Interview: Mr. Bones

Mr. Bones
Mr. Bones is the lead vocalist of Mr. Bones and the Boneyard circus, a band that’s been making waves not just because of their talent, but also because they’re fun to watch, and they’re songs and lyrics tend to be dark, but, ah, happy. They’re one of my favorite local bands (I currently have three).
Here’s something from their MySpace page that will give you an idea of the kind of music they play:

“Loud and definitely in your face! Dark and twisty lyrics, set to raw and raucous, yet masterful music. Deliciously infectious grooves. Theatrical, with more than a hint of macabre drama. Welcome to Mr. Bones and the Boneyard Circus’ unique brand of musical madness and merry mayhem!

“Formed in mid-2009, the band belies and defies being the “new bones in the cemetery lot”. With their sheer musical talent, dedication, and creative edge, the band is destined to rock the tombstones off your graves. They cite Wednesday 13, Zombie Ghost Train, The Misfits, Korn, REPO! The Genetic Opera, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Alice Cooper, Sigur Ros, The Doors, Nirvana, Metallica, and Iron Maiden among their many loud and proud musical influences. Their sound is a fusion of ska, punk, and hard rock, with undertones of classic rock. The end-result of which can only be described as ‘PSYCHO-BILLY!'”
Listen to them here.

Do you believe in ghosts/ elementals? If yes, have you seen one (or more)? Can you tell us about it?

Yes I do! I saw an ORB and I shat my pants! Enough said!!

What’s the scariest place you’ve been to? Why was it scary? Did you end up experiencing anything supernatural there? Do you plan to go back?

My place. Why my place? I was playing hide and seek with my little sister. Weird thing was for some reason I had a video camera with me and I decided to record stuff! I caught a ghost. This ghost was following my little sister around, and we only saw this when we played it back. it looked like a figure lit from above with a flashlight. it wasnt scary but it was eerie. we ended up destroying the tape!!! please don’t haunt me, ghost, this is only an interview!!!
What’s the scariest ghost story you’ve heard?

Hmm.. don’t have any… There is a story about how my cousin had a wart on his toe, and how he kept pickin it with his teeth!!!!

How has your supernatural experiences (even if they come in the form of secondhand stories) influenced your work?

The fun of it! Love it! Thats what excites me, and I put that excitement into my work! I use it.. It scares me and that scare factor becomes my muse. The supernatural affects my work a lot. Most of my songs are about the undead. ALL of my songs actually.

What advice would you give someone who comes face to face with a ghost/elemental?

Life’s a grave, you gotta dig it! Ten four!


Yvette Natalie U. Tan is a multi-awarded author of horror fiction and the Agriculture section editor of Manila Bulletin.

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