Creating a stir from their adopted country UK to their native Australia, and all parts in between, are The Graveltones. The press far and wide have been slobbering on their keyboards big time over this band. Classic Rock magazine nominated them for Best New Band of 2013 in this year’s Classic Rock Awards. Are The Graveltones that buzzworthy? Perhaps so.
The Graveltones are one guitar and one drum kit, Jimmy O and Mikey Sorbello, respectively. You might recall a similar duo about a decade ago. But The Graveltones are no White Stripes redux. No, they are the elephant in the room, blasting out huge garage rock riffs soaked in blues grit, explained by whiskey shot vocals, and powered by stomping, boot up your ass, drums.
This is put together quite dramatically in Forget About Your Trouble, Dying On Your Feet, and You're No Good, by example. Jimmy O mixes things up nicely churning out riffs and ripping off unusual solos like the squealing psychedelic line at the end St. Lucia. The Graveltones can also be brash and brisk venturing into the hay fields of rockabilly with Bang Bang and Catch Me On The Flay, the first single from the album. The next single might be groovy, gravelly, pop of Money.
The curious piece is Six Billion, closing the album, which is largely quiet guitar and drums with Jimmy O sounding like a merger of Howling Wolf and Robert Plant. It has a flurry of bluster in the chorus with some more scratchy bluesy psychedelic guitar solos. In the end, as you listen through, and though every song is different, you still might wonder where The Graveltones can go from here. Their sound is so well defined now, I wonder how predictable they will be with their sophomore effort. Otherwise, quite recommended.
The Graveltones are the elephant in the room, blasting out huge garage rock riffs soaked in blues grit, explained by whiskey shot vocals, and powered by stomping, boot up your ass, drums.
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