1- Hello, thanks for answering to our questions. What are you guys currently up to?

It’s our pleasure! Right now we’re just stoked about our new album, “Sons of Sleaze”, coming out in a few weeks on Planet Metal Records. Its been almost 3 years since we recorded our last album, so we can’t wait. We’re also playing a show with Witchtrap, Funeral Nation and Perversion in a couple weeks here in Chicago, so we’ve been rehearsing like crazy. The other 3 bands are killer, so we need to be in fighting shape that night!

2- First off, could you make some history of the band?

Bones came together in ‘09 but the 3 of us (Joe Warlord-drums, Carcass Chris-guitars/vox, Jon Necromancer-bass/vox) have been playing in bands together for years. We were all in a Chicago band called Usurper. I first started jamming with Joe in ‘94, and Chris in ‘00. A few years after Usurper’s ‘07 break up we were getting bored and wanted to get something happening again. We had all been in other bands, post-Usurper, but we weren’t connecting with anything. Finally, Joe brought his drums over to my basement in the summer of ‘09, and Chris started jamming with us a few months later. We recorded our debut full length in ‘10 and played a few local shows here in Chicago. We played shows with Autopsy, Cianide, Acid Witch, Nunslaughter, Macabre, Cardiac Arrest and a bunch of others. Essentially, we’ve been rehearsing our asses off, playing shows and writing sick fucking metal!


3- How could you describe your sound?

Like a chainsaw fucking your brain.


4- What are the band’s main musical influences?

Its impossible for the 3 of us to have a “main” influence. Collectively we like the usual classics. You know: Slayer, Venom, Frost, Iron Maiden, Sabbath, blah, blah, blah. I think what makes our influences interesting are the things that we’re into individually. Joe is way into drummers like John Bonham, Neil Peart and especially Keith Moon. Chris is into Eddie Van Halen, Carlos Cavazo, and Dave Murray. I’m a huge John Entwistle, Cliff Burton and Geezer fan. We have a lot of different influences that the others aren’t necessarily into, so that’s kind of cool in a way. It brings a tension to the music that probably wouldn’t be there if we all only worshipped Celtic Frost, or any other singular band, exclusively.


5- How is the feedback for your new album ?

It isn’t out yet, so I haven’t heard much. We did release a song online and the feedback has been that it’s sick, disturbing, and gross. Exactly what we’re going for.


6- And are your personally satisfied with the final outcome?

We all are, actually. We had a few issues with the sound and feel of our first album. Not right away, but after it grew on us for a few years there were a few things we could digest and really have a solid opinion on. So this time around we had a little more focus on making each instrument have its own sound, especially between the guitar and the bass. Now, you can hear everything but it doesn’t take away from the power of the unit that Bones is. That’s what makes the band work. Its the sum of the parts. Each of us plays in a very unique and powerful way. When we combine forces its like there’s electricity in the air. You can smell the ozone.


7- How could you describe this opus in just 3 words?

Raw. Ugly. Shit.


8- How has the production process for your new release been?

It’s probably been the easiest that it’s ever been for any album we’ve ever worked on. We knew exactly what we were looking to achieve. We spent almost 3 years in between albums. Some bands are formed and break up during that time period. For 3 years we were chopping wood in our rehearsal room, kicking around different ideas and working out all the kinks. We were very well rehearsed and ready to go in the studio and destroy the fucking place with the new album! We went to the same studio we used on the first album, Electric Audio, owned by Steve Albini. It has a great 2 story drum room, so Joe’s drums have a brilliant natural reverb to them. We also used Sanford Parker as our producer/engineer again. We record live, and Sanford is a total asset to the process. He’s fast, he knows what we want, and he knows exactly how to make it happen. We recorded the whole album in a few days, so his experience and laid back attitude were essential in making it so smooth and problem free. And finally, we’re working with Planet Metal Records again. They’re local and super easy to work with. So, we’re satisfied. We took our time to write what we hope is a heavy as hell record, and we were able to surround ourselves with competent and cool people to help us out along the way.


9- And how do you use to work on the songwriting?

We all contribute equally. Obviously, someone starts it off with an idea, a riff, a beat or a lyric. And we all just go from there. We’ll try a few different versions, and after awhile it all falls into place. Its not always that simple though. We’re all pretty opinionated and we’re not afraid to fight for what we want, so if the 3 of us aren’t all on the same page it can take awhile before we settle on the final version of a song. If one of us was a “dictator” type in the band it would probably make things easier since it would eliminate a lot of the proving grounds some of our songs turn into. But, I think that would make things sound a lot lamer in the end. We play with spirit. We fight for parts we like, and that confrontation and energy gets put into every song we play, every time we play it.


10 – Finally, what are you near-future plans?

Play some shows. Write more new tunes. Record another album.


11- That’s all from our side, thanks again for taking your time to answer our questions. If you now want to add some final words; feel free to do it.

Thanks for the interview! If you get a chance come check us out live. Or, check us out virtually!



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