Today sees the release of the long-awaited debut album from London-bred BONES UK. On the self-titled record, the now LA-based vocalist Rosie Bones and guitarist Carmen Vandenberg confront everything from the beauty industrial complex to toxic masculinity to music-scene sexism in an entirely fearless collection of songs.
Blending Nine Inch Nails infused heavy electro riffs with smoky rock and roll, the record opens with the fierce ‘Beautiful is Boring’, and the line “they said they did not want my face in their magazine/ ‘Cause I’m not beautiful” a direct attack on the standards of the beauty industry. It is clear right from the start that this is a band who are not afraid to speak their mind and challenge the status quo.
This album is an earworm that could definitely wriggle it’s way into the brains of mainstream listeners, causing them to unintentionally change the way they view the world, and it takes some musical genius to be able to do that. You can’t help but sing along to the catchy choruses and move your body to those sexy, dark, electronic beats.
The record ends just as strongly as it opened with the modern-day riot grrrl track ‘Girls Can’t Play Guitar’, a track that mocks the rampant sexism within the music industry. As a female musician who has experienced plenty of this, constantly being thrown lines like ‘that was actually good…for girls’, I couldn’t help but find myself yelling “fuck yeah! I love this band!”
There is not a single song on this record that could be consider ‘just a filler’, absolute bangers from start to finish and now I am just waiting for a UK tour because I NEED to see BONES UK live…like right now!