Shackles and Bones

Shackles and Bones

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A four-piece rock band that meets you at the bar, chats you up, then punches you in the face. Unrelenting and merciless, and with the stage presence of an electrocuted dinosaur, Shackles & Bones will blow your socks off and burn them. Then sprinkle the ashes in your mother's flower garden.

Biography

Formed in July 2010 in Grahamstown, South Africa by Dave Glover, Alex Williamson, Neil Van Zuydam and Luke Clayton, Shackles and Bones quickly took-off and established itself within the Grahamstown arena. After merely 3 months of playing together, the guys had written 8 songs, and came 2nd in Rhodes University's LMS Battle of the Bands, winning recording time at Sonic Arts Studios. Using their prize, they recorded their demo album, which was produced and mixed
by Luke Clayton himself.

2011 saw Shackles and Bones playing alongside national bands such as Southern Gypsy Queen, Dance!You're on Fire and CrashCarBurn. In July 2011, they played shows at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival, receiving many positive reviews, great crowd response and a whole lot of
experience!

2012 saw the beginning of a new era for Shackles and Bones with Steven Ellery and Grant Mears replacing Neil Van Zuydam and Alex Williamson respectively. Since that time Shackles and Bones has accomplished much in the short space of 2012 and has definitely seen a change
in the style of music they play as well as the dynamic within the band itself. The early stages of 2012 saw Shackles and Bones recording their second demo album entitled "Free Parking" which was also produced and mixed by Luke Clayton. The band also did a local tour with another local
band down to Port Elizabeth and East London over the space of a weekend and received many a positive review. Shackles and Bones now has about 16 songs in their repertoire and are churning out a bunch of new material that is completely unique, fresh and will hopefully rock some socks
off!

One of the highlights for Shackles and Bones this year has been the shooting of the music video for the song entitled "Death Clown Communist". The video was uploaded onto YouTube and within six months it has received over 1500 hits. The song and video were sent to 5fm and the song has subsequently been aired on national radio at least two times. The 2012 Grahamstown National Arts Festival saw Shackles and Bones play 5 shows in the space of ten days alongside
their good friends Lu-Fuki. Exposure was the name of the game and there was definitely a lot of that going on during this period of time.

2012 has also seen Shackles and Bones play alongside acts like Dave Knowles, Mr Cat and the Jackal, Half Price and Jack Parow as well as recently embarking on a Cape Town tour where they received many positive reviews and requests to return.

What their future holds, no one knows. But one thing is for sure: these guys will continue to rock, to roll, and deliver one hell of a show!

Lyrics

Death Clown Communist

Written By: David Glover, Luke Clayton and Steven Ellery

I don’t know what I’ve been told
But everyone here smells like gold
What strange days

Buy this take that take away
We all do this every day
When will this game grow old

Cause I met the girl with the flowers in her hair
She said
I don’t care much for these things
The trinkets and the diamond rings
When will this game grow old
The metal leaves me cold

Hands and feet of gold
Workers story told
Line up to be bought and sold
The JSE is in hell
Your broker knows too well
Line up to buy and sell
I’m trying not to repeat
Do not repeat yourself
Trying not to repeat myself
Cash up if you insist
With an iron fist
I’m the Death Clown Communist

Shiny nose and painted face
Whiskey breath and powder trace
Slightly happy
Slightly pissed
He’s the Death Clown Communist

Well I met the girl with the flowers in her hair
She said
Don’t look up but look down
Let’s all dance around
If you don’t believe me
Just ask the clown

Hands and feet of gold
Workers story told
Line up to be bought and sold
The JSE is in hell
Your broker knows too well
Line up to buy and sell
I’m trying not to repeat
Do not repeat yourself
Trying not to repeat myself
Cash up if you insist
With an iron fist
I’m the Death Clown Communist

Leopard King

Written By: David Glover and Luke Clayton

Hey Mr Man
How do you do
I’ve got my record CD for you
Oh it’s good for sure
Music drips out of every pore
Well
It’s good if you’re busy
Or if you’re alone
Gotta get yourself ready
Ready
For Shackles and Bones

I don’t know why
Gotta get by
I don’t know
I don’t know why
Gotta get by
I don’t know
Push and pull
Off a brown barstool
Push and pull
Push and pull
Off a brown barstool
I don’t know
Hey
Ja
We’re Shackles and Bones

You got your matches
You have your money
Try to fit in and try to be funny
We hear the Leopard King sing
Oh Leopard King

Count down what you’re waiting for
I know you’re gonna ask for more
Can’t figure out what to say
Gonna bang you
Bang you
Bang you
Bang you

Contact he’s gonna pull and score
And I know she’s gonna give me more
Just thinking of rock and roll
Gonna rip it up right now

Discography

Self Titled EP released in 2010
"Free Parking" EP released in 2012 (All tracks can be found on MySpace and Facebook.
Music video of the song entitled "Death Clown Communist" can be found on YouTube.
"Death Clown Communist" was aired on 5fm.
"Leopard King" and "Death Clown Communist" were both aired on Rhodes Music Radio.