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Video: Graveyard Johnnys – Ready To Roll

Graveyard JohnnysWelsh punk/rockabilly outfit Graveyard Johnnys have premiered a video for their latest full length. The video features the song “Ready To Roll” and is from their latest full length, Dead Transmission, out now on Bomber Music.  

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Graveyard Johnnys Perform Live At The Lab Session

Graveyard JohnnysUK punk n’ roll band Graveyard Johnnys recently sat down for a Live At The Lab session. The band performed the tracks “For Tonight” & “Mothers” for Live At The Lab on the 16th of October 2015.

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Video: Graveyard Johnnys – Little Witch

Graveyard JohnnysWelsh punk/rockabilly outfit Graveyard Johnnys have premiered a video for their latest full length. The video features the song “Little Witch” from their latest full length, Dead Transmission, out now on Bomber Music.  

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Graveyard Johnnys

Dead Transmission

Bomber Music
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

The term punk n’ roll and punkabilly commonly gets thrown around when a psychobilly band ventures further from the expected bass-thumping, ghoul-time boogie while maintaining an unorthodox approach that can’t be confused for traditional rockabilly.  It’s a tough middle ground to break into without coming across as a watered down version of The Cramps, but those with enough energy and vision can pull it off – as per personal favourite The Living End.  

Which leads to another emerging name: South Wales trio Graveyard Johnnys.  Known for their rambunctious stage presence and full throttle approach to songwriting, their penmanship makes for a vigorous listen that stays true to form but doesn’t hesitate to veer from the pack.  With their latest full length, Dead Transmission, fans of punk and psychobilly should be quick to recognize their budding reputation.  

At their core, the band delivers all the adrenaline of your typical upright bass slapping outfit.  Songs like hip-shaking 50’s showpieces “Because Of You” infuse rockabilly rhythm with vibrant distortion, driving tunes into memory with hand clapping vigor and 50’s dance floor scuffle.  The general formula amps up for open road thumpers like “Ready To Roll,” and settles down for more casual, acoustic laced country twanged rumblers like “One Day Forever.”  Such examples serve as the backbone of a well-oiled punkabilly machine.  But their true potential stems from their a host of “extras,” infusing fresh ideas into classic sounds.

Moments like the title track subtly draw on rhythmic guitars reminiscent of modern artists like The Strokes in beat and tempo, but blend admirably into the punkabilly framework.  For instance “Little Witch” throws in dirty and fuzzed out Hot Hot Heat-esque vocals across a blanket of rumbling rock n’ roll riffs.  Combined with an intermittently surfacing organ, the resulting bridge really pops.  When Graveyard Johnnys take chances, the result typically does just that.  Diverging from the genre’s typically menacing themes, “Mothers” unravels as a charming acoustic-heavy track with heartfelt lyrics that could double as a mother’s day card.  On a reflective and more serious note, the band honors their maternal link: “this one’s for our mothers, the girls that set us free, the only people in the world who let us be who we wanted to be, who took us seriously.”  It’s highly unorthodox but stands tall late in the track listing.  

Graveyard Johnnys will likely garner initial comparisons with countrymen The Grit, but before long stand much further apart from the crowd.  At its core, Dead Transmission is a rock solid punk n’ roll record with plenty of tricks of its sleeve.  While still far from revolutionary, Graveyard Johnnys inject their own dose of high octane thrills across a refreshingly broad canvas of made-for-the-stage tunes.

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Graveyard Johnnys

Dead Transmission

Bomber Music
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Rating: 4.5/5

 
 

 

 

If it were possible to wear out a digital recording, this would definitely have happened to my copy of Songs From Better Days, the last full length from Welsh rockabilly trio Graveyard Johnnys, so it’s safe to say that when I heard a new album was in the works I was rather excited. Dead Transmission dropped via Bomber Records on May 11th and although I’d had my review copy for some time before that, I wanted to let it resonate before writing this review because upon on the first few spins I was decidedly underwhelmed. However it soon became apparent that this lack of enthusiasm was of my own doing, as I was so familiar with the tracks on songs from better days that anything that wasn’t Cherylene or The Wasted just didn’t measure up. That is, of course, completely unfair and as I listened to the record a few more times, it was clear that this was a pretty stunning record of its own. The Poison is a great way to open the LP, slowly building with its bluesy riffs before descending into what this band does best – kickass, rock n roll. The dynamic rhythm section of Joe Grogans’ bass and Thomas E Lords’ drumming feels like its punching you in the stomach with each note, daring you to step back, but you feel trapped in cement as Callum Houston’s riffs jab you in the face while Grogans whiskey soaked vocals keep you in place in a sort of stunned silence. Seriously one of the best LP opening tracks I’ve heard in a long time.

