Adam Bones


If you can get beyond the fact that Adam is almost definitely gonna steal your girlfriend, there's a lot to dig about this skinny, shaggy-haired motherfucker. Rock It Up offers stadium rock savagery, 70s power-pop hooks, handclaps everywhere, and flurries of guitar heroics. Plus a pair of 3D glasses. The record's in 3D man. Deal with it.

Video premiere: Adam Bones, ‘Highlights of the Lowlife’

L.A.-based power-popper Adam Bones and his all-female supporting cast of Rikki Styxx, Tracy Lambertucci and Breanna Fields recall the days rock ’n’ roll lived and smiled by the power chord. Bones’ new EP “Rock It Up,” his first outing since 2009′s “Feel For Tomorrow,” is an old-school spine-stiffener that’s equal parts riffage, rhythms and audacity — the last of which is on full display in director Brad “B. Radical” Spencer’s video for “Highlights of the Lowlife.” Here, the show-stealer is Gus, a four-legged fiend who paws his way into the hearts of fans. Cue the punchline about rock being a dog-eat-dog world, and laugh a little.

Adam Bones – A Band You’ll Want to See Live!

Adam Bones, the band, is comprised of four musicians including front man Adam Bones and his three-piece, all female band members Rikki Styxx, Tracy Lambertucci and Breanna Fields. Together they create music which settles itself somewhere between rock, punk and pop, although the band are far more concerned about creating good music than fitting into any given genre. The recent release of EP Rock It Up gives a glimpse at the varied talents of Adam Bones, though it’s easy to feel that this offering is just a snippet of the musical possibilities of the four-piece.

Rock It Up is the kind of recording which makes you want to see a band play live. Bones’ voice jumps from even the poorest of speakers; deep, dark and dangerous with a story to tell. Not over-produced, the music retains an experimental quality and it’s easy to picture Bones and his band jamming in a garage or studio, creating the intricate layers of these tracks and having a great time doing it. There is certainly an energetic undercurrent to this music which suggests the musicians are enjoying playing the music just as much as audiences will enjoy listening to it.

The four tracks on Rock It Up are as individual as they are engaging. “Run” and “Rock It Up” assault the ears, in a good way, with the band’s signature mix of heavy guitars, fast-paced lyrics and scrambling tempos. “Highlights of the Lowlife” takes things a bit slower, Bone’s lyrics slowing to a story-telling drawl in some sections, while “Kill Ya, Baby” touches on being almost emotive. All four of the tracks showcase the different talents of the band well, from catchy bass lines to soaring riffs and Bones’ drawling lyrics, the tight percussion drawing the whole lot together.

Adam Bones is a group made up of musicians who clearly love to make music – the best commonality a band can share. As an EP, Rock It Up makes a statement attesting to the talents of this four-piece, marking the place in history where this band with a potentially very bright future first started.

Adam Bones is aware that what you hear is only half the story. Given that, the first onslaught to the public not only includes the EP Rock It Up, but two simultaneously released videos from the EP designed to win friends and influence people. These videos not only set up the record, but begins to prepare the viewer for the ultimate Adam Bones experience: The Live Show. Rock it Up is only one-half of the story. Because Adam Bones is that rarest of entities: A classic rock ‘n’ roll band, aware that the disc and the concert are two separate theatres. On stage, their spectacular showmanship combines magically with their musicianship to create a total event. You’ll be able to see them soon because the band plays 200 dates a year, taking their music to the streets. And, after all, that’s what rock ‘n’ roll is all about.

"I’ll be recording a cover song and will be putting that out in the near future that I’m really excited about. I won’t tell you the song yet, but it’s pretty obscure and crosses over into another genre. And then, you know… total world domination."

“The one word I can use to describe Adam Bones is cool. This was the coolest band at the (KerPUNK) festival. Very focused, very serious, with a Jimi Hendrix iconic style, Adam Bones, lead vocalist, brought the audience punk rock that demanded respect.”

“Adam Bones, soulful power pop/classic rock which is brimming with talent and confidence! Excellent singer/songwriter whose voice is powerful enough to do without a microphone!”

LA based rocker Adam Bones is traditional power pop artists with modern flair and youthful style. Fans of Bleu, Jet and Ok Go will find his debut EP fresh and compelling… Opening with the energetic “I Had You” he vocally reminds me of Elvis Presley’s rich baritone, and combined with those melodic guitar riffs, it’s a winner. He recently finished IPO in LA and after the country-pop of “Shouldn’t Love” I’m sure it was a great show. The gentle ballad “Feel For Tomorrow” is a deceptively simple, but an effective song that builds into an arena rock anthem styled after The Who. The buzzing hooks in “How Hard I Needed You” is another keeper along the lines of Lenny Kravitz, and I can’t wait for the full length album already. If you’re looking for a future power pop star — here he is. 8 out of 10

“What might one expect to see at (an Adam Bones) show, you ask? Rock and roll that’s a little grungy, a little raw, and a whole lot of fun.”

