The Bonnevilles: Arrow Pierce My Heart

Northern Irish duo take their blues back to the garage.

The Bonnevilles Arrow Pierce My Heart album cover

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At this point in time, any two-piece peddling lo-fi blues rock is going to find themselves compared to the White Stripes and the Black Keys, and The Bonnevilles are no different.

But their sound is so wonderfully musty and distorted, it’s as if Jack and Meg had returned to their lock-up for the first time since their split to discover their amps almost completely devoured by moths.

Andrew McGibbon Jr (guitar/ vocals) and Chris McMullan (drums) are from Lurgan, Northern Ireland, but at heart they’re American. From the punky blues-rock clatter of The Electric Company and the slight, acoustic, last-meal lament of Eggs And Bread to the evocative Western instrumental Erotica Laguna Lurgana and the filthy howl of Learning To Cope, it’s a cultural exchange programme they pull off with panache.

It may sag a little in the middle, but when The Bonnevilles go full steam ahead, they’ll take you on a night out guaranteed to leave a layer of scum under your fingernails.

Emma has been writing about music for 25 years, and is a regular contributor to Classic Rock, Metal Hammer, Prog and Louder. During that time her words have also appeared in publications including Kerrang!, Melody Maker, Select, The Blues Magazine and many more. She is also a professional pedant and grammar nerd and has worked as a copy editor on everything from film titles through to high-end property magazines. In her spare time, when not at gigs, you’ll find her at her local stables hanging out with a bunch of extremely characterful horses.