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Although when he wrote, “We two form a multitude,” the Roman poet Ovid wasn’t talking about the UK band Rival Bones, he might as well have been. After all, the North West based duo play with such muscle, heart and nerve, they sound like a band that has far more than just two members.

But they don’t.

Comprised of James Whitehouse and Chris Thomason, Rival Bones are a band of such ferocity and truth, they bring to mind the sonic power of everyone from Audioslave to Queens of The Stone Age.

Coming together when Whitehouse was auditioning drummers for a five-piece combo in late 2014, when he heard Thomason play he decided to scratch that idea and approached him with the idea of forming a duo. Discovering they had a joint appetite for soaring riffs, explosive bass drums and emotive vocals, it was clear early on that Thomason and Whitehouse had the right idea—they were a self sufficient unit needing no additional members to stretch their aural wingspan.

Making their debut back in 2015 with the release of ‘You Know Who You Are’ RIVAL BONES began to receive airplay from BBC Introducing, Planet Rock, Kerrang Radio, Team Rock, Amazing Radio and Real XS. The band who thrive in a live setting, hit the road, playing their brand of hard hitting, heavy rock to an ever growing, enthusiastic fan-base across the UK. Followed up by ‘Robot Girl’ and ‘Lost Along the Way’ in 2016, Rival Bones began to establish themselves as one of the hottest rock bands to emerge from the North West in the last decade.

In 2017, the band released their self-titled EP. In spite of fervent interest from various labels they decided to sign with Ayla Records and immediately headed off to represent the UK for Sound City at Zandari Festival in Seoul. Upon their return the band were invited to support Frank Turners' Mongol Horde, Electric Six, Dead and Fizzy Blood at their respective shows in Manchester and were booked to perform at Sound City Liverpool, Live at Leeds and The Alternative Escape, as well as Amplified Festival, Long Division,Isle of Wight and opening INMUSIC Festival for Queens Of The Stone Age.

With an ever-growing fan-base, an impressive repertoire and a strong-driven desire for musical progress Rival Bones have established themselves as one of the most captivating international rock bands around.




Music forged in the fire of a sex party consisting of Mastodon, Queens of The Stone Age & Audioslave.
— Alex Baker // Kerrang
Rival Bones produce a nuanced and beautifully crafted wall of sound. This EP shows those new to this band why they really are heavy rock’s best kept secret. Hopefully, with music of this quality they won’t be staying in the shadows for very much longer. Special, special, special in every way. 9/10
— Roxy Gillespie // Louder Than War
With their eponymous EP, Liverpool-based duo Rival Bones display grittiness and swagger in equal measure. The four songs on offer show intent as their brand of bombastic hard rock thrives on mighty riffs, big choruses, rumbling drums and underlining groove.
— Already Heard
EP opener Want You Madly is the perfect introduction; this is what Bigfoot would sound like if he was in a rock band. It’s gritty and grinding, bristling with a fury that, with thanks to their polished, triumphant vocal melodies, never becomes overbearing.
— Phil Weller // Manchester Rocks