Born Without Bones Announce New Album Young At The Bend
Due Out May 12th on Devil You Know Records
Premiere New Song “Muscle” via CLRVYNT
Boston, Massachusetts indie punks, Born Without Bones, have announced their long-awaited new full length, Young At The Bend, due out May 12th via Devil You Know Records. The band have teamed with CLRVYNT to premiere the album’s first single “Muscle” along with a feature to dig into the new record.
Born Without Bones have never been an easy band to categorize. Their origins in the Massachusetts DIY punk scene belie the broader range of influences deftly incorporated into their sound, and on Young At The Bend, everything from the confessional strumming of heartland singer/songwriters to the huge hooks and crunchy guitars of ’90s alternative is seamlessly blended to create something unique to Born Without Bones. “Muscle” is a perfect example of this infectious amalgam, with CLRVYNT saying, “its raw, jagged spirit is countered by an old-school jangle that’s both catchy and cathartic in equal measure.”
Propelled by life upheaval, including the death of vocalist Scott Ayotte’s grandmother, Young At The Bend is a dense and dark record, but not one devoid of hope. The album’s tracks form a loose concept exploring the pain and confusion of grief and aging, and finding solace in a renewed sense of direction. Young At The Bend is the sound of a band at the top of their game, making incredibly immediate and personal music that dares the listener to forget about genre tags and just enjoy the ride.
1. The Bend
2. Takes Time
4. Shy Away
6. Blue Prince
9. I Am A Ruin
10. Wishing (You) Well
11. What I Was Missing
04/15 Lowell, MA @ UnchARTed w/ Prince Daddy & The Hyena, Animal Flag, People Like You, The Colour and Sound
Leaving your youth behind is a period of inevitable changes and challenges. It’s a volatile time that’s bound to have a significant effect on any creative endeavors, and for many bands, it’s the beginning of the end. For Massachusetts trio Born Without Bones, it’s a chance to become the band they’ve always wanted to be. On their third full length, Young At The Bend, Born Without Bones has managed to harness tension, loss, and uncertainty to make an album that nods to their past while redefining their future.Born Without Bones has always been a band that didn’t quite fit in. While rooted in the Massachusetts DIY punk scene, they’ve always pulled from a wide range of influences and Young At The Bend sees the band confidently following their own path. Traces of the big guitars and even bigger hooks of ‘90s alternative mix with the storytelling and subdued tones of heartland singer/songwriters, forming a sound that is distinctly their own. Born Without Bones’ emphasis on crafting pop hooks sets them apart from most of their punk scene peers, and Young At The Bend takes this focus to a new level without shying away from a dose of experimentation or a burst of aggression. The result is an album as diverse as it is powerful.
Young At The Bend represents a substantial step forward musically for Born Without Bones, but vocalist/guitarist Scott Ayotte found himself in new lyrical territory on the record as well. Loss and darkness have often appeared in his lyrics, but the passing of his grandmother shortly before recording had a deep impact on the album. Losing such an important figure left Ayotte reevaluating his life, including his approach to the band. The reverberations permeate Young At The Bend, as Ayotte’s evocative lyrics work to process grief amongst the sense of the existential confusion that comes with adulthood.
Bands inevitably grow and change as their members do; the only question is how these changes will impact the art. Young At The Bend proves that Born Without Bones has not simply rolled with the punches, but instead taken the risk of embracing their newfound evolution to create their most compelling work to date.