“Since the four of us have reunited, we are having such a fun time revisiting the material we wrote.”
St. Louis-based metal juggernaut Bonehouse is back together after more than 25 years. The four-member outfit will come out from hibernation April 8, gracing the stage of Blueberry Hill’s Duck Room. The show will be a benefit for the Ryan Ellis Singor Foundation, which provides grants for college, local school music programs, and suicide prevention. This assistance is given to the children of suicide victims.
Having opened for bands like Firehouse and Dream Theatre, Bonehouse knows how to rock. The band self-released its debut LP, Order of Mayhem, in 1993 and became a staple on K-SHE’s Monday Night Metal. Now, Bonehouse has been resurrected for a worthy cause. Featuring Bill Audrain on vocals and guitar, Eric Powell on guitar, Dennis Williams on drums, and PLAYBACK:stl contributor Jim Ousley on bass, the group is gearing up for its return to the stage.
I had the opportunity to ask Audrain a few questions about the show, its cause, and more. Here’s what he had to say.
I understand Bonehouse is reuniting for this event. How long has it been since you’ve played together?
A whopping 22 years: since 1995! We’re all very excited to be playing together again.
Tell me more about the charity you’ll be raising funds for.
It’s called the Ryan Ellis Singor Foundation. Their goal is to have a day where the world has no suicide, offering comfort and support to those experiencing thoughts of suicide or who have lost a loved one through suicide. We advocate suicide prevention through awareness, professional counseling, and our firmly held belief that music can play a part in saving lives.
Suicide prevention is a tough subject. What made you choose this particular charity?
For many years, I was in a local cover band around town called Malcome Blitz [named after Malcolm Bliss State Hospital, a psychiatric institute open in St. Louis from 1938 to 1991] with Ryan Ellis, who was the lead vocalist. Sadly, Ryan chose to take his life and so many of us were devastated. Ryan’s family decided to start the Foundation in his honor to help prevent suicide. All of us in Bonehouse feel it is a great cause to raise money for and help this charity.
If people want to donate but cannot attend the show, where can they send their donation?
Go to the Foundation’s website, click the “donate” button, and follow the instructions.
How much of the funds raised go to the charity?
100% of all door/ticket sales will go to the RESF.
What can we expect at a Bonehouse show?
High-energy, melodic heavy metal with even a few slower tunes. Also, a much bigger and better production than we have ever done due to today’s technology.
Is this a one-time show, or does this mean Bonehouse will be playing again?
It is very possible that we will. Since the four of us have reunited, we are having such a fun time revisiting the material we wrote. It has brought us all together in such an amazing way. Personally, I hope we can continue, and maybe record some of the tunes that we never got around to recording. That would be a blast. | Marc Farr