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Born Without Bones Discuss Earnest, Adventurous New LP

Born Without Bones guitarist Jonathan Brucato says 'Young at the Bend' "speaks to a time in one’s life at the cusp of change"

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Born Without Bones are preparing the release of their new LP Young At The Bend, due May 12th on the band’s own Devil You Know Records. Young At The Bend finds the band exploring an array of styles in the alternative, indie and punk spectrum. The Milford, Massachusetts trio uses its sense of melody and sincerity to unite its eclectic sound. Born Without Bones consists of vocalist/guitarist Scott Ayotte, guitarist Jonathan Brucato and bassist Jim Creighton. Young At The Bend is the band’s third album.

Listen to Born Without Bones’ new single ‘Muscle’ here and read an email interview with guitarist Jonathan Brucato below:


Culture Creature: What would you say are the primary themes of Young At The Bend?

Jonathan Brucato: Young At The Bend speaks to a time in one’s life at the cusp of change: the moments leading up to a shift in life and dealing with the afterward. Lyrically, themes bounce between death of loved ones, financial burden, coping with evolving relationships and some of the new forms of stress and exhaustion we discover as we get older. Much of the record is a departure from ideas of love and heartbreak, focusing more on personal growth.

How did Born Without Bones evolve on this album?

Making this record was a truly collaborative process for the first time in the band’s history, having originally been a solo effort from Scott. Everything from the songwriting, to themes, to art direction has a little bit of the three of us in it. Our previous record, Baby, was written and recorded a few years ago. Since then, we’ve really grown close to one another musically and personally. I feel like the time we’ve spent together since has built a trust and a level of comfort that allowed us to explore a lot of different ideas with this record. We’ve grown and aged together and I think the album is a great representation of that passing of time.

The album explores a variety of stylistic influences. How conscious are you of that during the writing process?

When we’re getting together to work on something new, we never really discuss what we’re trying to achieve, style wise. We’ll start with a riff or an idea or some words and build upon them and if we’re feeling a good vibe from it, we’ll keep going. Sometimes ideas get shelved and come back (months) later, sometimes they die on the cutting room floor. There’s a comfort in knowing that we all have similar interests in (music, art, film, etc) so most of the ideas we bring to the table have a certain familiarity to them. The songs on Young At the Bend are definitely inspired by a range of influences, but having boiled them down from a pile of ideas, we feel like they build a deliberate theme.

What’s one element of a song that has to be just right in order for you to be satisfied with it?

Structure aside, we’re satisfied with a song as long as it feels genuine. The goal is to make sure that we have a good time performing it, that it feels honest and that it doesn’t seem rigid. We’re definitely hyper-attentive to the rhythm section in the writing process, so once that feels good, we’re happy.

What is one thing from Milford (local food, slang term, etc) that everyone in the world should adopt?

Oliva’s Market famous B.O.G. Italian subs

What album have you listened to more than any other?

It’s a toss-up between Ryan Adams and The Cardinals’ III/IV and Third Eye Blind self-titled.

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