Q&A Scene: Oisin Kelly ~ HORACE BONES

Tell us about your new single ‘Sex Beast’?​       

It was actually a way for us to experiment with new recording techniques before recording our album. This time we played to tape instead of digitally and we did it inside a small backyard shed instead of our mate’s studio. We’re really happy with the results, it’s a harsh, gritty, belter.

What’s your favourite work at this point in time? (your own or your group’s work)

Sex Beast is the best we’ve released but I’m pretty excited about how some of the new tunes that we’re working on are sounding.

Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.

Recently after a gig, our tour car was broken into and drum kit and bass amp stolen. We posted about it on the socials and got a massive response of people re-posting. Thanks to the beautiful supportive people in our local music scene and dumb fuck thieves, the gear was found stashed down an alleyway, recognised, and returned.     

What, or who, inspires you?   

Sex Beast was inspired by a novel called Venus in Fur by Leopold Von Sacher-Masoch. The song of the same name is one of my favorite Velvet Underground songs. I found the book’s subject matter really intriguing, even more so because Lou Reed obviously did too. The novel documents a young couple exploring their roles of dominance and subservience in their relationship which pretty quickly leads them to indulge in sadomasochism. Psychoanalysts actually derived the word masochist from the author’s name -fun fact there.

Which song do you wish you wrote?

Rumble by Link Wray. I’d put some lyrics to it. not much but a few lines.

What’s next for you? 

Finish the tour. write an album that I’m proud of then tour that album in new towns to new people.  

What’s your scene?

Old Bar any night of the week, watching local bands with the regulars.     

Melbourne punks HORACE BONES, release salacious new single 
‘Sex Beast’ and announce single tour.

Inspired by Leopold Von Sacher-Masoch’s 1870 novel, Venus In Furs, Sex Beast is delirious with sexual desperation and perversion. An unashamed chronicle of pure masochism, both in music and lyrics, it constantly builds, releases and builds again giving each listener no chance in hell to come up for air.

Recorded in a blacked out shed on the outskirts of Northcote, you can literally hear the sweat dripping from their bones as the band deliver their most concise effort yet. Classic Australian guitars, pulsing drums, filthy bass and a voice shouting everything you wish you could. [pullquote]”It’s evil rock’n’roll gurgling up from hell ready to melt your face off with guitar distortion” – Dom Alessio / Triple J[/pullquote] “Mistress, make me your sex beast”, frontman Oisin implores as he explores what it would be like to give yourself to someone so wholly that you surrender all ego, dignity and self respect. With a single this assured and an upcoming debut full length record on the way, it seems that the only thing standing in the way of Horace Bones being the name on everyone’s lips, is time.

Having successfully staked their claim as one of the most savage live bands in Melbourne, Horace Bones will now be taking their ravenous live show all across this big brown land this coming May on their ‘Sex Beast National Tour’.

Friday May 4th – Byron Bay Brewery, Byron Bay NSW

Saturday May 5th – The Imperial Hotel, Eumundi QLD

Sunday May 6th – Bloodhound, Brisbane QLD

Friday, May11th – The Eastern, Ballarat VIC

Saturday May 12th – The Westernport, San Remo VIC

Sunday May 13th – Baha, Rye VIC

Friday May 18th – Music Man, Bendigo VIC

Saturday May19th – Old Bar, Melbourne VIC

Saturday, May 26th – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney NSW

Sunday May 27th – Rad Bar, Wollongong NSW

Friday June 1st – The Loft. Warrnambool VIC Saturday June 2nd – The Metro, Adelaide SA

Sex Beast is available now through Thirds Music.

Australian-Gothic punks Horace Bones make intense, dark and frenzied music. Inspired by the likes of The Birthday Party, The Drones and The Cramps, the four-piece ransack the shadows of the Australian landscape and psyche to produce a sound equally unique and gut wrenching.

Living under one roof on the outskirts of Melbourne, members Christian Fish (drums), Ryan Caswell (Guitar), Daniel Cockburn (Bass) and Oisin Kelly (Vocals) banded together following the demise of an old share house in 2016.

With nothing left to lose, they rapidly formed a direction and style of joyously belligerent noise, pierced with penetrating lyrics. Within a month they’d released debut single Tarantula to wide spread praise and horror amongst their hometown music press, a nod on Triple J host Dom Alessio’s top tracks of the month as well as community radio love across the country.

After releasing their debut EP and a string of singles to no less praise and horror, the band have been seen touring the country countless times in their trusty old tour van, “Jolene”.

After blistering sets at New Years on The Hill, Cherry Rock and Sydney Road Festival, it’s easy to see that the stage is where Horace Bones really makes their mark. The fact being all too apparent at their sold out launch at Melbourne’s The Tote for previous single, Stranger Danger.

Having successfully staked their claim as one of the most savage live bands in Melbourne, Horace Bones will now be taking their ravenous live show all across this big brown land this coming May on their ‘Sex Beast National Tour’.

The band will be taking in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide, before heading into the studio to record their long awaited debut full length record, scheduled for release this coming September.









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