Bones Shake - Junk - CD Review
Personally I have been waiting for this for 18 months since the epiphany that was discovering Bones Shake and I am not disappointed by any of the nine tracks on Junk, their second album released on Abattoir Blues Records. There is nothing labyrinthine or calm about this album, it is straight, fuzzed up and scuzzed up blues.
From the opening notes of Branleuse this is the gospel according to Bones Shake; blazing and sizzling in hell and played with demented and violent abandon. David J Brenan has that same distinct, fiery yet gritty vocal like Don Van Vliet with Andy and David Sheffield providing distorted guitars and heavy handed drumming respectively.
You can feel the barbed, prickliness on Big Knife, in a heartbeat going from you’re looking at me with those puppy dog eyes to you’re running at me with a big fucking knife. As Brenan screams big knife its like being pulled over the jagged edge of that very knife, its powerful stuff.
On Shotgun and C’mon Get It On we hear Brenan and co. sounding at their poetic closest to Cap’n Beefheart and on the title track the intolerance stands out as the singer becomes unruly with his intoxicated ramblings and repeatedly tells us that’s right, fuck off. It is barbed, coarse and abrasive, enough to make you limp from it’s inner beauty.
I was beleaguered at the end of listening to this album, the aural assault had floored me but I had an inane grin on my face. Buy it and allow yourself to swelter above the flames of Hades!
A taster from the album can be heard --> HERE <--
The album will be available from 5th March --> HERE <--
WARNING: Only play it to your grandmother if you want to kill her, it is lethal.
Words/Photo: Anthony Firmin