The BonesThe Bones – Flash The Leather’ (People Like You)

CD | Ltd Edition CD | LP | DL

Due Out 11th September 2015

You occasionally tire of new directions, become weary of the desire to forge imaginative musical collaborations; at this point all you need is scuzzy rock ‘n’ roll – enter The Bones and their 6th album ‘Flash The Leather’…the Swedish rockers have drawn upon their well-documented love of pedal to the metal rock infused with melodic punk all tinged with a 50/60’s vibe; think The Ramones Motörhead, and Vince Taylor with acknowledgements to Elvis, a certain Mr Cash, and a desire to soundtrack any proposed remake of ‘Blackboard Jungle’

‘Flash The Leather’ courtesy of People Like You Records (shame they felt the need to drop the full title…) delivers in Brylcreem caked dollops; opener ‘El Intro’ as the title suggests has a Latino feel, desert wind whipping through a long abandoned gold rush town, the only thing connecting it to civilisation being the nearby Interstate that ‘The Compadres’ are currently hurtling through with typical gnarly bass, crashing beats and fist pumping vocal harmonies…’Chainsaw’ is raw octane fuelled aggression that live is going to cause the mosh pits to explode, it’s a head rush, but beneath the rock ‘n’ roll swagger are some neat guitar flourishes, similarly for ‘Die Wilden Jahre’ sung entirely in German, is that some brass or even a bagpipe deep in the mix, a hint of The Dropkicks perhaps? It matters not, this is hitting hard, instant connection – stripped down bug eyed rock ‘n’ roll which is the starting point for ‘Bigger Than Jesus’ with its textured rabble rousing harmonies, the entire track riding a molten guitar riff…not sure of the meaning of ‘A.L.F’ pretty sure it doesn’t refer to the liberation of puppies, hover the broken glass vocal would effortlessly slice its way through any lab fence.

‘New Hooligans’ sees The Bones pushing further down that highway, rods dangerously close to taking the top clean off the block, a huge sing-along harmony adding colour to the roar…and then we get ‘’Busting My Balls’ the perfect collision of raw 50’s rockabilly with modern rock, and coming in sub two minutes; were now 14tracks in and The Bones are not letting up…’Salute The Remote’ is a clear nod to The Ramones, and no one can be criticised for that, the repeated cry of “I gotta go, I gotta go, go go go” will see you hitting play again and again.

The Bones have crafted an album that whilst paying homage to their influences, is clearly their own – it didn’t set out to push boundaries, instead ‘Flash The Leather’ hones their talents, and shows that there is still plenty of mileage in sleazy rock ‘n’ roll.


  • 1. El Intro
  • 2. The Compadres
  • 3. Chainsaw
  • 4. Die Wilden Jahre
  • 5. This Dance
  • 6. Non Grata Stigmata
  • 7. Bigger Than Jesus
  • 8. Ms. Mortuary
  • 9. A.L.F.
  • 10. New Hooligans (090909)
  • 11. C’mon, C’mon
  • 12. Busting My Balls
  • 13. In Rust We Trust
  • 14. Salute The Remote
  • 15. Violent Hostility
  • 16. Dollar Signs & Kryptonite
  • 17. Monkeys With Guns


The Bones can be found online here: They’re also on Facebook and twitter, as @TheBones_swe.

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Phil Newall is 47, from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.


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