dates and the ltd edition Covers EP are available here.