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Behold, A Pale Horse Out August 5th
“Mystery Babylon Balloon” MP3 Drops
w/ NYLON Today!
"Think Santigold covering Space’s “Female of the Species”–only with way better hair."
Singer, songwriter, producer and boundary-breaking artist Ebony Bones
—whose stage name was coined by punk rock icon Rat Scabies
, drummer of The Damned— developed a love for music at an early age. Spending time in her father’s music stall in Brixton Market, her musical education began with artists like Brian Eno and Quincy Jones, and her influences grew to include everyone from Siouxie Soux and The Slits to Fela Kuti and Public Enemy. Armed with her own mature and captivating sound and a strong DIY ethic, Ebony will release her sophomore album, Behold, A Pale Horse
, on August 5th
Album track “Mystery Babylon Balloon” buzzes with electric energy, featuring Ebony’s commanding vocals above rich layers of guitars and strings. For a sneak peek at Ebony’s sophomore release, you can download the “Mystery Babylon Balloon” MP3
where it premiered with NYLON
today or HERE
, and we encourage you to post & share!
Divided into Parts I and II, Behold, A Pale Horse
opens with the album’s striking title track, which features harmonious chants from the Symphony Orchestra of India
along with deep, bellowing strings and frenzied percussion. Part I, Born In Flames
, continues with “I See I Say
,” which sets an air of mystery and intrigue with a foundation of effected vocals playing on a continuous loop throughout. “While The People S.L.E.E.P.
” is a high-energy cut led by quick-paced, melodic verses and a tribal beat. Part II, When The Battle’s Lost & Won
, features the instrumental “Bread & Circus
,” with a prominent guitar melody accompanied by handclaps and cowbell, and bonus track “W.A.R.R.I.O.R.
,” characterized by a call and response between Ebony’s powerful vocals and a buzzing electric guitar.
Motivated by her desire to “reach her full potential and inspire others to do the same,” Ebony’s music is filled with strength and courage. “In the end,” she believes, “it doesn’t serve the world to play small.”
Advance review copies of Behold, A Pale Horse are available upon request.
Ebony Bones will be in the US for all of August, w/tour dates coming soon. For more information, give us a shout!
Dana Cooper, Dana@girlie.com
, 212-989-2222 x125
Jessica Savage, Savage@girlie.com
, 212-989-2222 x117
“Its about having the courage to step outside the circumference of what you were expected to be in life. Becoming your own hero" says Ebony Bones, a producer, singer, songwriter and musical law onto herself. Informed by such diverse artists as PiL, Siouxie Soux, Fela Kuti, The Slits, Gang Of Four, Parliament, Public Enemy and X-Ray Specs - her introduction to music came as a young girl selling music in Brixton Market on her father's music stall."I mainly sat there listening to anything i could get my hands on. I became quite obsessed with production and the producers behind some of the artist's I loved like Brian Eno, Quincy Jones, Butch Vig, Nile Rodgers etc - these were my childhood heroes."Read all
Born into Thatcher's Britain in the early 80s, the whole United Kingdom was affected by a recession, but the local African-Caribbean community was suffering particularly higher than average unemployment and poor housing with high crime rates. The Clash’s “Guns of Brixton” anthem pre-dates the Brixton uprising with fires and riots, but perfectly captures the growing mood of discontent and anger on the streets. "Born In Flames, is Part 1 of the new album. The title references my introduction to the world as I saw it. Also happens to be one of my favorite 80's sci-fi films."
Music, Theater and Art became an escape, eventually winning a place at the renowned Sylvia Young Theatre School where she studied dance, musical theatre and drama alongside classmate Amy WInehouse. "There was alot of jazz-hands going on there, which I had a huge issue with at first - but I was determined to soak everything up and fit as much information into my brain as possible. They were brutally honest at the school, I remember the day one of my teachers stressed that only 2% of the class would ever go onto have a career in entertainment, if we were lucky." Her lucky break would come in the form of Tony award winning actor Mark Rylance, who as Director of The Shakespeare Globe cast Ebony in his production of Macbeth starring Jane Horrocks, and at age 16 she turned to the small screen starring in the UK television show Family Affairs. A successful acting career beckoned and, for a while, seemed to be Ebony's destined path. "Growing up in the UK I saw a huge deficit of people of color on television, so I was happy to star in the show, however I never stopped writing music"
It was during this time a chance meeting with punk rock icon Rat Scabbies drummer of The Damned, would give Ebony's resolve to be an artist a little boost.
"Somehow he had heard a demo I had made in my kitchen called 'No Blacks, No Irish, No Dogs' which sampled Delta 5's Mind Your Own Business. He loved it, but said I needed a name and named me Ebony Bones. He became my live drummer and encouraged me to learn how to produce music, write my own tracks and always stressed the importance of self-reliance ..or DIY as he'd put it." Ebony worked-up a series of four self-produced tracks onto a demo including 'We Know All About U' which became her calling card to the music industry. An addictive melting-pot of post-punk, indie-disco and electronica, Ebony only pressed 500 7inch vinyl copies of “We Know All About U ” but that was enough for her to go on and win the instant support of DJs and the media seemingly everywhere – becoming Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 "Hottest Record in The World"
Supporting such acts as The Slits, requested by Cee Lo Green as the opening act for his European Tour, as well as Damon Albarn's Africa Express and co-writing on Amadou & Mariam's Grammy nominated album Folila - Ebony Bones stepped up the production, heading from Brixton to Bombay to record alongside members of The Symphony Orchestra of India, and began work on her sophomore album 'Behold, A Pale Horse'
"There's a constant battle in my mind, I've had it since a child. I'm constantly questioning my surroundings aswell as myself. Working out my place in the world. Its these questions that shape my work." Recorded in India and London 'Behold A Pale Horse' features members of The Symphony Orchestra Of India' , The Bombay Dub Orchestra aswell as local Mumbai musicians. "I could never have worked with a Symphony Orchestra 5 years ago, I didnt have the maturity as a producer or arranger, or emotionally working alongside others in a city like Mumbai where I knew no one. But it was magical, India is home to some of the best musicians in the world"
Split into two 'Acts' Part 2 of 'Behold A Pale Horse': 'When The Battle's Lost & Won' is a reference to Shakespeare's Macbeth - and her introduction to the stage as a young actress alongside Mark Rylance, whom she credits for her theatrical live shows. Returning to England to work alongside The New London Children's Choir for her rendition of The Smith's 'What Difference Does It Make', Ebony collaborated with artist Mechanical Elephant and NYC directors Julia Delia and Julie Pacino for the video of 'Bread & Circus, remixed by Liquid Liquid's Sal P.
I strongly believe that one of life's purposes is to reach your full potential and inspire others to do the same. I challenge myself by stepping outside my circumference, because in the end it doesn't serve the world to play small.