Shadow Bones is the new project of Singer/songwriter Luke Williams and he has just released a debut album “In Another Time.” A veteran of over 20 years in the music industry with international chart success and music used globally, Luke wrote the songs during the Covid lockdown and it has resulted in a measured, reflective record. Tracks like “Better View” and “In Another Life” have Luke seemingly to look back on past encounters and relationships and how things could have been different. It’s an album that is well worth spending time on.
We chatted with Luke about the new project and some stories from his career.
Hi Luke! How’s everything going right now?
Hey! Everything is great. Busy planning and getting ready for 2023. Lots of new music and live full band appearances planned.
What classic album cover is your current mood?
Metallica Black album. Feeling Moody, haha.
Your wonderful debut album “In Another Life” is out this week. Can you let us know a bit about the writing and recording of the record?
Thank you very much. The album was written in lockdown one, a difficult time for all of us. It took me back to a dark time in the early days of my alcohol recovery that I had locked away until then. With everyone being in lockdown all the parts were recorded remotely at each musician’s home studios and sent to producer Harun Kotch to mix and master.
You’ve been making music for over 20 years – how did “Shadow Bones” become your newest incarnation?
Shadow Bones was never planned just initially born out of boredom being stuck at home. The music very quickly gained attention from the likes of BBC introducing and CLASH Magazine and it went from there.
If you could only listen to one record, what would it be?
A really hard question as there’s so many albums I can never get bored of. If I had to pick one I’d say Black Keys El Camino as I think that’s one of the most perfect albums ever.
Who were your musical influences growing up and how did they influence “In another Life”?
Quite often the music I actually listen to doesn’t influence the music I write. I’d say Tom Petty has been one of the biggest influences for ‘In another life.’
Last year you released an acoustic version of “100 Years” in support of Alcohol Change UK – how did that come about and why was it important for you to get involved?
Being 8 years sober myself this year I wanted to give something back to the people in early stages of their recovery. 100 years felt like the perfect song to help raise awareness and I think there’s a very clear message in the video.
I read that you were once asked to have a fight with Liam Gallagher at a photo shoot – what is the story behind that?
At the time Liam and I were both endorsed by Henri Lloyd jeans and it was a planned publicity stunt by the brand that never happened.
Will you be touring the record in the UK (and further afield)?
No plans of touring at the moment in 2023 but hopefully lots of festivals and live appearances with the band.
What would go on your signature pizza and what would it be called?
I used to work in a pizzeria years ago and we made a fajita pizza. It was a salsa base, with cajun chicken, red onions, peppers, sour cream and guacamole. Basically fajitas on a pizza.
What do you have planned for 2023?
I plan a busy 2023, with new music, festivals, gigs and hopefully some big supporters.