Savage Bones - A/B aka “Wild & Free” and “Impossible Love”
Richmond’s Savage Bones combines Americana, pop, and folk for a potent blend of modern country-rock. Despite the metal-worthy band name, the band chooses its own sound away from the darkened paths of heavy metal. We’re very curious about the origin of the name as you can see. Anyway, “Wild & Free” finds a smattering of hand claps, anthemic whoa sections, and spacious, soaring chorus vocals. The male-to-female voice combination helps exude the gang-vocal mood of the piece. John Kendall Royston and Ashley Pearse hit some complementary harmonies together while the piano rocks some slides.
The ambiance slows down for “Impossible Love,” and says “I don’t want impossible love/I just want you.” Gorgeous lap-steel adds depth and twang to the ballad.
Below you’ll find “I Didn’t Move to Portland,” although it exhibits one of my least favorite stylistic choices….the “whoa” chorus a la The Lumineers. It’s an easy trap to fall into, but I urge Richmond bands to step above it and create something in its entirety. Don’t give up on the chorus!
Catch Savage Bones on 5/10 @ The Hippodrome AND 4/18 @ Jammin’ Java in Vienna, VA. The band is currently recording new tracks for an EP, taking new photos, and getting some videos ready! Stay tuned.