By: Harrison Giza
I’ll get right to the point. Born Without Bones fucking rule. The first time I heard Baby, their latest batch of pop punk pleasure, I felt like a ten-year-old listening to Dookie for the first time. I was all by myself, alone in my room, pretending to play along with each power chord that slipped into my eardrums.
The group consists of four guys – Scott Ayotte (guitar and vocals), Jonathan Brucato (guitar), Jim Creighton (bass), Burton Wright (drums). Each one of them has taste, talent, and a deep admiration for Rage Against the Machine, which is as adorable as it is humbling. Sure, they play pop punk, but unlike the hordes of punk pretentious who claim to know “what really punk is,” Born Without Bones embrace each nook and cranny of their past and possibly-embarrassing favorite bands (Matchbox 20 and John Mayer included). They are a group that is unafraid of doing what they want. That’s why they’ll only grow bigger.
Each track they make fails to disappoint. “Cheap Fun,” the fourth track off Baby, is so goddamn good that I just have to say how good it is. Wright’s drumming is pre-acid Bonham, violent and drooling for more chances to pound that snare into the ground. The guitar and bass are A-lister status, hooking you in like the forty-ounce friends Ayotte screams about.
I got to talk to the band just a few weeks ago. After the interview, I could feel the amount of appreciation they have for their fans, knew the care they put into their music, and a sense that even they know how good they are. Do yourself a favor and listen to what they have to say.
HG: So many pop-punk bands sound like they’re TRYING to emulate their heroes. Baby is a breath of fresh air in that regard. How did the album go from idea to a reality?
Scott: With Say Hello, I was really trying to emulate pop punk bands. Once we got to Baby, as a songwriter, I was going back to the bands that initially got me excited about music; not the stuff that all of my friends liked at the time. I wrote a lot of songs at my dad’s house, really late at night, over the course of two years. It just came out of that.
Jonathan: We just did what felt right to us at the time. Baby was one of the most exhausting thing we’ve ever done, together and individually. Everything was an uphill struggle and I think it really comes out in the sound.
Jim: We don’t really feel like a pop punk band. It didn’t feel that way to me when I started out in this band. The three of us went into a rehearsal space in Charlestown, MA, practiced a ton and just worked it out.
HG: Who are your biggest influences? Who made you want to play music?