Rival Bones Unleash Debut EP
Garage rock that can take on the world
Words: Phil Weller
Raunchy and raucous, Liverpool’s Rival Bones are following in the footsteps of Royal Blood and The White Stripes in producing rock and roll that, while they may be low on personnel, they do not lack anything in energy and passion. The duo, which includes ex-Boss Keloid sticksman Chris Thomason, embeds itself in thick, hairy grooves throughout and they ice their pounding garage rock attack with slick and intrepid vocals. The result is something wholly familiar, yet it sounds sharp, fresh and exciting.
A varied, utilitarian band, their songs are as smooth as sandpaper and bursting with energy, adrenaline and anger.
EP opener Want You Madly is the perfect introduction; this is what Bigfoot would sound like if he was in a rock band. It’s gritty and grinding, bristling with a fury that, with thanks to their polished, triumphant vocal melodies, never becomes overbearing.
Marceline starts off slow and snaking but soon explodes into another romping number of testosterone and desire while the grungy Hives comes across seductive yet deadly.
What stands out most on the EP however isn’t so much the songs themselves. Sure, each track is as solid as the last, striding the divide between radio-friendly rock n’ roll and something all together more antisocial, but it’s the cocksure confidence with which they deliver their songs that makes you stand up and take note. They sound bold, untouchable.
Make no doubt about it, this is a band which can sell shed loads of records and do very good things. They just need the scene to pay attention.