"A spooky slab of backwoods punk, mixed with medicine show huckster and old timey roots music. JCODS make deliciously devilish sounds. Something wicked coming this way. Highly recommended" - Folkcast
"That nailed it, good stuff. Left of field stomper. A wonderful fusion of trad, old timey, New Orleans Voodoo Queen and morris dancing, I think???" - Mike Harding / Mike Harding Folk Show
"The pulsating core of ‘Them Old Bones’, the debut album from Jo Carley and The Old Dry Skulls, takes pretty much all the preconceptions you might have and throws them out... There are dark warnings, powerful accusations, gritty observations and singular attitude... this is a musical heist that robs you of ordinary and replaces it with exceptional" - Folkwords
"London Junkyard Punk or Punk-yard London Junk?? Multi genre, non specific, absolutely great. Its brilliant!" - Punky Radio
So why title the album 'Them Old Bones’? It’s because the songs sound old, maybe they have always been there, just waiting to be dug up and played by the right kind of weird musicians. It is the bones of the bands musical ancestors but with a modern vibe and a punk twist. It’s about Revenge, Witchcraft, Road Trips, Bad Omens, The Occult, Ancient Spells, Hardship, Protest, Dancing and having a good time along the way.
Released in May 2017, the debut album ‘Them Old Bones’ was recorded at SPACE EKO EAST Studio in East London and produced by Alex McGowan (Urban Voodoo Machine, Wilko Johnson, Son of Dave, Jim Jones). “Working with Alex on the new songs has really helped open up our sound even more” Says Tim “It sounds exactly how we imagined it when writing the songs, really retro and vintage, like an old record from our treasured collection but with some amazing twists and turns. We really like the subtle dub elements he helped us incorporate into 'Nails and Needles' and 'Contemplate your moves', it’s like he could read our minds and deliver what we wanted. It has taken our bizarre country music to even more extremes".
released May 24, 2017
Recorded and Mixed by Alex McGowan at SPACE EKO EAST - LONDON
Produced by Jo and Tim Carley and Alex McGowan
Mastered at Metropolis by Andy 'hippy' Baldwin
Artwork by Jo and Tim Carley
Jo Carley - Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals, Washboard, Fiddle, Mandolin, Keyboards, Percussion
Tim Carley - Guitar, Kick Drum and HI-Hat, Banjo, Percussion, Vibra-slap, Piano, Backing Vocals, Stomps and Claps
Throwing Old Time Roots music, Ska and Punk into a backwoods still to make musical
The driving force is Tim’s One-man-band set-up with Kick-drum, hi-hat and guitar while Jo’s vocal delivery sounds like the leader of Satan's own gospel choir. This is made even more bewitching as she switches from fiddle to mandolin to washboard.