Bones Ate Arfa: Unleashing psychedelic street punk with debut EP ‘Akimbo People’

"Akimbo People is about losing the closest person to you and having to distance yourself from them in order to grow"
20 June 2024
Photo by @_beccaconn_

UK’s psychedelic street punk and desert rock trio, Bones Ate Arfa, are set to make waves with their debut EP scheduled for release on August 1st, accompanied by the title track Akimbo People.

Led by frontman Arfa, known for collaborations with Isaac Holman (Soft Play) and Kate Nash, Bones Ate Arfa have carved out a niche with their gritty sound and dynamic live performances. Their stature on social media platforms like TikTok has opened doors to high-profile connections – bands like Bad Nerves and solo artist LOU, and even respected acts Royal Blood and Tigercub have taken notice. Early support from BBC Radio 6 Music and Radio X further solidifies their growing influence in the UK music scene.

Akimbo People, the latest single from Bones Ate Arfa, serves up a thrill ride of crushing guitar tones, uplifting vocal melodies, and an electrifying energy that’s impossible to shake. Rough-hewn guitars collide with raw, unfettered energy in this adrenaline shot of a track. Snarling bass and pugnacious drums buttress the dual guitar attack, bringing to mind the headbanging halcyon days of Royal Blood and Queens Of The Stone Age, if those legends were reimagined for the current unrest. With vocals that veer wildly from eerie, atmospheric whispers to anthemic, gut-punching hooks, Arfa masterminds an alt-rock soundtrack that’s equal parts mystique and dynamism.

The band explain: “Akimbo People is about losing the closest person to you and having to distance yourself from them in order to grow. We recorded all the instruments at home, which we feel adds a raw, garage-band vibe to the track. The EP as a whole explores the unpredictable nature of relationships, with the title track perfectly embodying our sound and the themes of the project.”

Imagine reaching a point where the people who know you best are also the ones holding you back. Akimbo People is about mustering the courage to take a step back, recharge, and ultimately become the best version of yourself. We brought the recording studio to our living room, soaking up the ragged charm of a DIY session that seeped into every note. Relationships are unpredictable, and our EP is no exception – just listen to the title track, which sums up our vibe perfectly.

Art by @not_arfa & @sonny__w

As they storm the southeastern UK gig circuit, this trio of musical forces – Bones on guitar, 8 on drums, and Arfa holding down vocals and bass – unleashes a kinetic explosion of sound that sets crowds abuzz. With their debut EP fresh off the press, Bones Ate Arfa is revving up for a barnstorming UK tour this August. By all accounts, this trailblazing quartet is the real deal – their fervent live shows validate the hype surrounding their burgeoning fame.

Ready or not, Bones Ate Arfa is set to shatter conventions with their audacious blend of psychedelic vibes and raw street punk energy, igniting a firestorm of excitement in the hearts of rock enthusiasts.

Upcoming Live Dates:

9/7: Daltons, Brighton (supporting Bug)

11/7: Rossi Bar, Brighton

18/7: BBC Sussex & Surrey: Introducing Live Lounge

21/7: The Dublin Castle, London (supporting Off Judy)

26/7: The Hope & Ruin, Brighton (supporting Spill)

27/7: Burger Jam Festival, Hastings (supporting Hotwax, Snayx, Clt Drp, Snake Eyes, Mannequin Death Squad)

Akimbo People South UK Tour:

1/8: Wedgwood Rooms, Portsmouth

5/8: The Exchange, Bristol

8/8: Sound Records, Stroud

9/8: Lakefest Festival: Road to Lakefest stage (TO BE CONFIRMED)

10/8: Daltons, Brighton (supporting Dread FM)

11/8: Lakefest Festival: Second stage (TO BE CONFIRMED)

14/8: The Dublin Castle, London

15/8: The Purple Turtle, Reading (supporting Peter & The Test Tube Babies)

21/8: The Forum Basement/The Sussex Arms, Tunbridge Wells

22/8: (Venue to be confirmed), Eastbourne

23/8: Green Door Store, Brighton

4/10: Shacklewell Arms, London

5/10: Daltons, Brighton