The duo—vocalist Rosie Bones and guitarist Carmen Vandenberg—are teaming up with AP to share their “Pretty Waste” video and news of their debut full-length.
The track shuts down everyone who’s judged someone based on surface appearance with ease as Bones rattles off poignant lines such as “I’m too cheap for you to own me, no one ever could.”
Set against an electro-punk backdrop, the duo express that you can be whoever you want to be.
“‘Pretty Waste’ is about this notion that if you’re attractive, you can’t be clever, or if you’re sexy, you can’t be smart,” Bones says. “As people, we’re judged so much for what we look like, and people have opinions of what we can or can’t be because of it.
“It’s about being judged for what you look like and saying fuck that,” Bones continues. “What you look like on the outside doesn’t have to define who you are on the inside. It’s about not trying to live up to what people expect [or] want you to be because of your appearance, age, sex [or] race. You can be whatever you want to be. None of that shit should ever define you or be put on you by other people. It’s unimportant.”
As for the video itself, Bones and Vandenberg wanted to capture their individual personalities in a cohesive, artistic way.
“We’re a band made of two people with very distinct personalities that are linked by the music we make,” Bones explains. “With the video, I just wanted to find a way to showcase our different vibes, and me and Carmen having our own box to play in was just a simple way of doing that.
“We interact with each other between the split screen—breaking it and playing with it—showing that we’re linked and operating as one unit,” she says. “[There’s] stuff like me inhaling a cig and Carmen blowing out the smoke [that] gives this feeling of us being this one entity, and that entity is Bones UK. This was really put to the test when we had to do the ‘catching the cigarette’ in the mouth trick, which took a lot of concentration and about 40 takes.”
Check out the cigarette trick in the “Pretty Waste” video below.
“Pretty Waste” appears on the band’s upcoming self-titled debut full-length, which drops July 12 via Sumerian Records. Check out the full tracklist below, and preorders are available here.
1. “Beautiful Is Boring”
2. “Filthy Freaks”
3. “Pretty Waste”
5. “I’m Afraid Of Americans”
10. “Black Blood”
12. “Girls Can’t Play Guitar”
Bones UK are hitting the road this summer starting next month. Strange 80s 3D is among their stops where all proceeds go to Talinda Bennington’s mental health initiative, 320 Changes Direction, which serves those who suffer from mental health, depression and addiction issues. Following that, they’ll be out in support of the Struts. Tickets are available here.
06/01 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda (Strange 80s 3D)
06/10 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
07/21 – Foxborough, MA @ Gillette Stadium (Mad Decent Festival)
07/25 – Buffalo, NY @ Canalside %
07/26 – Utica, NY @ Saranac Brewery %
07/27 – New York, NY @ Rooftop Concert Series at Pier 17 %
07/28 – Mt Pocono, PA @ Mount Airy Casino Resort %
07/30 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues %
08/03 – Auburn, WA @ Pain In The Grass 2019
08/04 – Hampton, NH @ Hampton Beach Casino %
08/06 – Dewey Beach, DE @ Bottle & Cork %
08/07 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club %
% with the Struts