Melding varied rock styles, the husband-and-wife team released its debut album earlier this year, inspired by their northern Michigan surrounding. The back story at Local Spins.
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If The Black Keys, Nirvana and The Beach Boys had a love child, it would be the Petoskey-based duo The Shouting Bones.
The band featuring husband and wife Eric and Holly Jaqua only really got its start performing publicly this year. However, short tenure or not, the band has already had a successful Kickstarter and debut album release.
The Shouting Bones individually also have a long history in the Michigan music scene. Eric comprises one-half of The Pistil Whips and several other previous bands including Hipps and Ricco. Holly has performed as a soloist and with another previous project that she dubbed Piss Baby.
“I basically just started showing up to all of Eric’s gigs and wouldn’t leave him alone. Before you knew it we were playing together and it got to the point that I was just naturally joining him and we became a band of sorts,” Holly said.
“It then got to the point that we were booking gigs as this arrangement and The Shouting Bones were born.”
The duo got married over the summer and their love for one another is prevalent both on stage and in their music and lyrics.
One of the tracks, “Already Home,” seems to pay homage to their newfound love and marriage but also their love and admiration for northern Michigan.
In one of the verses, the duo sings: “I learned a lot about love. I learned a lot about life, living and growing up in northern Michigan. I look to my backyard for inspiration.”
They describe themselves and their album as an “acoustic spaghetti Western romance.” Their 13-track debut album, “I’m Gonna Be the One Who Holds You While You Die,” is full of songs about love, but also heartache. The duo also described the album as a “sort of indie-rock mutt.”
VIDEO: “Marble Stone,” The Shouting Bones
“I think it’s a little bit of everything. We have songs on here we wrote when we weren’t together and some we have written as a couple,” said Holly.
Added Eric: “There is a lot in here. Holly’s song, ‘Omaha,’ has a kind of Western feel, and ‘Marble Stone’ is a very kind of melancholy surf-rock tune. But then there are some more acoustic things, too.”
THE ‘REP YOUR SET’ PODCAST AND MORE PERFORMANCES
The duo wrote, recorded and mastered the album in their home and spent most of the spring cranking it out to have it down by the Blissfest Music Festival in July.
“That was one of our first big things,” said Eric.
“We only really started performing out this year together and Blissfest was one of our first big gigs so it was important for us to have this ready, and we did.”
Since Blissfest and the album-release on July 6, The Shouting Bones have performed across Northern Michigan and have been also working on a podcast called, “Rep Your Set.”
The podcast airs about once a week and features the duo and different area artists, musicians and creative types. They also have a special community calendar podcast that promotes musicians’ gigs and upcoming performances.
The Shouting Bones’ album currently is available on all major streaming services including Apple Music and Spotify.
The duo plays Red Mesa in Boyne City from 6-9 p.m. Dec. 13 and the Noggin Room in Petoskey from 7-10 p.m. Dec. 28. Learn more about the band at facebook.com/shoutingbones.
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