Gem Bones was formed in the the childhood bedroom of bassist Elizabeth Stacey after singer/guitarist Barrie Wilson (ex-Milk White White Teeth) moved to Australia from his home in the UK. His first stop in his new country was Elizabeth’s parents house in rural Western Australia. The remoteness and dislocation he felt during this time gave Wilson the creative energy to start writing and recording songs for a new musical project.
The brief was thus; the songs were to be short, direct and danceable. Drawing from influences such as Tom Tom Club and The Velvet Underground, a move to Melbourne allowed the band to expand beyond the bedroom – and with the inclusion of drummer James Trewenack – expand their sound. Between playing shows in and around Melbourne, as well as the occasional West Australian appearance, Gem Bones are currently recording their debut EP due for release in the spring of 2016.
Gem Bones will be joined by The Girl Fridas, Peach Happening and Only Leonie.