Graveyard JohnnysThe rest of the record follows a similar formula, with the expected ups and downs, but the ups far outweighing the downs. Because of You features a killer chorus that will stick with you long after the track ends. Ready to Roll and Compromise are both highlights, with the latter slowing the pace down and adds almost a post-punk element with the clean vocal, seriously, showcasing the range of Joe Grogan’s voice again, and although it still has a rockabilly flavour, it’s not something I’ve heard done this well before. The former is another standout, bringing in elements of classic street punk with Houston’s guitar work a particular highlight. Little Witch sees the band shift away from true rockabilly into distortion heavy blues rock, but even outside of their obvious comfort zone, these guys tear it up, I mean if you gave them some terrible pop ballad I reckon these guys would destroy it in the most awesome way possible.

Rockabilly may be a genre where innovation isn’t required because it’s so damn good as it is, but this is a bit more than that, this is basic rock and roll at its best and Graveyard Johnnys are purveyors of a fine variety of it. It may have taken some time for me to get over my inherent bias with Dead Transmission, but this is an album that commands multiple listens, and if you comply, you will be richly rewarded with one of the contenders for album of the year.

 

Tours: Graveyard Johnnys

Graveyard JohnnysThe South Wales  punk’n’roll trio Graveyard Johnnys has announced has announced that they will be heading on tour in support of their new album.  The disc will be titled Dead Transmission and is set to be released on May 11, 2015 through Bomber Music on CD, red 180g vinyl and digital.

Full tour listings are below.  Pre-orders are available.

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Graveyard Johnnys Announce Dead Transmission

Graveyard JohnnysThe South Wales  punk’n’roll trio Graveyard Johnnys has announced details of their new album.  The disc will be titled Dead Transmission and is set to be released on May 11, 2015 through Bomber Music on CD, red 180g vinyl and digital.

To celebrate the release of ‘Dead Transmission’, Graveyard Johnnys will be playing a very special London show with support from The Zipheads and The Ligaments at The Borderline on May 15th.

Graveyard Johnny’s Announce UK Shows + Euro Festival Dates

Graveyard JohnnysWelsh rockabilly trio Graveyard Johnny’s have announced a series of shows for the first half of 2015. They have also teased a big pending announcement through facebook, and you can check out the full list of dates below.

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Graveyard Johnny’s Recording New Material

Graveyard JohnnysWelsh punkabilly trio Graveyard Johnny’s have announced they are returning to the studio through a post on their facebook page. They will be laying down tracks for their as-yet-untitled follow up to 2011’s Songs From Better Days, with the album due for release next year.

Check out the band’s latest video for The Wasted below.

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Video: Graveyard Johnnys: ‘The Wasted’

Graveyard JohnnysWelsh punk/rockabilly outfit Graveyard Johnnys have premiered a video for their brand new song The Wasted online. The band are rarely off the road which makes writing and recording problematic, but a few cryptic tweets from the band recently indicate they are spending some time in the studio so hopefully fans wont have to wait too long for the follow up to 2011’s Songs From Better Days (which we expect will feature The Wasted).

Check out the video for The Wasted and their UK/European tour dates below:

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Graveyard Johnnys - Songs From Better Days

Graveyard Johnnys

Songs From Better Days

Wolverine Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

The big difference between North American and European psychobilly is the ‘billy.’  While North American acts like Stellar Corpses and The Brains tend to infuse more punk and “psycho” to the formula, European staples like Mad Sin and Nekromantix explore the thumping ‘billy’ that started it all.  There’s a lengthy old feud between the two sides, but I straddle fence, taking both for what they’re worth and enjoying the inherent variety that the divide fosters.  Either way though, those that draw a line in the sand are missing out.  Chepstow, Wales psychobilly act Graveyard Johnnys exemplify why more North Americans should pay attention to the European scene.

First off, the band’s debut full length, Songs From Better Days root themselves in the long tradition of rock n’ roll.  “Cherylene” harkens back to the days of greased back hair, slick shoes and dancehall fever.  The “thump thump” of the upright bass and stop ’n go jump of the guitars make many of these golden era influenced rock n’ roll oldies hip shaking numbers embodying the essence of the era.  The whole neo-rockabilly trend resonates within the hip-shaking rhythms of songs like “Dancehall Of Death,” and while not necessarily the album’s focus, certainly plays out in more than song-based isolation.

Next, they lather on a punked up attitude not unlike that of countrymen The Grits or Out Of Luck.  With waves of distortion and posture raising confidence, songs like “Never Get Me” ooze with style.  Production remains high, often emphasizing vibrant guitar work or chilling gang vocals.

And finally, much of the crazy inherent in songs like “Bong On Captain” plays out in electric-acoustic interplay and gypsy-like tempos in the vein of The Adicts.  “The Wasted” takes advantage of the one-two punch of rich double bass meets country time twang followed by an Acappella roundhouse kick sealing the deal and maximizing listener attention.  The band’s vocals are one stop shopping for the genre.  Lending themselves to songs like “Torture Me” they comes across grizzled and confrontational, while on those rockabilly thumpers he could easily be a motorcycle-riding, leather-jacket toting hotshot idol.

Graveyard Johnnys are a great mix of trans-continental modern psychobilly that should find an audience on both side of the Pacific.  With a little country, rock n’ roll, punk, and of course that raucous psycho rebellion, the group represents some of the best punk-a-billy currently on the Wolverine Records roster.