we´re happy to have the Graveltones back in the club! Recent show was so good we had to book em again !
The proportion of the world's population that haven't heard of the Graveltones is shrinking rapidly with every passing day. As I write, the band nominated for 'Best New Band' at the 2013 Classic Rock Awards have just returned from a gargantuan and triumphant tour of Northern Europe, and are now busy getting stuck in to writing their second studio album after the success of their first thunderous offering, 'Don't Wait Down'. Where on earth did these guys spring from?
Picture this (preferably whilst cueing up some Gravel-tunes...)
Two boys from two towns in Australia run away to London, each in search of a channel for their immense musical talents. A chance meeting on London's famous Tin Pan Alley, where the likes of The Rolling Stones and The Sex Pistols were part of the furniture back in the day, brings them together into a music studio for an exploratory Jam session... No-one knows what happened in that room on that day, but the world, or at least most of central London certainly heard what happened next: three days later, the pair were tearing the roof off the 100 Club, and in a couple more days, phone-made videos of that first gig were circulating the cyber waves. For those lucky enough to have been taken by the ears and dragged around that room by this band, Jimmy O (guitars/vocals) and Mikey Sorbello (Drums/noises) left a lasting impression. This was a rock epiphany. The Graveltones had arrived. That was February 2011. More than three years have passed since those embryonic days, and in that relatively short period of time, the Graveltones story-so-far has unfolded in epic proportions. They are knocking on the door of 1000 live shows world wide, with tours of Australia and Europe (including a tour of Germany, Switzerland and Austria supporting the mighty BossHoss) embellishing the UK and London gig CV, an astonishing feat of Beatle-esque proportions. 2014 shows no signs of any downturn in live outings with several big dates and festivals already confirmed including a 2014 repeat of their 2013 appearance at Download, Nova Rock in Austria and Jersey Live in, er, Jersey. There are yet more exciting gig and festival announcements to look out for as 2014 continues.
As well as success on the road, this two-piece nouveau-blues freight train have also been very busy gracing us with some stunning studio performances. The eponymous debut EP, recorded in just two days in early 2011 followed in 2012 with their single 'I Want Your Love', both proving to be a great success with media and fans. Following all this, the turning of the page, the coming of age, the first long player in the shape of the scarily good 'Don't Wait Down', an album eagerly awaited and rapturously received by fans and critics alike. Produced by Charlie Francis, who has been in the chair for the likes of REM and the Noisettes, the mission was to capture the raw live energy of The Graveltones' live performances and embellish that with some sweet studio icing on a very Gravely cake. Mission accomplished.
With two singles, the bouncy shuffle 'Catch Me On The Fly' and the raging 'Forget About The Trouble' (which comes complete with a stunning music video shot on location in East London), the band are now out and touring their masterpiece, recorded in just eight days in the Monnow Valley studios in deepest darkest Wales. There's plenty of them over the airwaves too, so you know you can still get your fix of Graveltones even when you can't keep up with their whirlwind live tour schedule. Team Rock Radio have featured them in numerous live shows and made 'Catch Me On The Fly' a regular fixture on their playlist, as have Planet Rock radio. And if you ever find yourself forced to take a flight to a far away place, make sure to fly Virgin Airways, as the Graveltones have kindly parked 'Don't Wait Down' on the in-flight playlist as of June 2014, for your delectation.
And in the midst of this phantasmagorical narrative, one thing will always remain the same: these are two of the nicest guys you could ever wish to meet. If you're at a show, or you spot them on the street, don't be afraid to say hello.
Words by Jimmy-James Hayward. April 2014.
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