In our latest band spotlight, and ahead of their UK tour, we chat to vocalist Bobby Bentham about new music, and other shit.
S] Yo dude, how are you doing today?
Hello! I cannot complain, life is good!
S] Do you still find motivation in your surroundings in Blackpool nowadays?
There is something beautiful and decrepit about seaside towns, a sense of magic in the air, mixed with the smell of crack. Blackpool has a character which is hard to figure out, sometimes I am provided with motivation, sometimes sucked into a black hole.
S] How do you look back at the success of stuff like ‘Snakepit’ and ‘Slug City’ now?
People dig it, i dig it. That’s all that matters to me.
S] What made you wanna meld genres more on your new stuff like ‘Vicious’?
We’ve always been heavy into electronic music. It’s more exciting and fun for me as a songwriter to bring in as many different influences and styles as possible, with it still sounding like Strange Bones.
S] What motivates you outside of music now, think movies, people and places for example?
Aimlessly wondering cities and travelling on trains is a good way for me to write.
S] How do you define success as a band?
For me success is having the opportunity to create freely, if that was taken from me i would be nothing. Success is owning what you do, in a way that other people can relate to and get onboard with.
S] What advice would you give to emerging bands and artists coming out of town like Blackpool, or Hull for example – where music press, and opportunities might not exactly slap you in the face – on how to get out there, as you’ve been able to do and build such a prolific profile?
It’s hard work if you are grafting it yourself. A lot of rejection and nobody giving a fuck, for a long time. The key is to believe in yourself, even if nobody else does, believe in your art and take no prisoners! Good luck!