Bad Habits - Bare Bones
Artist: Bare Bones
Album: Bad Habits
Genre: Hard Rock/Punk
Review by Nicole Roberts
Sydney hard rockers Bare Bones have dropped their debut album, and it's a great one. You may have heard the name Bare Bones floating around lately as they've been getting a fair bit of attention, both from media and from people on social media, and for good reason. With two decent EPs under their belt, and a string of live performances supporting big guns like Every Time I Die and letlive, they've certainly earned their reputation as a band to watch. Now their new album, Bad Habits, is about to show exactly why they've been making so much noise lately.
Straight out of the gates with 'Thick As Thieves', the album is strong. It's a mixture of Gallows' Orchestra of Wolves and Every Time I Die's The Big Dirty with a strong Southern vibe. The vocals are heavily punk, but with a bit less of the reckless abandon punk is known for and a bit more polished. While the first listen of the album the songs can blur into one another, I did find that the more times I listened to it, the more I could appreciate the subtle nuances between the songs. It's as if the band have decided that every single song will carry what is sure to be their signature sound, but are also mindful of the fact that they do need to make sure the songs are different enough so as not to lose the listeners attention.
One of the strongest parts of this album has to be the guitars. In every single song, no matter what riff they're playing, it's catchy and interesting and gets your attention - basically, they're never wasted in the background of the music. They're always interesting, always strong and even if every other musical element of the element failed, the guitars could easily carry this entire release. Luckily for us, the entire band is great.
It's hard to pick a stand out favourite track on the album as all of them are strong. If I had to pick a top three, it would probably be 'Skeleton Key', 'Strange Brew' and 'Midnight Climax' (largely for that tasty opening riff). There is bound to be a song for any rock fan or metalhead on the album though, as with their varied influences shining through, it blurs enough lines between genres that it's definitely accessible for a wide range of music lovers.
With its combination of gritty vocals full of swagger, crushing guitars and driving drum beats, combined with its Southern feel, this album really doesn't let up from beginning to end. It's high energy, high quality, and it's highly enjoyable to listen to. I definitely recommend getting your mitts onto a copy of this ASAP.
9 out of 10
Bad Habits is available now via Resist Records.
Check out their video for 'Thick As Thieves' below
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