Graveyard Plays Tonight on the Mohawk Outside Stage
I, your Austin Music Minute maven Laurie Gallardo, usually try to warn listeners ahead of time if the featured band in the Austin Music Minute is going to be a tad…heavy. It’s simply common courtesy. I get it. The louder rock is not a common occurrence on AMM, and if it is on, you can imagine hearing it at 7:49 a.m. during NPR’s Morning Edition. That’ll jolt you awake faster than coffee.
Not everyone is addicted to the heavier rock sounds that may not be for the faint of heart. For those of us who do like it, chances are most of that appreciation stems from a deep love of heavy-duty classic sounds via 1969 or very early ‘70s. That’s the vibe that initially drew me to Graveyard.
The Swedish quartet released a self-titled debut album in 2007, and were immediately lauded for their doom/stoner/metal sound while simultaneously taking cues from folk and blues, styles decidedly less hard than would be expected. There’s an even stronger blues influence on last year’s aptly-titled release, Hisingen Blues. They carry a rather potent psych-rock torch with slightly distorted grooves – rock ‘n’ roll soaring up to mythical heights, as their distinguished predecessors did back in the day. There’s no denying that Graveyard isn’t reinventing the wheel, but there’s also no denying that they do what they do quite well.
Graveyard is in Austin for a show tonight at the Mohawk, 912 Red River, on the outside stage. The bill is great all around with Radio Moscow and Eagle Claw. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the music starts at 7:30 p.m. Recommended. And bring the earplugs. Mad love for the heavy-duty rock.