The story of BONE GUNN is the story of Bryan Kane, its creative force. Bryan grew up “in the military” as he puts it, moving from town to town, school to school until finally landing in up-state New York for most of his adolescence. His musical youth was shaped by playing traditional Irish music at home and especially at family gatherings. At 16 his mother passed away, a truly defining moment in his life. Bryan went from being a calm drug-curious youth, to a substance-addled young adult over night. His father became estranged as his interest shifted to his new girlfriend, leaving Bryan to his own devices. Eventually Bryan was kicked out of his house, at only 17 years old, because of his drug use and outright disregard for authority (Bryan had, by this point, already been arrested once on suspicion of Arson, and later on suspicion of Murder).
Bryan’s independence, drinking, and supply of LSD led him to start an underage speakeasy for his friends and acquaintances alike. Live entertainment and hallucinogens for all! Bryan’s music became more and more furious along with his drinking and drug use. A police officer that Bryan had befriended warned him of the imminent downfall of the underground scene he had birthed and what the consequences could entail if he didn’t act quickly.
Bryan decided to take the money he had saved up to engage in some aimless travel with his guitar riding shotgun. As he traveled, the music that we hear in BONE GUNN today began to take form. The further Bryan got from home, and the further he got from drugs, the more eclectic the music became, forming a unique sound best described as “experimental folk.” Bryan however chooses to refer to it only as “Pop.” After an incident involving whisky, gasoline, Bryan’s car, a booger, and a cop’s badge, Bryan decided to take a sabbatical from drugs and booze. Soon after, he landed in Boston where he has been recording his songs. The live band, including Brian Penny (guitar) and Charles Kessenich (drums), has been together for nearly three years, with various other interim members filling the second guitar and bass positions. They have sold several thousand copies of their EP “From The Chain To The Sky.” Their first major tour brought them to Japan where they distributed their limited edition, self titled, Japan EP. Their latest release is a single for their song “Flies” and boasts five songs on an enhanced CD.
How do you describe your music to people, Bryan?
ministry meets paul simon covered in purple paint.
Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
my craft of writing songs was more of a birthright than something i got into. My father came from a family of 11 brothers and sisters who ALL play music.
What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
i wanted to be a modern day pirate.
In what way has your community impacted your development as a musician?
no real impact at all. unfortunately i am a bit of a recluse
What other artists out there do you love?
john doyle, slayer, lady ga ga, the locust, prince and so on and so on and so on......
What does your future hold?