Brighton-based band Army Of Bones got together last year to record their self-titled debut album via their own label Bones Music Group. Produced by Gethin Pearson (The Enemy, JAWS), the album strives to bring things that are in the dark to light - whether that’s the pain of a struggling relationship, the feeling of lack of identity or desperation for a city. We found out more ahead of its release on Friday, March 6th.
Music is there to break open people’s hearts. I hope it does that.
First up, tell us bit about yourself - what led you all to forming Army of Bones?
Once you have a batch of songs that you love, naturally you want people to hear them. The only way for that to happen is to get out on stage and get in front of people. Army Of Bones was born.
How would you described your musical style?
There’s some old Radiohead in there, Arcade Fire and Brandon Flowers.
Do you have any particular themes to your songs?
These songs are about someone precious. It’s about how to stay together through the stuff that happens.
You released AA-side ‘Batteries/River’ last year. What were they about?
‘River’ is a heavy song - wherever the river runs it brings hope, redemption. Sometimes the fact that you have drawn blood means you are alive… ha! ‘Batteries’ is about stopping, resetting and knowing that life comes from death.
What reception did it get? Did you regard it as a success?
Well it was a success because we loved making it and are proud of the music. Commercially that question can be answered very differently!
Your self-titled debut album is out March 6th. When and where was it recorded?
I have a studio in my house. We recorded everything there, but we had a great producer in Geth Pearson and a great engineer in Dan Austin.
How does the album develop your sound?
These guys helped developed the sonics in a big way. Geth also encouraged us to be forever honest in the lyrics. Some of these songs are raw, but hopefully they will connect.
Which of the songs was the hardest to write?
‘Do You Love Me?’ It’s the moment you wake up in the middle of the night with the one you love asleep next to you, wondering if you can overcome the obstacles in your relationship. Wondering if the fire is strong enough.
Which song are you most proud of?
‘Don’t Be Long’, the opening track. This will sound great at a big festival.
What are your hopes for the album?
That people will be touched by it. Music is there to break open people’s hearts. I hope it does that.
You’re on tour in May - where can we expect to see you and what are you planning for the live shows?
We’re doing some UK dates. Check our website. Excited to eventually play all these songs to a crowd that will have the whole record.
What are your three ‘must-haves’ while on tour?
Coffee, iPad and running shoes.
If you could collaborate with any living artist, who would it be?
If you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice, when would it be and what would you say?
I would tell myself to relax more, to trust that good things will come to those who work hard and are patient. Also to go with your gut.
Finally, if you could wish for one thing to happen to the band in 2017, what would it be?
It would be great to hear it on the radio.
Listen to ‘End Of Time’ on SoundCloud below. For news and tour dates go to armyofbones.com.