“Watching them conjures the same kind of
kick you might get from hearing ghost stories, but with added visceral grunt…
masses have rightfully gone bananas for them.” STEPH HUGHS, TRIPLE J
Graveyard Train - 'Hollow'
Graveyard Train -
'The Drink, The Devil & The Dance'
Graveyard Train are a
six piece collective from Melbourne Australia. The initial idea was for six men
to sing in baritone about Werewolves, Vampires, Ghosts and the like over
frenetic foot stomping country music. A wacky idea that worked and instantly
collected fans across the globe. In a song writing sense Graveyard Train are
storytellers who revel in the dark or macabre. Now, like any virus, Graveyard
Trainʼs music evolved into something much richer, forceful and potent. Banjos,
dobros as well as their untraditional hammer and chain have carried the
intensity of their notorious live shows through the US, Canada, UK, Europe and
of course all over Australia. The legions of the infected fans are growing.
Theyʼre instantly at home on any stage and consistently win over incredibly
diverse audiences – from the neck tattooed rockabilly in Sydney to the farmer in
Tamworth to the derelict punk in Belgium or the hippie in Toronto, everyone ends
up singing along. The live show is only part of their story. Graveyard Train
have released 2 full length albums, both critical acclaim: The Seprpent & The
Crow (Afterdark Records 2009). And The Drink The Devil & The Dance (Spooky
Records 2010). Both Albums received unanimous praise in the printed press and
The Drink The Devil & The Dance was awarded ʻNo. 1 album of 2010ʼ by PBS 106.7
and peaked at number 2 on the Australian Country Music Digital Charts. Graveyard
Train are not a country band; they are not a folk band; they are not punk band;
they are not a vocal harmony band they are not a psychedelic band. They are all
of those things and more; genuinely a band like no other that you have seen.
Whatever it is, it works. Graveyard Train have sold out venues such as The
Corner Hotel, The HI-FI and The Spiegeltent and have been considered festival
highlights by organizers and punters alike at events like Golden Plains (VIC),
The Vancouver Folk Festival, Hillside (CA), Port Fairy Folk Fest (VIC), Boogie
Fest (VIC), Blue Mountains Fest (NSW), Wave Rock (WA), and the Edinburgh Fringe
Fest to name a few. Whilst currently in the studio working on a third album for
release next year the band have some busy months ahead. This summer they are
making appearances at festivals such as Meredith, Woodford and Pyramid Rock,
before they take on a 6- week US tour from June 2012.
“It's a creepy foreboding world that
Graveyard Train have created, but one that still promotes the
virtue of a stiff drink, a sturdy
heart and a dancing soul.” BEAT MAGAZINE