It’s more difficult to establish a distinctive brand in the music industry than it is to create interesting and catchy songs. This thought derives from the fact that a song can be powerful, but if it isn’t representative of a specific sound or identity, it becomes one of the countless tracks that we label “varried” or “nice tunes” on Spotify playlists. The Bone Cult, an English death electronica duo, have recognized this and strive to make the past as musically innovative as the present.
Their influences go back to Incubus and the Deftones of the early 2000s with the addition of massive elements of electronic music. The latter, moreover, are not only accompanying elements, as we anticipated, but are as important an addition as everything else, indeed it is the whole frame in which the other musical elements move. It’s right to be influenced and to make a musical sub-genre your own, however it’s very easy to risk finding yourself without an identity, as we said, or to mix many different flavors to be original without thinking about the harmony of the whole. Bone Cult is well aware of this. The judgement is up to you the audience.
Another interesting feature is their anonymous identity supported by masks. Obviously you are thinking of Daft Punk, because it is impossible not to because of the similarities. The sound however is completely different. Their new single Premature Burial, released on January 6 and re-released a month ago with a video clip, continues this editorial line that mixes 90s/early 2000s nu metal with a massive dose of electronic music. Premature Burial is also reminiscent of Bring Me To The Horizon, which is something we know very well and the music world has appreciated so much in recent years.
Even if you think they are unknown, in reality they have been around for more than seven years and in fact they have collaborated with Sleaford Mods, Rolo Tomassi, Nova Twins and Slaves in the last 4 years. Another important element to underline is that they managed to book, given the demand and their coolness, several tours in different continents performing in the United States, Canada, South Korea and Japan. Moreover, having been included in the soundtrack of the game Avakin Life, they have also made themselves known in as many as 70 countries, especially in Germany, Brazil and Mexico. If you can’t categorize these artists, they have come to our aid by defining themselves as creators of death electronica.
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and see 5 questions with Bone Cult below.
What’s your favorite venue where you’ve performed live?
Day 2: “I “really enjoyed Electrowerkz in London. We had a chance to play it as part of an alternative/ fetish night called Club AntiChrist and Ireally enjoyed the entire vibe of it. The venue was very industrial and just the whole event quite unique to be a part of. A bit closer to home, I think I would say Rough Trade in Nottingham. It is an awesome venue and ran really well.”
No 1: “In Nottingham I like Rough Trade, where we played our first headline show. It’s got a great atmosphere because the crowd can get right up in front of the stage. We once set off the fire alarm mid set and had to empty out the venue because we fogged the room out with a smoke machine, but fortunately people still came back to see us finish the set!”
What three items would you need to survive an apocalyptic zombie invasion?
Day 2: ”An axe for one. And I do mean a literal axe. Not a guitar. Then I’d say a lighter for warmth, cooking and making Molotov cocktails for protection. Lastly, I’d opt for a mini-gun for something to do on Sundays.”
No 1: “I think a crowbar is the only tool you need in this situation, I’d use it to break my way in to a bunker and break some zombie skulls. And maybe some matches and a red bull.”
What’s the most spontaneous thing you’ve done in your life?
Day 2: ”Probably getting my first tattoo at 16. It was honestly a phone call asking if I wanted a tattoo that same day from a friend who was learning it so I immediately printed off some ideas and took them round to his house where we got to work in his box room with just the one glove. Needless to say the results were good as you’d expect”
No 1: “I was in Paris for a weekend and I managed to track down the office where Ed Banger Records is based and tried to meet Busy P by turning up unannounced. For some reason I walked through the front door as someone was leaving and handed him a BC demo CD before he had a chance to ask what I was doing there. I got out of there before he asked how exactly I got in!”
What’s your favorite book or movie?
Day 2: “I’d have to say 1984 by George Orwell. It’s a great piece of literature and scarily accurate prediction. I have a portrait of him on my neck too so it feels wrong to give any other book or movie that top spot. Saying that, I also have a Terminator 2 tattoo so who knows?”
No 1: “I’m going to pick The Shining as my favourite movie, and I’m aware that Stephen King isn’t a fan of it. I’m reading the book but can’t see why, maybe its just Jack Nicolson’s deranged performance which has stuck with me!
What’s the weirdest dream you ever had?
No 1: “Very recently I can remember a dream where I had been part of a scientific experiment to turn me into a fish, but the transformation only happened when I was in the water. The scientists encouraged me to remain a fish person permanently and start a fish colony, but I decided it wasn’t for me and remained on the land. No idea what it means or how I came up with that one, but if someone is investigating such a thing, know that I do not wish to be involved.
Day 2: “When I was younger, I distinctly remember having a dream with Optimus Prime from Transformers and we went for a Burger King. I can’t remember exactly what we did but there was atleast food and it was a good time.”
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