|Hailing from Long Island, New York, Old Bones is the culmination of 20+ year friendships, fights, musical cultivation, and exploration. Following years of stop-start momentum, the band finally found its footing after watching a Mastodon/Opeth show and realizing what they needed to do. After a ton of individual writing, they had enough to begin rehearsing with Griffin McCarthy (Letter of Marque) and ultimately put 5 of these ferocious songs to tape to release them to the masses in March 2020.
That debut, Sleepwalker, is an aggressive whirlwind of stylistic changes and expressions, the band explained the sound as a mix of “Rock, metal, hardcore, a couple of sludgy bits, and some grunge nonsense, referring to themselves as ”powerslop deathrock” as a quicker statement. Imagine if members of Mastodon, Every Time I Die, Trivium, and Kyuss decided to write songs for a Motorhead tribute show. Johnny and Anthony worship at the altar of the almighty riff and the ripping guitar solo while Dan’s thunderous bass moves the congregation forward, while Griffin’s drums make sure the pounding never stops. Even with the combined three-headed assault of Anthony’s vicious screaming, Johnny’s howling and Dan’s haunting vocals, Sleepwalker clearly follows the golden rules of always serve the song and never get in the way of the groove.
The artwork was created by Dan Walsh and is based around a concept of the universe being dreamed out with literal manifestations of the human experience coming from a sleeping goddess. Peeling back that layer shows themes of growth, death, loneliness, and the passage of time.