Civil War - Broken Bones


The sound of Broken Bones is the sound of punk at its most primal, the crashing roar of wild, wild youth taken to limits even the Sex Pistols never dreamed of. When the band formed in 1983, punk may not have been dead, but it was certainly dying. Then Broken Bones came along and the reverberations are still being felt today, in the battle cries of Bad Religion and the swagger of Rancid, in the white heat of Slayer and the debauchery of Ministry. Some people have called Broken Bones one of the biggest Hardcore bands of all time and one of the most vital, various U.S. mega-bands such as Metallica have even acknowledged them as one of their influences. Broken Bones are from England and were formed by brothers Tezz Roberts (Terry Bones) and Tony "Bones" Roberts in 1983 after they left Discharge. Sounds magazine did an article titled "Broken Bones", about the brothers leaving Discharge. The brothers had found their new band name. The original lineup was Tezz on bass, Bones on guitar, Nobby as the vocalist and drummer Bazz. Their first single release was the January 1984 "Decapitated" which hit # 10 in the indy charts. The follow-up single "Crucifix" was released in May 1984 hitting #12. Tezz left the band to join U.K.Subs and friend and roadie Paul "Hoddy" took over on bass. This new line-up recorded the band's first album "Dem Bones", and toured Europe & the USA. Hoddy then left to join Conflict, and Tezz resumed bass playing duties, and the F.O.A.D. album was released with Karl "Egghead" from The Exploited joining in on rythem guitar. The band then had several line-up changes with Nobby leaving to live in America and Tezz once more departing . Hoddy returned to play bass and sing. The band released the "Seeing Thru My Eyes" ep with this 3-piece line-up. Eventually the band ground to a halt. Later the band reformed once more with the original line up to record 'trader in death', a record the band cites as their best recording. Bones reformed the band with a new line up of Cliff on drums, Quiv on vocals and Darren "Thrasher" Harris (of Exit Condition) on bass. This is where the band took a more metal turn with their music, releasing "Losing Control". Two more albums were to follow with the 12 inch release "Religion is Responsible" and another album "Stitched Up". After these albums release, the band's touring and recording fell into remission. In 1996 Broken Bones reformed. Bones as on guitar, Quiv on vocal, Hoddy on bass and Dave on drums. They released their first studio album in 8 years, "Without Conscience" in 2001 and in 2004, they released "Time For Anger, Not Justice". Both albums bring the band back to their roots as they play the brand of hardcore they're most well known for. They still gig and tour regularly. They were the last band to play before 2006's ill-fated British Invasion concert in San Bernardino was shut down. They played they're last show with this line up supporting the UK Subs in 2010. In 2012 Broken Bones were to reform again, this time with original member Tezz Roberts back on bass, Bones on lead guitar and also returning to the group is Karl "Egghead" Morris. New to this line-up is Jeff "JJ" Janiak on vocals, previously from fellow Stoke On Trent band "Wasted Life", and Andy Dawson on drums. This Line up would see a full European tour, but due to distance between members recording ground to a halt. 2014 would see Broken Bones once more returning to a 4 piece, with previous Broken Bones member Dave Bridgewood (also of Discharge) returning to the line up.

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