Bones (Young Guns album)

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Studio album by Young Guns
Released 3 February 2012 (UK)
September 4, 2012 (US)
Studio Karma Sound Studios, Thailand
Genre Alternative rock,[1] hard rock,[2] alternative metal[3]
Length 38:53
Label Live Forever (UK)
Wind-up (US)
Producer Dan Weller
Young Guns chronology
All Our Kings Are Dead
Ones and Zeros
Singles from Bones
  1. "Learn My Lesson"
    Released: 13 October 2011
  2. "Bones"
    Released: 6 February 2012
  3. "Dearly Departed"
    Released: 11 June 2012
  4. "Towers (On My Way)"
    Released: 27 August 2012
  5. "You Are Not (Lonely)"
    Released: 26 November 2012

Bones is the second studio album by English alternative rock band Young Guns. It was released on 3 February 2012[4] through Wind-up Records and PIAS Recordings. Five singles were released from the album, the most successful being the second (first single released in the US), "Bones", which topped the Billboard Active Rock charts in May 2013.

Writing and recording[edit]

The band's first album, All Our Kings Are Dead, was created largely as a method to continue touring, as the band felt they needed more than the few songs they had from their previous EP, the Mirrors EP. The releases were seen largely as a medium to support their live performances, the band's largest focus at the time. After touring with these two releases for more than two years, the band realized they had built up a considerable fanbase, and decided to write a second album.[5]

Recording for the album started in 2011.[6] The album was recorded at Karma Sound Studios in Thailand with the former SikTh guitarist Dan Weller.[1] Frontman Gustav Wood stated that the album thematically revolved around the concepts "finding inner strength" and the importance of "seizing the moment".[7] He cited the track "Brother in Arms" as a specific example of this, with it being written in regards to "enjoying being alive" during their time in Thailand recording the album.[8]

Release and promotion[edit]

Five singles were released from the album. The first single from the album, "Learn My Lesson", was first played on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 show on 13 October 2011 as his Hottest Record in the world,[9] and was made available for download shortly after.[10] In December 2011, a video was posted online for "Brother in Arms". On 2 January 2012, "Bones" received its first broadcast play on Daniel P Carter's Rock Show on Radio 1. On 21 May 2012, the music video for "Dearly Departed", was released, with the single itself being released on 11 June. "Towers (On My Way)" was released as a single on 27 August 2012. On 22 October 2012, the music video for "You Are Not" was released with the single itself released on 26 November.

The album charted at no. 19 in the U.K. Album Chart. The title track was used as one of the theme songs for Wrestlemania XXIX.


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 74/100[11]
Review scores
Source Rating
Thrash Hits 4/6 stars[12]
Alternative Music Hub 4.5/5 stars[13]
AllMusic 3/5 stars[3]
Sputnikmusic 3.5/5 stars[14]
Drowned in Sound 6/10 stars[15]
BBC positive[16]

Reception for the album was generally positive, with the album receiving an aggregate score of 74 out of a 100, out of 8 reviews, from Metacritic.[11] Allmusic awarded the album 3 stars with its review by Jon O'Brien stating "Bones is undeniably still a solid follow-up that should consolidate their second-tier status, but they'll have to change the record next time around if they want to move into U.K.'s alt-metal big league."[3]

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Young Guns.

No. Title Length
1. "I Was Born, I Have Lived, I Will Surely Die" 3:58
2. "Dearly Departed" 3:12
3. "Bones" 3:13
4. "Towers (On My Way)" 2:39
5. "Hymn for All I've Lost" 1:06
6. "You Are Not (Lonely)" 3:56
7. "Brother in Arms" 3:12
8. "Learn My Lesson" 3:20
9. "Everything Ends" 4:11
10. "Interlude" 1:39
11. "Headlights" 4:05
12. "Broadfields" 4:22





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  2. ^ Lentz, Andrew (27 February 2013). "Ben Jolliffe Of Young Guns: Shoot To Thrill". Drum Magazine. Retrieved 26 January 2015. Bones, a soaring melodic hard-rock album reminiscent of Snow Patrol with more sack, or a hungrier Coldplay. 
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  4. ^ "iTunes - Music - Bones by Young Guns". iTunes. Retrieved 26 December 2014. 
  5. ^ "Unsung Melody - I can feel it in my bones. An interview with Gustav Wood from Young Guns.". Retrieved 26 December 2014. 
  6. ^ Designmodo. "CultNoise Magazine". 
  7. ^ "EMURG Rock on the Range Special Interview Edition: Young Guns". 13 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "Young Guns frontman talks music and space". 
  9. ^ "BBC - Zane Lowe's Hottest Records blog: Hottest Record - Young Guns - Learn My Lesson". Retrieved 26 December 2014. 
  10. ^ "iTunes - Music - Learn My Lesson (Radio Edit) - Single by Young Guns". iTunes. Retrieved 26 December 2014. 
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  12. ^ David Keevill (9 February 2012). "Album: Young Guns - Bones". Thrash Hits. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  13. ^ Glenn Johnston (8 February 2012). "Album: Young Guns - Bones". Alternative Music Hub. Retrieved 8 February 2012. 
  14. ^ Davey Boy (9 February 2012). "Young Guns Bones". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 12 June 2014. 
  15. ^ Alex Yau (3 February 2012). "Album Review: Young Guns - Bones". Drowned In Sound. Retrieved 12 June 2014. 
  16. ^ Winwood, Ian. "Young Guns Bones Review". BBC. Retrieved 12 June 2014.