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Bullybones       Don’t Try and Pick Me Up EP   (self released)

Out now

DL only (CD ‘soon’)

Fresh from playing the the Isle of Wight Festival, Blissfields and the ‘Punk Weekender’ at the Roundhouse, Isle of Wight garage sleazeballs tuck into a ‘Beggars Banquet’, Ged Babey rolls away the stone.

Lost count of how many times I’ve written about Bullybones.  I am the John the Baptist of their ragged, manic, Messianic Glory.

They win people over where-ever they play.  They stormed off stage at a festival when they thought the soundman was asleep at the wheel.  They get faster and dirtier with every new song they write.   They scared a reviewer to death with their rampant sexuality onstage at the Roundhouse… and this is their latest release.

Four songs;. Don’t Try And Pick Me Up, All In This Together, Right?  Throw Me A Line and the fabulously provocative Your Daughter Calls Me Daddy Too.  The first two are fast, skiffle-punk rhythm and blues and the second two, slower and have the satanic & majestic feel of prime Rolling Stones.

“I guess we are working through our Beggars Banquet phase” deadpanned part-time transvestite Aaron Lee.

“The greatest trick that the Devil ever pulled, was to convince us that he don’t exist” drawls a maturer sounding Charlie Pullinger on Throw Me a Line.

“I know it makes you angry that your daughter calls me Daddy too” is a line that Serge Gainsbourg would’ve been very pleased with, the dirty swine.

“Millennials, they get me down, Superhero boys in a Harry Potter gown. Grow the fuck up mate” and “Sort y’life out maate” are the funniest bits of Mockney anti-hipster venom and sarcasm set to music I’ve heard all year,  in the not-really-political  but completely manic ‘All In This Together, Right?’.

The EP was recorded live, straight to tape, “the way your granddaddy did it, not that it means shit to most of you, but we had to be tight as an ants snatch” according to Aaron. The results are good. It has a real, genuine, vintage sound. That said, it lacks Illys monster bass-burr. Lyrically though, these are Bullybones at their sly, dark-humoured & nasty best.

Bullybones remain, the most exciting underground UK band making brand-new-retro rock’n’roll and still scratching at the doors of the Music Bizness.  They are loved to death by their ever-increasing fanbase who are lucky enough to be located in the same part of the country.

As for the rest of the world… you’ll have to make do with this fantastic EP for now…


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Bullybones play the Green Door Store, Brighton  Tonight (Sat 30th July 11pm -4am) as part of the big Itch & Acid Box club night. Free entry.


All words by Ged Babey


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Ged Babey is 56. from Southampton, has written since 1985 for Sound Info, Due South, various fanzines and websites, contributed to Record Collector magazine and was sole author of 'Punk Throwback' fanzine -the name of which was taken from an insult hurled at him by the singer with a young band he managed for a while. Ged believes that all good music and art has a connection with punk rock.


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