Izzi Ray, The Workday Release, Molly Kate Kestner
When British Christian rock outfit Delirious?
disbanded in 2009, lead singer Martin Smith
went solo, releasing a handful of EPs. After performing with Jonny Bird
(guitar), Steve Evans
(bass), Sarah Bird
(keys), and Reuben Harsant
(drums) on his solo releases, Smith
brought them all together in 2015 to form Army of Bones
. Keen to shed the unfortunate image that is associated with worship bands, the group decided to keep the faith message in the background, and instead let the music do the talking. Taking inspiration from the likes of Depeche Mode
, and Smith
’s previous band, the group entered the studio at the end of 2015 to start recording their debut single. The resulting Batteries appeared in the December, with group announcing a short U.K. to support the release at the beginning of 2016. Continuing to record and mix new material, the group headed to the U.S. for a handful of dates, before returning to the U.K. to put the final touches to what would become their debut full length. Their self-titled album appeared at the beginning of 2017.