The first time I saw this band’s name BAD BONES I confused them with the British hc band Broken Bones. Why I do not know as they play in different corners. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
Could you please introduce yourself to those of us in the dark?
-Hi there! Steve, bass and founder member of the is answering, Bad Bones is an Hard Rock band from Italy, formed in 2007 we have 4 albums in assets: “Small-town Brawlers (2008)”, “A Family Affair (2010)”, “Snakes and Bones (2012)” and the last one “Demolition Derby”to be released in europe on December by Sliptrick Records. we played around Europe and USA where we moved for a period between 2008 and 2009, our sound is something between Ac/Dc, Whitesnake, Cheap Trick, Motorhead, Kiss and ZZtop. if you love old school HR …take a listen !
I often wonder how people discover that they can do what they do. How did you discover that you can sing and play instruments?
-I was 13 years old, grown in a small town in the north-west of Italy, it was the golden age of Hard Rock, bands like Whitesnake, Guns’n’Roses, AC/DC, Motley Crue, Europe, Ozzy Osbourne, Iron Maiden, were at their top, this electric and positive sound inspired me, so I started to listen to every record possible and it was kind a treasure hunt. I was a great music lover and I became musician just a couple of years later, when my brother Lele ( Bad Bones drummer) rent a drum and started to take lessons, I was truly inspired by him so I started playing bass ( because my hero was Steve Harris from Iron Maiden), at the beginning I couldn’t find anyone who could help me giving me lessons, so I started as self taught, it was really hard to do that but I was really motivated. thinking back to those days I still feel a certain tenderness looking back at those two teenagers who started their journey in music with that giant passion that allowed them to exceed all the obstacles year after year, they are still alive inside us!
When did it become a revelation that you can do this and maybe get paid for having fun, instead of just putting out all the money?
-I started playing in small clubs and pubs near my hometown with my first band, we played for a beer and a burger, but we felt like playing in a stadium, time after time things changed, I was asked to join different bands and everything started to be more professional, we played covers and sometimes original and we get payed for the shows, I felt lucky to get my money out by music, but the most important thing wasn’t this, the most important thing was the people that comes to the shows and the energy the gave us every night, that feeling was so exciting and electrifying that I felt that music was not a just a question of business, but it was about love and passion.
When you spend an amount of your life on a band does it ever feel like you have wasted time, that you have fought one too many windmills?
-I played music for my entire life and I really feel lucky, I had the chance to travel around the world, meet amazing people, play side by side with Nicko Mc Brain from Iron Maiden for five years, record albums with great bands and at the end create my Bad Bones and record with my brothers 4 albums, play in world famous venues like Whisky a Go Go etc. if I look back to my life I feel really proud, as I told you before, I come from a small village in Italy but the passion and the love for music always led me everywhere and now it’s time for the release of our new album “Demolition Derby” and I’m really excited!
No matter how small or big you were as a band you will leave a legacy behind you. How do you want people to treat this legacy?
-It’s not easy to answer to this question, I never thought about this, I mean, I live music in a very intimate way and I really don’t think too much about what people think or understand about our musical production, in the end it’s just r’n’r, we play to let people have fun and to share good vibrations with them, if our music could be a soundtrack for someone then I will be happy but everyone is free to treat our art as he wants, we are just an honest and passionate rock band.
Is digital taking away the mystery of waiting for a new album now that you can upload as soon as you have written a song?
-Digital changed lot of things in music, you can like it or not but there is no chance to deal with it, the world is changed and also technology, when I was young I just could dream to have people in US or Japan that could listen to my music, in the digital era that is possible, there is a price for that obviously and so the value of the music as a product is at the bottom in history, the music industry as we know it is almost disappeared and transformed, so todays guys could not understand the magic of the wait for the new album of your favorite band and the pleasure to have your brand new copy in your hands, times are changed, it is useless to cry on, there are new opportunities for all just behind the corner.
How important is image in separating you from all the million different styles of metal there is out there?
-We don’t really think to find a particular image to separate ourselves to other rock bands, we just try to be ourselves, no magic machinery, costumes or make up, just four rockers playing the music they love, we are honest and we have our sound that is recognizable, we don’t need other things honesty and pride are our trademark.
Do you deal in different topics lyrically or do you keep to one, just using different variations?
-We have a pretty interesting life so we don’t need to invent anything to write a lyric, our songs talk about the things we live: happiness, pain, loss, pride, dreams, love, family, every album is like a picture of a moment in life, so when I listen back to our previous records I can exactly go back to that point of my life, music is a time machine in this way!
Do you consider yourself a live artist or do you like to spend most of the time secluded in a studio?
-We are a live band, we love to record albums but the stage is our natural place, I think rock music reaches it climax live, loud in your ears and powerful, I think people still need this, in this virtual reality where the world seems to sink, rock music represent a solid foothold for many young people, get out from your rooms go to a rock show, meet people and be galvanized by the energy of the music, this is the meaning of rock, this is the meaning of the life we love.
How much of a touring band are you guys? What memories do you take with you?
-We spent lot of time traveling, we’ve tons of memory: a broken van on the 101 Highway in California on the road to Ventura, Sergio, our “new guitar player” who learns an entire setlist on the van during the two hours drive to the venue ( he knew that he had to substitute our former one just couple of hours before), that night spent in a frozen military base on the border between Belarus and Latvia, or the night we slept in a middle age castle in Switzerland, the nights in Czech Republic rescuing Adam Bomb from crazy situations and so on, every tour is full of unexpected things and we learned to smile when something goes wrong, it’s a part of the game.
What does the future hold?
-Our new album “Demolition Derby” will be released in Europe by Sliptrick records in December, in USA in January and Japan in February, the magazines have reviewed our album enthusiastically, and we are very pleased about this, a new video is ready to be released in the next weeks and we will start a tour around Italy in the next days, we have planned a EU tour for the spring and we will be in the USA in autumn 2017 so there is lot going on for us! As Ozzy said “Let the Madness begins!”