Bolt Action Five

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Bolt Action Five
Origin United Kingdom London, England
Genres Industrial pop, dance-punk, new rave, post-hardcore
Years active 2006-2008
Labels Unsigned, singles released on No Pain In Pop (UK)
So Sweet (US/Japan)
Associated acts Danimal Kingdom, Fables, Kissy Sell Out Live
Website Official Website
Members Tobias J Hughes
Ian William Galloway
Dan "The Carnivore" Murtha
Mark Murphy

Bolt Action Five were a dance-punk/industrial band from London, England, composed of Tobias J Hughes, Ian William Galloway, Dan "The Carnivore" Murtha and Mark Murphy. They formed in early 2006 from a variety of different members and appeared repeatedly in Artrocker and PlayMusic magazines, as well as in NME, i-D, Disorder Magazine and various online music journals.

The band seemed to have difficulty describing their sound, variously categorising themselves as indie rock, electro, industrial pop, dance-punk, or electro-metal. In interviews they listed Devo, Nine Inch Nails, Wire, Prince and Michael Jackson as influences.

The band split on 26 March 2008 and are working on new projects. Ian William Galloway, Tobias Hughes and Mark Murphy went on to form the band Fables, and Dan Murtha performs as Danimal Kingdom, and performs live with Kissy Sell Out.


  • Tobias J Hughes – guitar
  • Dan "The Carnivore" Murtha – vocals, keyboards
  • Ian William Galloway – bass, keyboards, samplers, drum machines
  • Mark Murphy – keyboards, vocals, drum machines



Release Format Date Label Notes
"Tree Friend Tree Foe" Single March 2007 No Pain In Pop [UK] UK release – 500 copies on green vinyl
File Under WOLVES EP July 2007 So Sweet [US] US release – 200 copies of a 6-track EP
"Think Fast/Can The Freedom Regulate The Volume?" Single (A/AA) October 2007 This Is Fake DIY [UK] UK release – 500 copies on vinyl + digital download


  • "Spring Heeled Jack" – on Playmusic magazine compilation (October 2006)
  • "Gurl Howl" – on Artrocker magazine compilation (December 2006)
  • "Tree Friend Tree Foe" – on Japanese compilation (October 2007)
  • "Can The Freedom (Barringtone Remix)" – on Artrocker magazine compilation (December 2007)


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  • Artrocker, "The Friday Review," Issue 48, Page 22
  • Artrocker, "Soundcheck," Issue 4, Page 10
  • NME, "What's On The NME Stereo?," 30 March 2007
  • Zoo, "10 New Tracks," 30 March 2007
  • Drowned In Sound