Some people need to create in order to remain sane and BONE ZENO confesses he is one of those lost souls who will need to drain the beastly venom of hyperactivity from his veins until the Devil needs an overcoat. An animal of instinct, he tunes into a higher power allowing creativity to flow and mutate into the plethora of musical styles that can be found in his recordings and live performances. Born in the 1970s, BONE ZENO is one of the Last Mohicans: a bastard child of Hippiedom and Punk Anarchy, bringing their message to present and future generations.
This nomadic musician considers himself a Londoner, but has rested his head on many a dirty pillow. His one track mind concentrating on the creation of music that embodies his spirit, he takes inspiration from an array of surprising stimuli. Arab rhythms played in a Marakesh cab ride, bustling traffic and his own footsteps pounding down the Reeperbahn, the energy of rage in his Slayer records... all these coagulate as a
cacophonous soup poured into primitive mobile phone recordings, to later be dissected and repeated over and over until the shambolic storm of self-hate and love is refined and tamed into something that sounds like him and no-one else.
Moody and alone, but not a loner, BONE ZENO is usually a solo act. In 2016, however, BONE ZENO was signed to Berlin music label Impression,
a move that conducted the static cloud that was his European tour (see also: homelessness) and discharged it in the form of his first album, BLACK MILK, recorded at Impression’s studio with three guest musicians. The title and indeed musical content of BLACK MILK has so much poetic vibration, he explains: “You don’t see the light if there is no dark”.
BLACK MILK will be available on vinyl and digital via Impression and record stores all over this part of the universe in spring 2017 to coincide with a European Tour.
Written by Emma Sayers