Broken Bones

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This article is about a musical group. For the Dokken album, see Broken Bones (album). For the medical condition, see Bone fracture.
Broken Bones
Origin Stoke On Trent England
Genres Crossover thrash, Hardcore punk, crust punk
Years active 1983–present
Labels Dr. Strange Records
Fall Out
Heavy Metal Records
RFB Recordings
Members JJ
Past members Nobby

Broken Bones are a Hardcore punk band with a distinct sound that is heavily influenced by other UKHC punk bands such as Discharge, and in later cases, crossover thrash.


Broken Bones are from England and were formed by guitarist Tony "Bones" Roberts in 1983 after he left Discharge. The original lineup was Tony's brother Tezz (also a former member of Discharge) on bass, Nobby as the vocalist and drummer Bazz. Their first single release was the January 1984 "Decapitated". The follow-up single "Crucifix" was released in May 1984. Tezz left the band to join U.K.Subs and friend and roadie Hoddy took over on bass. This new line-up recorded the band's first album "Dem Bones", and toured Europe & USA.

Hoddy then left to join Conflict, and Tezz resumed bass playing duties, and the F.O.A.D. album was released.

The band then had several line-up changes with Nobby leaving to live in America and Tezz once more departing. Hoddy returned to play bass and sing. The band released the "Seeing Thru My Eyes" ep with this 3-piece line-up. Eventually the band ground to a halt.

later the band reformed once more with the original line up to record 'trader in death' a record the band cites as their best recording.

Bones reformed the band with a new line up of Cliff on drums, Quiv on vocals and Darren "Thrasher" Harris (of Exit Condition) on bass. This is where the band took a more metal turn with their music, releasing "Losing Control". Two more albums were to follow with the 12 inch release "Religion is Responsible" and another album "Stitched Up". After these albums' release, the band's touring and recording fell into remission.

In 1996 Broken Bones reformed. Bones as on guitar, Quiv on vocal, Hoddy on bass and Dave on drums. They released their first studio album in 8 years, "Without Conscience" in 2001 and in 2004, they released "Time For Anger, Not Justice". Both albums bring the band back to their roots as they play the brand of hardcore they're most well known for. They still gig and tour regularly. They were the last band to play before 2006's ill-fated British Invasion concert in San Bernardino was shut down. They played their last show with this line up supporting the UK Subs in 2010.

In 2012 Broken Bones were to reform again, this time with original member Tezz Roberts back on bass, Bones on lead guitar and also returning to the group is Karl "Egghead" Morris of The Exploited, who played on the F.O.A.D. album. New to this line-up is Jeff "JJ" Janiak on vocals from fellow Stoke-on-Trent band "Wasted Life", and Andy Dawson of "Billyclub" on drums. The band has a world tour in the works followed by a new album. The rest is yet to come........ .


Broken Bones has been cited as an influence by some of today's most prominent punk, metal and hardcore acts such as Metallica, Anthrax, Hatebreed and many more. They have also been key in the development of thrash metal (and its offshoot, crossover thrash) as bands such as Slayer have cited them as being a key influence.


Chart placings shown are from the UK Indie Chart.[1]

  • 1983 Single "Decapitated" (#10)
  • 1983 Single "Crucifix" (#12)
  • 1984 Album "Dem Bones" (#5)
  • 1984 Album "I..O..U....Nothing"
  • 1985 Album "Live at the 100 Club"
  • 1985 Single "Seeing Through My Eyes" (#6)
  • 1985 Album "Bonecrusher" (U.S. only release)
  • 1986 Single "Never Say Die" (#23)
  • 1987 Album "F.O.A.D" studio/live album
  • 1987 Album "Trader in Death" (#21)
  • 1989 Album "Losing Control"
  • 1991 Album "Stiched Up"
  • 1992 Single "Religion is Responsible"
  • 2001 Album "Without Conscience"
  • 2003 Single "No One Survives"
  • 2004 Album "Time For Anger, Not Justice"
  • 2009 Single "Death walks the streets" EP
  • 2009 Album "Fuck You And All You Stand For"


  1. ^ Lazell, Barry (1997). Indie Hits 1980-1999. Cherry Red Books. ISBN 0-9517206-9-4.