Boneyard Coyotes @ Bar Toimisto Åbo, 05/10/2013
It's over a year ago that Sleaze Nation had visited a concert of Muddy Bones and reported about it. Since then, much has happened in the camp of the young Blues Rock'n'Rollers, especially the totally unexpected breakup of the band on 16th January 2013. "Muddy Bones has disbanded" remained the only comment about it. While frontman Pete Waters set up a new project with "Mary Celeste", the remaining band members of Muddy Bones - Lead guitarist Mr. Jones, guitarist Aladar, bassist Pietari (in Muddy Bones known as Blackdog) and drummer Joonatan (in Muddy Bones known as Joe) - formed "Boneyard Coyotes". And the coyotes don't lose any precious time on the way up: Next to gigs in various cities in their home country Finland, the quartet also have a music video to their name ("Friday The 13th"). Even the surprising departure of bassist Pietari in August 2013 doesn't derogate the ambitions of the band. And after tonight's gig, Mr. Jones - who not only serves the lead guitar in Boneyard Coyotes but also the microphone - is going to enlighten us about why Pietari was "happy to announce" his departure and more...
But first, we find ourselves in the crowded "Bar Toimisto", a pub in Finland's oldest city and former capital Åbo [in Finnish: Turku]. For Mr. Jones, this is not only the first gig in Åbo but also the very first time that he visits the fifth largest city in Finland. But for sightseeing, there isn't really any time since the Boneyard Coyotes just arrived from Eura where they had played a gig last night, and tonight, there is not only leaves falling from the trees in Åbo but also a lot of rain. After Mr. Jones has performed a few Finnish acoustic songs together with a young unknown lad, Aladar and Joonatan are joining the duo on stage - and the actual Boneyard Coyotes show begins...
Well, it must be said that at least tonight's show of Boneyard Coyotes consists of relatively many cover songs and, on top, it's partly the same reinterpretations which used to be performed on a regular basis during the good old Muddy Bones times: Hanoi Rocks' "Self Destruction Blues", Dogs D'Amour's "Drunk Like Me", Johnny Thunders' "I Wanna Be Loved", Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'", The Rolling Stones' "Jumpin' Jack Flash", The Doors' "Break On Through (To The Other Side)" and Hassisen kone's "Rappiolla" are in the setlist as well as a shortened version of the Ramones classic "Blitzkrieg Bop". "Friday The 13th" and "Now You're Gone" are two of the very few original compositions of the band from Träskända [in Finnish: Järvenpää]. At least today's audience seems to receive exactly that abundance of reinterpretations well: The familiar tones in combination with hard liquor make "Bar Toimisto" go wild. The humble sound bothers as little as the enormous amount of fog on stage or the technical problems which are leading to a temporary interruption of the show: One of Mr. Jones' guitar strings broke - but he neither has new strings nor a spare guitar at hand.
Probably, you shouldn't take tonight's event too seriously. It would only lead to the conclusion that Boneyard Coyotes are consisting of young and very talented musicians who even have a background in efficient marketing (In general, efficient marketing is rather an exception in Finland...) but are at the same time a product which is still at the early stage of development.
Not in the development phase but in the testing phase is the young unknown lad who shared the stage with the trio tonight: Sam Lazier is his name, as Mr. Jones tells us after the gig. Pietari was happy to leave the band because he never really enjoyed it to play the bass; he is actually a guitar player. And in this position, he is now active in the Rock'n'Roll band "Folly Molly" from Finland's capital Helsinki. So: No hard feelings. All's well that ends well.
Website of Boneyard Coyotes: https://www.facebook.com/BoneyardCoyotes
Author: Stefanie Singh / Photos: Adrian Nysand
Last Updated (Wednesday, 06 November 2013 08:49)