Bonafide New Album and UK Tour
We first saw Swedish rockers Bonafide when the inaugural Hard Rock Hell AOR Tour rolled into Glasgow back in March. And as introductions to bands go, it was a damned good one because it turned out to be one of our favourite rock performances of the year. No nonsense, straight shootin’ rock music. Just the way we like it! So we’re really happy that Pontus Snibb and the guys are heading back to the UK for a 14 date tour in March.
And the band will bring some new material to perform, as they will release new album Flames on 24 February. According to frontman Pontus Snibb, lead single Smoke & Fire sums up the bands’ attitude to things. “It’s a good song about bad practice. Lyrically it’s giving our peers a kick up the arse. It’s about bands that like dressing up more than they like writing songs. It’s more about how these guys look and how they act on stage. We’re the complete opposite. I mean, we look ok! But for Bonafide it’s all about the music and it always has been. It’s about substance over style.”
And that’s been the Bonafide mantra for almost a decade. In 2017 the band celebrates its 10th anniversary and the party won’t stop: 14 gigs in 14 days across the UK will reinforce a reputation built on brilliant live shows and great songwriting.
“We’ve made a lot of friends in the UK and outside of Sweden it’s the place we love best and are loved best,” added Snibb. “But we’re likeable guys! We love beer, we love curry and we love rock. Maybe that’s why the UK is a home from home for us and always has been.” Bonafide will be joined by Chase The Ace and fellow countrymen Killer Bee for what promises to be an adrenaline-fuelled spring break. And they’ll take the opportunity to fan the FLAMES by showcasing a slew of soul-tinged new tunes.
“The new album is a bit of a surprise where Bonafide is concerned,” added Snibb. “We actually have a gospel choir from southern Sweden singing on a few songs. There’s a classic Black Crowes kinda feel to some of the record. It’s rock and soul. And it’s something we’ve always wanted to do.”
Bonafide have always wanted to do it. And they’ve always done what they wanted. There’s no place for posturing. No semblance of selling out. No concessions and no corners cut. Just good, honest rock and roll.
“It doesn’t feel like this band has been going for a decade,” added Snibb. “On the first album I wrote and recorded everything myself and my only ambition was to get that record out. A lot of members have come and gone over the years and it’s been one hell of a ride. But I’m proud that Bonafide is still here. And still rocking.”
5 March O2 ABC2 Glasgow
6 March O2 Academy 2 Liverpool
7 March O2 Academy 2 Sheffield
8 March The Tivoli Buckley
9 March HRH AOR5 Pwllheli
10 March Fibbers York
11 March Yardbirds Grimsby
12 March O2 Academy 2 Birmingham
13 March O2 Academy 2 London
14 March O2 Academy 2 Oxford
15 March Rebellion Manchester
16 March Waterfront Norwich
17 March Think Tank Newcastle
18 March Bannermans Edinburgh
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