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Debut albums aren’t often as dazzling as this one, but on their self-titled introduction, BONES UK breakdown the barriers between the seedy industrial underworld and the seductive pop realm, putting out one of 2019’s uniquest offerings.  
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If you’ve ever been remotely high enough to wonder what would be the result of a one-night-stand between Trent Reznor and Halsey, you’ll be delighted to discover that BONES UK are the twisted industrial-pop fantasy you’ve been dreaming of. 

On their self-titled debut, the British-born LA-based duo of vocalist Rosie Bones and guitarist Carmen Vandenburg blur the boundaries between genres. Opener ‘Beautiful Is Boring’ is a slice of Mechanical Animals-era Marilyn Manson, riddled with pulsating industrial synths that wizz around the brain like a catherine wheel, all-the-while taking on the notion of beauty in the music industry. Blasting themselves synth-by-synth into the dark side of the pop via a 21st Century Pet Shop Boys-vibe, follow-up ‘Filthy Freaks’ is just one of countless twists in this groove machine. One minute you’re chanting for rockstars, the next you’re singing along to popstars. 

In a world where statement pieces are thrown out for shock value and controversy, BONES UK make accessible jams to slip through the mainstream consciousness and educate the masses on topics such as toxic masculinity and sexism in the music industry. If there was ever an album in 2019 that could convert the pop youth, it’s this one. There’s a sinisterly sarcastic side to BONES UK’s lyrical output which sets them apart from their contemporaries; they take the pop-formula and fuck with it in weird and wonderful ways. On ‘Girls Can’t Play Guitars,’ Rosie Bones launches her poison-tongued attack on the music industry in one of the album’s iconic moments: “Rosie when you blow me I see stars but girls can’t play guitars, sorry baby.” 

BONES UK make it clear they’re here for war and they’re here to stay. Whether they’re pumping out pulverising synthetic loops or blistering solos that slide through grooves, Rosie Bones and co. have crafted an album that sits as much in the clubs as it does in the bedroom. A dizzying cover of David Bowie’s ‘I’m Afraid Of Americans’ is the saturday-night party-starter whilst the stripped-back jangle of ‘Souls’ is the sunday-morning hangover-cure.

Debut albums aren’t often as dazzling as this one, but on their self-titled introduction, BONES UK breakdown the barriers between the seedy industrial underworld and the seductive pop realm, putting out one of 2019’s uniquest offerings.  

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