Rival Bones EP
Live, Rival Bones produce a nuanced and beautifully crafted wall of sound. This EP shows those new to this band why they really are heavy rock’s best kept secret. Hopefully, with music of this quality they won’t be staying in the shadows for very much longer.
James Whitehouse has a fabulous voice. His guitars are classically good heavy rock with grunge overtones perfectly aided and abetted by Chris Thomason on drums. They make solid white-hot rock and have a stunningly full sound for a duo. Some of their influences, such as Audioslave and Rage Against The Machine, shine through but the music is the property of Rival Bones alone.
First track, Want You Madly, is a hot and heavy opener, the most anthemic track on the EP. Rival bones go from the gut punch from the outset. The use of the vocal interludes aka Black Dog by Led Zeppelin really hit home, backed by the solid rhythm make this track exceptional. The addition of backing vocals makes a fuller sound
Marceline starts with a softer more thoughtful vibe, making the most of the cool, clear vocals, before the full onslaught kicks in, only to subside leading back to more beautiful lyrics expertly delivered. Another superior track.
The hard-hitting Hives continues the strong rock ethos with the vocals again taking the lead; more real quality on show backed by the extraordinary bombast of the music. There is a stylish feel here too, an edge to the vocal delivery.
The EP finishes on another high note with Running. The slower tempo drives a moodier offering with crystal clear vocals. Again, the vocals by James Whitehouse are excellent. The entire track is perfectly crafted and delivered.
The quality shown by Rival Bones and the production of this self-released EP are superlative. This would stand well against the output of far more experienced, industry-backed bands. In most cases it would beat them hands down.
Special, special, special in every way.
The Rival Bones EP is available from Bancamp. It is also available on Tunes and Spotify.