Shower after watching BONES UK’s “I’m Afraid of Americans” video

Their cover of the David Bowie song gets a muddy 2019 revamp.

July 02, 2019

Before countless illegal fireworks go off on America's Independence Day, BONES UK wants to take a moment to remind everyone how frightening it can be to live in the States. Vocalist Rosie Bones, guitarist Carmen Vandenberg, and producer Filippo Cimatti revisit David Bowie's song that captures the collateral damage from the headstrong dedication Americans possess.


The British group, now residing in Los Angeles, explained the backstory on the song and video in an email: "We got asked to cover this song by a Mr. Howard Stern for his David Bowie tribute album. Lyrically obviously relevant in the current political climate…not all Americans are scary but ONE is f***ing terrifying. [The video is] like the seedy underbelly of the American dream. Obviously a bit pantomime and over the top. Not on an attack on American culture…we LOVE American culture….we’ve been living here for 2 years…but thought the ‘dark side’ would be an interesting thing to dip into and roll about in. We then dived into usually quiet two dimensional characters and explored their darker emotions and character traits and had some fun with that."

"I'm Afraid of Americans" will be available on their upcoming self-titled album on July 12 via Sumerian Records. You can pre-order it here. Catch BONES UK on tour in the states at one of the dates below.


Jul 21 - Foxborough, MA @ Gillette Stadium (Mad Decent Festival)
Jul 23 - Philadelphia, PA @ Milkboy
Jul 24 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose
Jul 25 - Buffalo, NY @ Canalside %
Jul 26 - Utica, NY @ Saranac Brewery %
Jul 27 - New York, NY @ Rooftop Concert Series at Pier 17 %
Jul 28 - Mt Pocono, PA @ Mount Airy Casino Resort %
Jul 30 - Boston, MA @ House of Blues %
Aug 03 - Auburn, WA @ Pain In The Grass 2019
Aug 04 - Hampton, NH @ Hampton Beach Casino %
Aug 06 - Dewey Beach, DE @ Bottle & Cork %
Aug 07 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club %
Oct 05 - Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Music Festival
% w/ The Struts

Photo: David Solorzano

Shower after watching BONES UK’s “I’m Afraid of Americans” video