Unwrapped: Young Guns / Bones
Gus from Young Guns reveals how the single 'Bones' went through several changes before coming together in Thailand - and lending their album its title
"The song Bones very nearly didn’t exist at all. It was born out of a week and a half of solid partying after our producer Dan Weller gave us the keys to his studio in East London in an attempt to get the creative juices flowing (we were in the midst of a savage collective writer’s block at the time).
"The song evolved out of the 2nd half of the chorus, and the only melody I had for the whole song was the "I feel it in my bones" line. I used those lyrics and fleshed out the theme of the song from there – the idea that everything we need in life is already inside of us. It was written to be an ode to self empowerment, which seemed fitting given our struggle to step up and achieve a 2nd record to be proud of.
"It wasn’t until we got to Thailand, and just before I was about to start laying down vocals for that song, that I had a crisis of confidence and scrapped nearly everything I’d written. It just didn’t match lyrically how powerful I felt the music itself was. It didn’t feel right. I took an evening off and ended up re-writing a month’s worth of tinkering and tweaking in an hour or two. The feeling of relief when I finished those lyrics that night was overwhelming.
"The next day I tracked the vocals, and that night we drank rum and listened back to the song full volume in our Thai studio, and being there and listening the song done right was one of the best feelings I’ve ever had. Bones ended up being a real lynchpin for the album and even went on to give the record its name."