Adam Bones “combines pure rock, melodic pop hooks and raw energy to concoct a lethal brew of rock ‘n’ roll that’ll get your hips shakin’”. He and his cohorts have gone back to basics on their new 5 track EP, “Feel For Tomorrow” - a ‘bare bones’ approach, if you will.

If Adam Bones has any skeletons in his closet, they all come out to play on “Feel For Tomorrow”. His influences stretch all the way back to The Who and reach up to today’s modern rock. The sound is fun garage rock, with Adam’s voice strongly reminiscent of Scott Blasey of The Clarks. Bones has a knack for crafting smart pop hooks, but what I enjoy most is that he cranks up the amps and his confidence to deliver the authentic rock sound and attitude sorely missed from today’s music. He proves his versatility on these five tracks, stomping through Kinks territory on the crunchy opener, “I Had You”, while strolling near alt-country terrain on “Shouldn’t Love”, then slipping through some funky sleaze rock on “How Hard I Needed You”.

Make no ‘bones’ (ahem) about it, this short and sweet EP is great end of summer music. He reminds me a lot of Eugene Edwards, but I would check this one out if you fancy The Clarks, Gin Blossoms, or OK Go. - Bill’s Music Forum

Lead singer Adam Bones is a very charismatic guy on stage and off, a very down to earth person that actually took the time to chat with this examiner, take a photo and sign some stuff after the show. Very cool.

“Adam Bones charmed the crowd with his power pop tunes and cheerfully self-deprecating banter. By the end of his foot stomp-punctuated set he had the audience cheering his name…”

Adam Bones comes on like a blast from a hidden time capsule, reverberating melodic tune smithing with authentic skinny tie zeal. This sonic gem glistens, and begs to be set on repeat.

Adam Bones is a cool drink of water. Quenching a thirsty cry for untarnished rock music. At times Bone’s vocals sound hauntingly reminiscent of Joey Ramone possessing Ray Davies. Musically he punches with The Who’s solid driving attack, mixed with crisp power pop sensibility.

If that’s not enough to impress. Skilled beyond his craft, Bones wears a few caps, just as any savvy modern icon does.

“Bones mixes power-pop harmonies with American rock guitar, in a way distinctly his own.”

“Now based in LA, Adam Bones plays classic rock n’ roll the way it [is] supposed to be done.”

“Adam Bones’ EP Feel for Tomorrow packs all the promise of his energetic stage shows into five tunes that will keep you shakin’ to the beat. Bones, a Chicago native who is currently based in Hollywood, infuses his songs a harder, grungier sound than many so-called “power-pop” artists. His guitar takes center stage, turning each song into a finely-crafted mix of pop hooks and memorable riffs. Feel for Tomorrow begins on a tender, melodic note and then soars into guitar-heavy rock anthem territory. I Had You packs killer guitar riffs and gritty, baritone vocals make into 3 minutes and 55 seconds of pure musical energy. The song has such an upbeat, Romantics circa 1980 feel, I just wanted it to keep going…and going and going, sort of like the Energizer bunny.

Feel for Tomorrow is authentic rock ‘n’ roll that everyone can love; it’s good solid, foot-stomping fun. Some of the songs remind me a bit of fellow Chicagoans Urge Overkill, but then there’s the bluesy, hard rock approach of How Hard I Needed You.  If we still lived in the good ‘ole rock radio days, DJs would say that Bones’ music has crossover potential. He’s playing a Tuesday night residency at the Redwood Bar in downtown L.A. this month, and he’s played gigs with Sylvain Sylvain, Ari Shine, the Wellingtons and Chris Shiflett of the Foo Fighters.”

“Adam Bones just wants to RockNroll. It’s pretty pure ‘n’ simple: no indie impenetrability, no political agenda, no pain wracked histrionics, just guitars drums and solid songs…

The Adam Bones ep FEEL FOR TOMORROW packs five trax that neatly define the poppy songcraft and cranked Gibson crunch that Mr. Bones makes his stock-in-trade. Opening the set I Had You sets the bar with unapologetic lead guitar figures (there’s no buried in FX or sloppy wanking in any of the guitar parts on this disc, just classically inspired hook filled riffing) and a melody, lyric and performance that contain no hair-tearing angst, just mellow reminiscence mixed with a balls out sense of confidence in the future (think of, say, Bad Religion without the social commentary). Shouldn’t Love mixes hints of country music songcraft with Ramones-like directness and nice tight 2 part harmony. This is the kinda tune Roy Orbison excelled at (tho Roy woulda added some operatic high notes that we mere mortals can never reach). Feel for Tomorrow has bits that might conjure up The Byrds or the Beatles, and like all the tracks keeps those punchy rhythms and tightly focused guitar and vocal lines comin’ atcha, breaking it down and then up with a hard-chargin Who-ish rave-up. Closing out the set is the riff-rocking How Hard I Needed You.

As good a time as this crunchy set is on disc, it can’t hold a candle to the off-the-hook energy level this guy delivers onstage.”

“They (Adam Bones and Ari Shine about their tour together in Nov ‘09) do have catchy pop-rock and power-pop songs that range across a broad spectrum - from Big Star to Jet, the Ramones and Billy Joel - and the enthusiasm to make it work with just electric and/or acoustic guitars.”