Roadside Graves don’t fuck around. They don’t have to… As we’ve documented multiple times, the Metuchen, NJ crew play smart, straight-up rock ‘n’ roll with better lyrics and more hardworking energy than most smart, straight-up rock ‘n’ roll bands. (They should do a Jersey package tour with Titus Andronicus and Gaslight Anthem.) A good example of what they do well is “Liv Tyler,” the epic first single from the six-song You Won’t Be Happy With Me EP. Another standout, “Everything,” finds the Graves in a more textural, atmospheric mode — which is maybe why they opted to give it the remix treatment. Considering the band’s blue collar aesthetic, it’s interesting hearing the glossier/dancier take by DJ/producer Ari Why. He’s wiped off some of the dirt, added a few scratches.
You Won’t Be Happy With Me is out via Autumn Tone. They’re jumping in the van this summer:
07/02 – Red Bank, NJ @ Marine Park #
07/14 – Philadelphia, PA @ North Star Bar
07/15 – Birmingham, AL @ The Bottletree &
07/16 – New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks &
08/02 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
08/03 – Colorado Springs, CO @ The Triple Nickel
08/04 – Moose, WY @ Dornan’s %
08/05 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux !!
08/06 – Moscow, ID @ Stereopathic Presents
08/07 – Portland, OR @ PICKATHON 2010
08/08 – Portland, OR @ PICKATHON 2010
08/09 – Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern
08/11 – Reno, NV @ TBA Backyard
08/12 – Davis, CA @ Sophia’s Thai Kitchen
08/13 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill !!
08/17 – Los Angles, CA @ The Echo !!
08/20 – Madison, WI @ Memorial Union Terrace
08/21 – Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club
08/24 – Chicago, IL @ Dirtroom (Double Door)
08/26 – Metuchen, NJ @ Metuchen Cultural Arts Commission
# w/ Real Estate
& w/ Futurebirds
% w/ Cotton Jones
!! w/ Cotton Jones, Parson Red Heads