Break It Down: Graveyard
Fri, 15 Feb 2008 15:44:04
The Swedish psyhc-rockers of Graveyard are helping to keep the sounds of classic rock fresh for a new generation with their mix of blues, psychedelic and folk. Signed to Teepee Records after playing only three gigs together, the band tap into the pure spirit of rock n' roll with gusty riffs and soaring solos. The music is the perfect compliment to singer Joakim Nilsson's emotive howl, and the band plays with a cohesion far beyond their years. We tracked down Nillsson and drummer Axel Sjöberg on the eve of their self titled debut release for our Break It Down feature, and they prove that certain aspects of rock will outlive us all.
What have you been listening to lately?
José González and Black Sabbath. We’ve also be spinning Neil Young's On the Beach in our rehearsal room a lot. But we haven't been listening to that much lately, since we’ve been playin' and tourin' a lot this fall.
Where’s your favorite place to chill?
Our rehearsal place, and 2a Långgatan – a street back here in Gothenburg, Sweden.
What’s the most dramatic thing you ever did to save money as a starving musician?
We’re not that dramatic most of the time, but sometimes you do real stupid stuff that ain’t fit for printing.
Tell us one of your favorite song lyrics?
"Revolution Blues" by Neil Young from On the Beach.
Well, we live in a trailer
at the edge of town
You never see us
'cause we don't come around
We got twenty five rifles
just to keep
the population down
What is your most cherished musical instrument or accessory?
Well, I guess you’re always quite fond of your newest instrument, and the ones that you've had for a really long time. In other words the guitarists like their guitars, the drummer his drums, and so on.
If you could change one thing about the music industry today what would it be?
We’d wish for the CD to go away and vinyl to come back big time. It’s good that new music is really easy to discover today, but it’d be nice if people also bought new music at the same time.
What never goes out of style?
Beer and cigarettes.
What’s the theme song to your life?
"Born Under A Bad Sign" – Albert King.
What movies, artists, authors or athletes inspire you the most?
Douglas Coupland, HP Lovecraft, David Lynch, Kubrick, the Coen Brothers, old horror movies, Fritz the Cat. There are so many things to be inspired from. It can vary so much from day to day.
What's your favorite way to stay in shape?
We don’t stay in shape. We stay out of shape and get fixed at the hospital.
What non-musician would you most like to meet?
Jonatan & Rikard are single, so they would like to meet some nice women.
What's your biggest guilty pleasure?
We’re never guilty, always innocent, and so are our pleasures. The things that seem to please most people in life: sex, drugs & rock n rollhahaha.
Are you on MySpace?
Yes we are. Actually, that’s how we got in contact with TeePee records at first. Feel free to drop by and listen www.myspace.com/graveyardsongs.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff