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Young local band Bones Like That on making music

Cotswold > Entertainment > Music

Author: Thomas Hadfield, Posted: Thursday, 27th February 2020, 09:00

Bones Like That Bones Like That

When it comes to writing and performing, some artists can take months, or even years, before they have an original song to their name.

For local band Bones Like That however, creating new music is something they thrive on.

Bones Like That is made up of schoolfriends Emily Saunders, Albie Lucas, Hugh Chidley, Tegan O’Connor and Archie Lammas, who started playing together after attending a music and song-writing workshop called ‘BandIt’.

“While there we would see people just a few years older than us performing these original songs that they had written, and looking really cool while doing so,” said Archie.

“We met at school when we were about 11 or 12 and now we’re all between 16 and 18 years old.”

They have all been playing their respective instruments from an early age – Albie has been drumming eight years, Hugh has played guitar for seven years and Tegan and Archie have been playing guitar and bass for five years – with lead vocalist Emily saying she has been singing for as long as she can recall.

And whilst other bands might leave it up to one person to come up with new tracks, their song-writing method is a lot more inclusive.

Archie continued: “As soon as we started as a band, playing a full set of originals was a goal, so we moved away from doing covers pretty quickly and have been playing our own songs since.

“Our writing process is typically that Hugh will start playing something on guitar, with me and Alb joining in with something pretty soon afterwards and then Tegan works out a part that fits in with what they’re playing.

“They’ll just loop that for a while so that Emily can work out a melody. We normally just do that for all the different sections until we have a song that everyone is happy with.”

When asked about influences, Archie says they look to bands they’ve listened to growing up like My Chemical Romance, Blink-182 and The Wombats.

“That said,” he added, “a huge amount of credit has to be given to all of the bands we play with live, as those are what we most often talk about on the way home from gigs or at the next practice.

“Typically, we describe ourselves as a pop punk band with indie vocals, but these days our style is more and more varied between each song so it’s tricky to give a single definition to everything.”

And Archie says getting on stage and playing your own music to a big crowd is a feeling that’s hard to beat.

“When performing, what we all typically enjoy the most is putting on a show that’s an actual performance, and more than just us standing there playing our songs.

“There’s also a great deal of creative fulfilment in playing a finished song that’s been yours from the start, and seeing people reacting positively to something that you’ve made.

“This was especially notable when we played on the main stage at Chalfest last year. Looking out over that huge crowd that was there watching us was just amazing and something we hope to be able to recreate in the future.”

Bones Like That have recently released their new single, ‘Second Storey Window’, and more songs are in the works and set for release later this year.

They’re also set to play plenty of gigs over the coming months, where people have a chance to hear some of their new music.

“We’re at the Crown and Sceptre in Stroud on Friday 10th April,” added Archie.

“And we’re also at the Stroud Subscription Rooms on the 25th for an Extinction Rebellion Earth Day event.

“It’s designed to be inclusive and focused on the power and impact young people have all over the world, as well as having a strong emphasis on all sorts of art, whether that be poetry, visual arts, storytelling, or in our case, music.”

To keep up to date with Bones Like That, visit www.facebook.com/boneslikethat

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