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Album Review: Bare Bones – Rival Minds

Band: Bare Bones
Album: Rival Minds
Label: Resist Records
Release Date: November 1st 2019
Reviewed By: Andrew Treadwell

They class as punk. But to me Bare Bones are like Soundgarden and Anthrax had a baby with punk-is vocals. I actually think it’s unfair to class them as punk. They have a new album coming out on November 1st titled  “ Rival Minds”. We gave it a listen and think you should too.

The opener “New Low” is straight down to business. Guitars feeding back into some powerful drumming and then in comes vocalist Tom Kennedy screaming at the top of his lungs. The song says all it needs to say in less than 2 minutes.

“Hollow Point” riff is one of the best grooves I have heard in ages, and is made for the stage, where in my opinion it will take on a new life. “Gold Leaf” has been one of the songs we have been treated too already, and is another one waiting for the stage. Some bands spend their lives making albums for the studio only, Bare Bones doesn’t want any of that. They want great songs to play live.

“Crawl The Night” and “Axe To Grind” once again have a huge groove all over them, and while the vocals are very punk, the music has a life of its own which makes for a really interesting mix. It’s a welcome change in todays music.

“Drag Me Down Below” takes me back to the mid 1990s. It reminds me of so many cool songs I enjoyed from that time. Wickedly dangerous riffs, powerful vocals with some awesome breakdown harmonies. My favourite track on the album. It’s follow up “Gravebound” is not dissimilar, so much groove and playing. “Crooked Eye” and “Rust” and blistering. There is no let up in site with both tracks. Expect them to be a left right hook with knockout as the only way out

The title track and album closer is a massive shining light for guitar players James Dean and Scott Daniels, not that the rest of the album isn’t. To be honest with you the whole band shines on this album. The playing, the groove, the melody and the power. It’s all there. Bands father in the careers then Bare Bones could learn a thing or two from these guys.

Thomas Kennedy – Vocals
Chris Blancatto – Drums
James Clarke – Bass
James Dean – Guitars
Scott Daniels Guitars

Resist Records


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