Jun 5, 2010


Heavy Bones

Heavy Bones

Heavy Bones is a band that formed in the early 1990s.  The members included founders Joel Ellis (of Cats in Boots) and guitarist Gary Hoey. Rex Tennyson (of Hellion) played bass and Frankie Banali (of Quiet Riot) played drums.  I don't remember what made me want to purchase a CD in 1992 from this little-known band that really didn't gain enough of a following to be able to record a follow up CD, but their album is one I still enjoy listening to. 

The album simply titled with the band's name, is one of those glamor rock/sleaze rock music albums that you could play in the background while you sit around, drinking beer with your friends.  I mean it's not boring but it's not distracting either.  A majority of the songs in the album contain a lot of picking and soft strums on the steel guitar strings, making it sound more like a classic mellow rock album.  The percussions add to the rhythmic beats that remain pretty steady throughout most of the tracks so it's easy to follow along.  The singer's slightly raspy voice sounds like a cross between Motley Crue's Vince Neil and Tesla's Jeff Keith but with a more mellow emotional overtone.  

Here's a video of Heavy Bones performing "4 AM TM", perhaps the only song that they sang that got any attention at the time.  Despite their lack of popularity in the 1990s, the album is one I think is worth checking out and going back to.

(Post transferred from my Music Closet blog which I will be closing out soon.)
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