LADY BONES might be the Boston underground’s “best kept secret” but the word is spreading and secrets are overrated. The trio are getting ready to release their full-length debut Dying on June 30th via Midnight Werewolf Records (KAL MARKS, BIG MESS, SNEEZE) and Stereogum are sharing the premiere of “Botch,” the album’s first single. On a record where every song is a potential single, “Botch” captures Lady Bones at their finest: blasting through atypical song structures with a dizzying array of riffs that range from dark and twangy to an all out aural assault together with the hypnotic pummeling of the band’s exceptional rhythm section. Stereogum noted Lady Bones’ knack for creating their own brand of devious accessibility, “the Boston three-piece fuses the bleakness of post-punk with the raw energy of grunge but ties it all together with a melodic sensibility that’s rare amongst bands who achieve this level of gloriously squalid noise”.
Expanding on the single, “Botch,” Stereogum added “The song seems to grow out of the ground like a weed towards the sun, goaded along by Sean Gilston’s pained, gritty vocals. All of the sudden, the guitars start to grind against thrashing drums, pushed to the point of near-collapse. It’s a rabid hound of a tune”.
Dying, produced by Dan Angel and James Ryskalchick at Sex Dungeon Studios (Pile, Fat History Month, Little Big League) in Philadelphia, is a spectacular record of dark and haunting indie punk with a backwoods twang that sounds more like the product of a band living near the Floridian swamps than the bustling Boston DIY scene. Call it “sludge pop” if you will. The young trio are very much a part of that burgeoning Boston scene however, another hardworking band void of self-seriousness that have been molding their sound since forming while in high school in 2011. They carry the torch for Boston’s underground indie punk, representing a city they grew up in and Lady Bones continue to build upon the city’s reputation of exceptional post-punk indebted bands comprised of impeccable musicians and a generally carefree attitude.
Lady Bones’ self described “ugly pop” is full of intriguing melodies, riffs, and vibrant polyrhythms that contort between deranged and sincere, pulling influence from the scene around them and molding it into their own sound. The band will be on the road this summer with Philadelphia’s Snoozer, check out all the dates below.
Boston’s Lady Bones have been playing together since 2011 when they met as high school students. The trio, consisting of Sean Gilston (singing/guitar) Jeremy Jackson (bass) and Egon Ryan (drums) have always focused their writing style based off the member’s close friendship and cohesiveness as a unit. There is no stylistic leader of Lady Bones, the band write songs for each other; tweaking individual ideas to fit the needs of the group as a whole. Since the release of their debut EP in 2012, the band have spent time touring the East Coast and Midwest with Kal Marks, Snoozer, It Must Be Love (members of Gunk, Ugh God, Dogs on Acid, etc) and more. The band embody that undeniable Boston charm of the underground punk scene, Lady Bones make heavy and deeply personal music while managing to not take themselves all too seriously.
After four long years, the band are ready to release their full length debut, Dying on June 30th via Midnight Werewolf (Big Mess, Sneeze, Kal Marks). The record finds Lady Bones channeling a swampy take on the cities basement punk sound, offering an extra sense of grit and impending indie rock doom via filthy yet melodic guitars, enormous polyrhytmic drumming and a heavy quaking low end rumble. There’s an undeniable influence from their surroundings, but Lady Bones have forged that into a raw howling energy. Dying is only the beginning.
Tour Dates with SNOOZER:
05/27 – Richmond, VA @ The Inferno
05/28 – West Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight w/ Doomster
05/29 – Blacksburg, VA @ Robin Williams Center for the Arts
05/30 – Nashville, TN @ Hymen House
05/31 – Athens, GA @ The Globe
06/01 – Tampa, FL
06/02 – Gainesville, FL @ Loosey’s – Downtown Gainesville
06/03 – Tallahassee, FL
06/04 – New Orleans, LA
06/05 – Austin, TX @ Todd’s Mansion
06/06 – Denton, TX @ The Lion’s Den
06/07 – Norman, OK
06/08 – Kansas City, MO @ El Torreon
06/09 – St. Louis, MO @ Foam
06/10 – Joliet, IL @ Shadow Palace
06/11 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean w/ Yeesh & Rad Payoff
06/12 – Marquette, MI @ The Racket
06/13 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Upper Room
06/14 – Toronto, ON @ Johnny Jackson
06/15 – Montreal, QC @ Le Cagibi
06/16 – Burlington, VT @ Swan Dojo
06/17 – Brooklyn, NY
06/18 – Portsmouth, NH @ The Red Door
06/19 – Boston, MA @ The Womb
06/20 – Philadelphia, PA