We were fortunate to catch Perth rock quartet Rag N’ Bone at last year’s Music Matters Festival and here they are with their highly essential debut album, A Handful of Ash.
Sounding like they take their cues from the visceral 80s goth-rock outfits like Killing Joke, Southern Death Cult, Siouxsie & the Banshees et al and the so-called 90s Seattle Grunge bands like The Screaming Trees and Alice in Chains, Rag N’ Bone is all hard rock and precious little filler.
This ‘take no prisoners’ approach means that the music is going to be in your face most of the time and that demands concentration to appreciate the full impact of what is on offer in A Handful of Ash.
Grounded by the dynamic rhythm section of Sara McPherson (Bass) & Jamie Gallacher (Drums) and topped by the twin threats of Kiera Owen (Vocals) and Axel Carrington (Guitar), Rag N’ Bone produce a devastating melange of thoughtful chaos that drives meaning into the most unexpected places.
Or ‘Polished Scunge’ as the band describe the kind of music they make. Whatever it is, if you love bands that grab you by the balls and never let go, then Rag N’ Bone is the band for you…
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