Having come from heavier backgrounds, the four members of Cleveland band Brave Bones have joined up to hone a lively, catchy sound that sits somewhere between hard rock and punk.
The quartet of Chris Wright (vocals and guitar), Bo Bowersmith (guitar), Kris Monroe (drums) and Michael Bosau (bass and vocals) began as a side project to members’ previous hardcore and punk bands, then fused rock, new wave and punk influences to create their individual sound.
The band sent us Parlour Tricks, a track from their 20-song concept album Welcome To Darkview, which was released early last month. It opens up with a flickering guitar riff, which is joined by light drums, then a distorted guitar riff before dropping into a mellow opening verse. The guitars intensify before smashing into a big catchy chorus, followed by a heavier blitz of guitar chords.
The pace drops again for a second verse, but returns for another lively chorus and continues with cool backing vocals over darting guitar chords, followed by a cool little guitar lick over drums. More intense vocals take over, then the instruments drop out leaving just backing vocals to set up the final chorus. Give it a listen below.
The album is packed with great rocky tracks, such as the brilliant The Killer – which includes repeats of the line “Cos I wanna know what it feels like to take a life forever” and plenty of big heavy riffs and drums – and a filthy little riff mid-way through the intense American Death.
We’re also loving the sound of Modern Times, which opens up with the lyrics “I think I’m on Black Mirror, Have you seen the show?, A glimpse into the future, A modern twilight zone. You won’t remember true happiness, ‘Til you became a part of this, When all you wanted was a human kiss, And now you’re staring at a microchip.”
A cool darting riff kicks in as we’re launched into a lively chorus, which drops into an interesting post-chorus section. Check it out below:
We had a chat with the band to find out more. Read on below…
GR: Who are Brave Bones?
BB: “Brave Bones is a four-piece rock band from Cleveland, OH. We’ve been described as a uniquely planted amalgam square in the middle of heavy rock, new wave, punk, and cinematic horror.
“What started out as a side project from some much heavier punk and hardcore bands for Kris and Chris, evolved into this complete departure from the heavy riffs and screaming. After some lineup changes along the way, the two founding members enlisted Michael and Bo from Blackheart Records punk rockers The Vacancies.”
GR: You just released Parlour Tricks. What should people be expecting from the song? What inspired you to write it?
BB: “Parlour Tricks is a song about the alluring mystery that drives you to chase your dreams. When you’re young the world seems like there’s real magic and then as you grow older all of the curtains begin to draw and everything seems much more mechanical and propped up. You still believe there is something more to it and so you begin to search for it within yourself. We’re hoping to get the music video wrapped up for it in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!”
GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
BB: “If you’re in the mood for dark, introspective, rock and roll, then this is the band for you!”
GR: Sounds pretty good to us! What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
BB: “I feel like creating within self-made parameters really helps to push inspiration a certain way. In this instance writing a loosely connected concept album kept the focus on the darkness and the ideas behind the characters I developed to tell the story.”
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
BB: “The strangest thing about this album is after the dust cleared and it was finished, I realized it has a little piece of every band I’ve ever been in somewhere in it. There’s heavy parts that nod to the hardcore and punk background; there’s electronic elements that nod to my industrial, goth and DJ history; there’s indie rock moments that remind me of one of the first bands I was ever in; there’s even elements of my Dad’s Elvis style singing here and there.
“It is very much a lineage on display. So in every bit that I’ve been influenced by a wide range of artists, they’re all in there somewhere with no-one in particular which is probably also why our band isn’t so easily lumped into any particular genre.”
GR: What have you got coming up through the rest of 2019?
BB: “We have some music videos were working on, some shows planned for the near future and even some new songs in the works!
GR: Anything else you’d like people to know about you/your music?
BB: “We realize releasing a 20 song double album is a daunting task to ask of the listener, but we wouldn’t have put all of them out if we didn’t think they were all just as good as this song. So if you like what you hear please give the rest of the album a chance! It’s available to stream everywhere now!”