2003 – 2011 (8 years)
In the winter of 2003 Black Bonzo was formed from the ashes of the 8-piece psychedelic rock group Gypsy Sons Of Magic. The first 6 month the band practiced 24 hours a day in their rehearsal room in Skellefteå, Sweden. They worked really hard trying to find a sound of their own and getting the mood right for the songs. Soon after that a demo was produced with 17 songs. This demo somehow reached the B&B Records office who liked the music so much that they signed Black Bonzo to their label.
In the begining of 2004 Black Bonzo started to record the debut album at the classic analog studio Rumble Road Studios, in Skellefteå. In late march the recording, mixing and mastering was finished and in July the record was released.
The album got good response from all over the world, and sold out the first pressing, within a couple of months, here in Sweden. Ward Records from Japan soon showed interest in the band and signed a licensing deal with B&B Records. In July 2005 the album was released in Japan.
The band really tries (and wants!) to be on the road as much as possible and has done some fantastic gigs, for Black Bonzo is a band you just must see live in order to fully understand the bands ambition and musical statement. If you want a taste of the live shows check out the music video for the song “Lady Of The Light”.
The spring is coming to an end and Black Bonzo is finished with the recording and mixing of the upcoming album “Sound Of The Apocalypse”, due to be released the 8th of june 2007. The new album was mixed at Tonteknik by Magnus Lindberg, and he has done a fantastic job. “It’s more adventurous, original and mysterious then you ever can imagine!” as the new bass player Anthon Johansson puts it. Patrick Leandersson, the former bassist, had to leave the band for personal reasons, the band wishes him well and all the luck!
Black Bonzo has matured and grown as a band. The seed that was planted with the debut album has now grown into a grand and complete tree.
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