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The Bonesmen

Actually not really something new, yet this one tasted very good. I am speaking about the latest album of The Bonesmen, which is just old-fashioned, but very tasteful blues orientated rock. Singer/guitarist Frank Thomas was willing to introduce us further to this band.

By: Cor | Archive under bluesrock

The Bonesmen are around for several years now, but many of our readers will not know you yet. Can you give an introduction into the history of The Bonesmen?
The band has been around for about five years. Like many bands, the earliest stages had a few member changes but the current lineup has been consistent for three years and we have two albums out.

Can you explain the choice of the name of the band? The Bonesmen are often connected to the Yale university society Skull And Bones. Is there any link between the band and this organization?
There is no link between the band and the Yale Univ. secret society of the Skull and Bones. The name "The Bonesmen" is a nickname for the members of the club. The only thing we have in common is that the band and Yale Univ. both are in New Haven CT.

You do not look like a bunch of guys straight from high school, and your music sounds as if you stayed true to the music from your early childhood. Who were your first musical heroes, and who are your sources of inspiration for your music nowadays?
All the classic British bands: Stones, Beatles, The Who, Zeppelin as well as Johnny Cash, Buddy Holly, Aerosmith, UFO. There is so much good music that has been a major influence. There is an infinite amount of great music that came out of the 50s 60s and 70s. The same music that got us all started still keep us going today.

Your music does not contain any surprises, you cannot call it original in any way. Still it sounds very spontaneous, all pieces fit together, and it's like it's made with a lot of fun and something like your own flavor. What's the secret?
Taking all the obvious rock, country and blues elements that we love and incorporating it into our music is a important aspect of our songs. After all, those are the things that got us into rock n roll to begin with. We are fortunate enough to not sound like a copycat band. We will never say that we don't "borrow" from out forefathers of Rock. Keeping it fun is a very important aspect of the band. We are pleased that is conveyed through our music.

How is the songwriting process? Anyone taking the lead in writing the concept, or is it a lot of fiddling round and see where it goes?
A song can come in many ways, a hook, a riff, a melody, it's always a group effort.

What can you tell us about the gear you use?
We use standard issue rock & roll gear like Gibsons, Fenders, Marshalls. We also have amps custom built for us by a local guy athttp://whitneyamplification.com.

band imageYou are not involved with a major label. How do you promote your album and how do you get your gigs? Does your management handle everything or are there a lot of things you still have to do yourself, and are there any special marketing tricks?
We are on an indie label called Angel Creek Records. We have been doing promo for our new cd 'Deuce' for the last couple months. We have been promoting Europe with Nick at TSM. He's been great and owe all of our recognition overseas so far to him. We've been getting favourable reviews and doing interviews with people like yourself, also some radio play from stations that are kind enough to play it. So far so good. We have a close working relationship with our management (Unlimited Productions). We are happy to take on whatever task is needed in order to achieve whatever goals we have set to accomplish. We are pretty hands on and we like it like that. We don't mind getting our hands dirty. It also provides us the opportunity to stay close to the business aspect that is constantly changing

Nowadays with internet, it's easier to do without a major label, but also the downloading is a threat to the music industry. Do you consider the internet as a threat or an advantage?
Love it or hate it the Internet is here to stay, the trick is to find a way to happily co exist.

Not many new bands in your genre get beyond the stage of being a hobby band in The Netherlands. The radio and venues are still mainly ruled by the oldies from the seventies. It seems to be not done for the younger generation of musicians. From my visits to The States I remember hearing several new bands on the radio. What's your opinion about airplay in The States, and how are things going for you in Europe?
Commercial Airplay in the states is controlled mostly by the mega corporate record labels. Independent radio is mostly dead. It's almost impossible to get regular airplay in the USA with out major label backing. There are new bands in the USA being introduced regularly but unfortunately most are being promoted because of style not substance. We are slowly picking up radio play in Europe and are hopeful it still is on the rise.

Any plans for a tour overseas?
We are currently looking into touring in Europe. We would love to have the opportunity to play for all of our new friends. If a promoter called today and the details were the right fit, we would jump on a plane tomorrow.

Anything as a final message for our readers?
For us music doesn't have to be complicated, it's not about how many notes you play. It's about a good song that rocks and if your lucky it makes you forget about life for awhile.

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