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For The Record: Strange Bones, 'We're whatever the f*** you want us to be'
Punk frontman Bobby Bentham reveals his favourite new releases, best ever gig, and why he's not guilty about his soft spot for Girls Aloud
Date published: 22nd Apr 2020
Comprised of three brothers - Bobby, Will and Jack - and their mate Spud (who they met in a skatepark), Strange Bonesare a rave punk four-piece from Blackpool.
Surrounded by instruments and loud music as children, the brothers have been playing together for over a decade. Part of a rowdy emerging scene in the Lancashire seaside town, the band's new EP, Blitz Part 2 (released April 10th), has been bigged up by the likes of Kerrang, while Clash described the band as 'hitting harder than lightning'.
Frontman Bobby Bentham says: “Strange Bones is whatever the fuck you want it to be; your bailiff, the powder up the nose of the rich and famous, the PM’s shoe shine, cheap red wine.
"It’s a nervous task to explain yourself when you feel like an outcast in your own mind. Music is the only thing that makes me feel alive, it feels like a primitive urge. Creating a piece of music brings a feeling unparalleled to anything else I’ve ever experienced."
Is there a record you can't stop playing right now?
BB: “Calva Louise, 'Camino'.”
How many records do you personally own?
BB: “I would say roughly 100. I’m always picking up vinyl from bands we play with and I love looking around record shops.”
What’s the weirdest, rarest or most expensive record you own?
BB: “I inherited a first pressing of ‘Never Mind The Bollocks’ from my parents.”
If you could only play one record for the rest of your life, what would it be?
BB: “Howlin' Wolf, 'Smokestack Lightnin''.”
Give us your top three recent releases.
BB: “The Blinders, 'Circle Song'; Calva Louise, 'Belicoso'; Bob Vylan, 'Merch Stand'.”
Which new artist/band/DJ should we be listening to right now?
BB: “Calva Louise.”
Do you have a musical guilty pleasure?
BB: “Girls Aloud, 'Sound of the Underground'… but I don’t feel guilty.”
Best live performance you’ve ever seen?
“Three Trapped Tigers in Liverpool.”
If you could collaborate with any artist, dead or alive, who would it be?