London-bred band BONES UK released their highly anticipated self-titled debut album on July 12th via Sumerian Records. The duo of singer/guitarist Rosie Bones and guitarist Carmen Vandenberg saw their profile increase when legendary musician Jeff Beck invited them to tour with him and also work on his album ‘Loud Hailer’. Growing up in Italy, Carmen began playing violin at age five and took up the guitar after seeing a video of Jimi Hendrix performing at Woodstock. Classically trained in guitar from age six, she later ventured into blues and rock, eventually crossing paths with Rosie after playing a 2014 gig at a blues bar in England. “I went up to her afterward and we drank several bottles of whiskey, and we pretty much started playing together right away,” says Rosie. Born and raised in London, Rosie had gotten her start as a drummer but switched to guitar as a tool for her songwriting. “It’s always been all about the lyrics for me—using songs to tell stories and paint a picture, in a way that actually says something about the world,” she notes. Rosie also designs all the artwork for BONES UK, with the band working together to create each of their outrageously cinematic videos. Moving to L.A. in 2017, the band garnered strong favorable reviews as an exciting live act and wound up performing at major festivals like Lollapalooza and more recently, Austin City Limits, as well as touring with Stone Temple Pilots, Highly Suspect and The Cult.
B-Sides caught up with BONES UK during Austin City Limits to talk about their experiences at the festival, working with Jeff Beck, plans for new music and more. Check out the interview: