Broken Bones (band)

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Broken Bones
OriginStoke On Trent, England
GenresHardcore punk, UK82, crossover thrash, crust punk
Years active1983–1987, 1989–1991, 1996–2010, 2012–present
LabelsDr. Strange Records, Fall Out, Black Konflik Records, Heavy Metal Records, RFB Recordings
Associated actsDischarge
MembersJeff "JJ" Janiak
Anthony "Bones" Roberts
Terrence "Tezz" Roberts
Dave Bridgwood
Past membersNick "Nobby" Dobson
Paul "Oddy" Hoddy
Darren "Baz" Burgress
Darren "Thrasher" Harris
Kirk Douthwaite
Karl Morris
Andy Dawson

Broken Bones are a hardcore punk band founded in 1983 and led by Anthony 'Bones' Roberts.[1] They evolved from the band Discharge, and later moved into a style known as crossover. They have released eight albums, three EPs and a number of singles.[2] The band has gone through a number of line-up changes over the years and have toured internationally.


Broken Bones are from Stoke-on-Trent, England and were formed by guitarist Anthony "Bones" Roberts in 1983 after he left Discharge.[3] The original lineup included Tony's twin brother Terence 'Tezz' Roberts (also ex-Discharge) on bass, Nick 'Nobby' Dobson on vocals and drummer Darren 'Bazz' Burgress. Their first single "Decapitated" was released in January 1984, with the follow-up single "Crucifix" released in May 1984.[2] Terry Roberts left the band to join U.K. Subs and Paul 'Oddy' Hoddy replaced him on bass.[1] This line-up signed to Fall Out Records and recorded the band's first album Dem Bones, produced by Mike Stone.[1] They toured around Europe and North America, mostly as support.[4] In Germany, the first two singles were gathered on the mini-album I. O. U...Nothing and released through Aggressive Rock Produktionen.[5]

During their North American tour, the band met James Hetfield and Scott Ian at their CBGB show in New York.[1] Upon their return to Britain, singer Nick Dobson had decided to remain in the US and Hoddy took over vocal duties, reducing the band to a trio. With this line-up the 'See Through My Eyes' single was recorded, produced by Colin Jerwood.[6] The songs were also included in the U.S.-only album Bonecrusher that was released through Combat Core Records (the rest featured on an unreleased EP).[7] Towards the end of 1985 Hoddy left to join Conflict, and Terry Roberts resumed bass playing duties. and the F.O.A.D. album was released. Eventually the band ground to a halt.

Later the band re-formed once more with the original line-up to record 'Trader In Death' ep, on the newly formed RFB recordings owned by Rab Fae Beith from UK Subs, a record the band cites as their best recording.

Bones re-formed 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 re-formed, with Bones on guitar, Quiv on vocals, Hoddy on bass and Dave on drums. They released their first studio album in eight 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 re-form 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 (who played on the F.O.A.D. album), Jeff "JJ" Janiak on vocals and Andy Dawson on drums, but Karl Morris and Andy left the band and Dave Bridgewood returned to the kit.


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.[8]


Dem Bones (1984 Fall Out Records)) (#5) Live at the 100 Club (1985 self-released)

Bonecrusher (1985 Combat Core) U.S. only release

F.O.A.D (1987 Fall Out Records)

Losing Control (1987 Heavy Metal Recordings)

Stitched Up (1991 Rough Justice)

Without Conscience (2001 Rhythm Vicar)

Time For Anger, Not Justice (2004 Dr. Strange Records)

Fuck You And All You Stand For (2009 Rodent Popsicle Records)


I..O..U....Nothing (1984 AG 0035 Aggressive Rock Produktionen) Germany

Trader in Death (1987 Heavy Metal Recordings) (#21)

Dead & Gone (2015 Punkerama/Breed)


"Decapitated" (1983 Fall Out Records) (#10)

"Crucifix" (1983 Fall Out Records) (#12)

"Seeing Through My Eyes" (1985 Fall Out Records) #6

"Never Say Die" (1986 Fall Out Records) #23

"Religion is Responsible" (1992 Heavy Metal Records)

"No One Survives" (2003 Dr. Strange Records)

"Death walks the streets" (2009 Dr. Strange Records)


Decapitated (1987 Fall Out Records)

Brain Dead (1992, Rough Justice)

Complete Singles (1996 Cleopatra Records)

Bone Club, The Very Best of (2010, Jungle Records)


  1. ^ a b c d Glasper, Ian (2014). Burning Britain: The History of UK Punk 1980–1984. Oakland (CA): PM Press. pp. 177–180. ISBN 9781604869897.
  2. ^ a b Broken Bones complete discography on Metal, (accessed 10 December 2014).
  3. ^ Dem Bones press-release on Jungle, (accessed, 10 December 2014).
  4. ^ Listing for Dem Bones on, (accessed 10 December 2014).
  5. ^ Listing for the I. O. U....Nothing mini-album on, (accessed 10 December 2014).
  6. ^ Listing for the See Through My Eyes single on, (accessed, 11 December 2014).
  7. ^ Listing of the Bonecrusher album on, (accessed 11 December 2014).
  8. ^ Lazell, Barry (1997). Indie Hits 1980-1999. Cherry Red Books. ISBN 0-9517206-9-4.