We first caught the guitar heavy indie-punk band These Bones during CMJ, but we had heard their cover of Britney's Toxic long before then. With a sound that borders on garage anthem rock and choppy punk the bands style and energy certainly doesn't do anything to hurt their live show. You know how people don't dance at shows in this city? They do at These Bones.
It's rock n' roll for the attention deficet set, music delivered in three minute explosions. Also, as an aside, Gothamist would like to raid Kyle's closet for some Halloween gear, seriously, he has more style than any musician we've seen out there. He has more style than Styles from Teen Wolf. But we digress...check out the clothes, the dancing, the mayhem and (most importantly) the music, this Sunday at the only show worth being at on Halloween. See details after the interview with Sean.
These Bones are Kyle (vocals, guitar), Sean (guitar, vocals), Mike (bass) and Josh (drums)
Let's get this out of the way, where did you band name originate? And if you had to change it to something else what would it be?
We took it from a James Brown song, but he's cool with it now.
Not sure what wed be called otherwise. I'll have to ask James.
What is your first conscious memory of living in New York?
Accompanying schoolmates on a fake ID hunt in the village and looking at sports-themed porn under very bright lights.
What is your favorite/least favorite memory involving New York?
Most favorite: Human pyramids at sheep meadows. And being Sam Champion's plus one.
Least is probably the late night garbage trucks beneath my window.
What is your favorite place to drink in NYC? Whats the best night of the week to go out in the city?
B-Side, Bubbys, Welcome to the Johnson's and they're real good over at the Mercury Lounge. Tuesdays work real well for me.
What is your favorite/least favorite thing about playing shows in New York? Is there a difference between shows in Manhattan and Brooklyn?
It's good no one ever gives Mikey Bones any grief about being too young. We've never played Brooklyn.
Do you think your New York connection shows in your music? If so, how?
Not really, but New York offers so many venues to do this sort of thing that we cant help but be egged on by opportunity. and um, maybe I might've borrowed a dance move from that time I saw Adam Green.
Now its time for some fill-in-the-blank action:
You know youve made it when...
We get matching sweat suits.
It'll be time to pack up the gear for good when...
We're in matching spandex.
I'll never forget the first time I...
Woke up in Syndey, Australia.
I'll never forget the first time [insert another band members name here]...
Kyle Bones started showing up to band practice in bear suits.
And finally, lets have some fun with word association. Give me your immediate feelings on the following (if youve got no discernable feelings, make something up that wont embarrass you in the morning):
Bridge & Tunnel
Blind dates to the Culture Club.
Cat suits. Crooked Teeth.
Bloomberg/Smoking Ban/Noise Laws
Less Laundry. Fewer showers.
Questions inspired by movies...
If you will, a brief justification of the ontological necessity of modern man's existential dilemma (in less than 10 words). (Reality Bites)
Marky Mark is like, awesome, in that new movie about existentialism.
What came first, the music or the misery? (High Fidelity)
Clearly, misery had to have come first.
A few quickies on the music tip:
Who would be in your ultimate music supergroup, your all-star Olympic team of rock?
kyle bones- vocals, guitar
sean bones- guitar, vocals
mike bones- bass
josh bones- drums
chan marshall bones- vocals, piano
gruff rhys bones- stunt coordination
thurston bones- bedtime stories
fred schneider- team spirit
richard brautigan- bus driver
jay good times- roadie supervision
If you released a 7 what would you put on the cover?
A small, furry creature with very large fangs.
She would be scratch and sniff.
What was the first/last album you bought on the day it was released?
The first album was for camping photos, but the latest one was either Nino Rojo or the Libertines latest.
You can catch These Bones (w/Sam Champion) THIS SUNDAY. That's Halloween, kids, and it's @ the Mercury Lounge.
Sam Champion will play an entire album of another bands that night so you'll want to stick around for the whole show. We don't think we're supposed to say what album it is, but it's from 1971.
Listen to These Bones and get in the mood for Halloween debauchery, pagans.