So I’m a little late to the game here, but this EP was so good that I couldn’t not write about it!
Around a decade or more ago, my previous band Pink Hearse were playing a gig at a tiny little underground venue in Blackpool, our home town. Also on that line up were a fellow Blackpool band whose members – including the Bentham Brothers, Bobby, Jack, and Will – weren’t even sixteen yet. That band was Outl4w. I remember, even then, thinking, “shit, these kids are good,” and at the time, I was pretty miffed about it. We wanted to be the better band, and that night, I’m not sure we were.
A couple of years ago, whilst covering the Rebellion Festival for VultureHound, I was checking out the new Introducing Stage and decided to stay and watch a band called Strange Bones. I’m always a sucker for a good horror-esque band name. I quickly recognised the Bentham Brothers that I had known from the Blackpool band scene all those years ago. But now they were grown up and absolutely kicking the Introducing Stage’s ass. I was honestly blown away. In fact, I was so impressed by the band’s undeniable talent and stage presence that I couldn’t even be mad about them being better than us back in the day.
When I heard the Blitz Part 2 EP that Strange Bones recently released, I was once again amazed. This is a band that just keeps evolving. They began with pure punk roots and thrashing guitars, but now they have injected heavy electronica into their sound. They are not afraid to break out of the box and smash down their own path.
Blitz Part 2 is like the illegitimate love child of The Prodigy and Frank Carter And The Rattlesnakes, and it’s an absolute masterpiece from start to finish. The EP comes in at just under 10 minutes, and every single track is an absolute banger. Enjoy them all in one sitting – you’ll thank me.
Blitz Part 2 is out now. Stream it here.