Milan/London experimental band Throw Down Bones have announced new album Three and sharing the new single and video ‘Loma’, their first new music in nearly five years.
A towering body of work that feels both apocalyptic and jubilant, Three is Throw Down Bones’ eagerly-awaited return following 2018’s Two and the tragic passing of founding member Dave Cocks in a motorcycle accident in 2019. The album is out 24 February on Fuzz Club.
Choosing to continue the band in honour of the late Cocks, in February 2020, surviving co-founder Vanni returned to London’s New River Studios with long-term collaborator and producer James Aparicio (Spiritualized, Liars, Nick Cave) and a new band in tow, made up of bassist Marion Andrau and drummer Raphael Mura. Working in the studio with the new band for the first time, several hours of improvised recordings were captured over the course of those early New River sessions, which were then expanded and pieced together between Aparicio in London and Vanni in Milan.
Ready to lacerate eardrums and send into a trance once more, the result is a 9-track album spanning feedback-blasted industrial psychedelia, heavy electronics, krautrock and dark ambient. Overcoming huge psychological and practical difficulties, ‘Three’ is a powerful and moving record in more ways than one – a post-industrial triumph that’s at once hedonistic, cathartic and poignant.
Describing ‘Three’ and its intentions, Vanni says: “This album tries to reverse the usual band-listener interaction. We hold no truth and we’re not willing to serve any universal answers to anything. Instead, we question the listener who, according to their experiences and sensitivity, will find a reply for themselves. That’s the role of instrumental music and why we love it so much. It brings the listener to the centre of the project, giving them an active role in translating music into meaning. Every single note in this album is dedicated to our brother Dave Cocks.”
Throw Down Bones’ Francesco Vanni says of the track: “Loma is named after Vasiliy Lomachenko, a Ukrainian boxer famous for his tight pace and unique style. It’s a song inspired by resilience and it digs deeply into our wild side and our most uncontrollable instincts. Personally, playing Loma live is like a redemption from the sufferings of recent years. Loma is a statement. Despite all the adversities, we continue. Despite all the adversities, we will come to your city to set it on fire. Get ready.”
It’s an aural assault from the opening beat and the intensity doesn’t let up. Pulling you deep into the track the potency of Throw Down Bones is stronger than ever.