Music — 08 February 2012
Graveyard Turns A Tune Stateside

By Diamond Bodine-Fischer

Once upon a time there was a pretty great doomy stoner band called Norrsken. They split up, so don’t get too excited. Members of Norrsken went on to form Graveyard.

Graveyard are media darlings. Generally media darlings are dull, stale and full of clichés, but not Graveyard, they are 100% pure awesome. No really, none of that overrated pretentious BS here, just refreshing songwriting and killer musicianship.

With the body of Black Sabbath, the soul of Led Zeppelin, the hands of Robert Johnson, the roar of Slayer, the heart of Howlin’ Wolf and the Allman Brothers wardrobe they are possibly the best thing happening in heavy music today. They released their second album in 2011, proving they weren’t a one album wonder and just took on their first US headlining tour.

We had the opportunity to chat up bassist Rikard Edlund briefly over the phone while they were en route to Portland about their current US tour.

How has your US response been compared to Europe?
Very good! Lots of sold out shows! We did not know what to expect. It is our first headline tour, we have only done support shows before. I think it’s time for our first headline tour in Europe. I was very surprised

So you haven’t done any headlining shows in Europe?
A couple. Mostly we’ve just been playing Scandinavia.

How has the tour been so far, any time off?
We have had some days off but those we spend traveling, driving long distances.

Do you have a favorite city to play in?
Oh! That’s hard. I’ve found there are a lot of cities in America. There is a lot of variety on the east coast, and I like the south, I’m a southerner, I like Austin, New Orleans, and in the west there’s San Francisco, LA, Portland and Seattle.

Who would you really want to support?
We have supported Motorhead in Europe. Support on a Black Sabbath reunion would be bad ass. Queens of the Stone Age because I like them.

Yeah, Black Sabbath is an obvious influence, Led Zeppelin too, but what are some less obvious influences?
Everything from Howling Wolf to Slayer. And everything in between. We listen to folk, death metal, we have a broad influence.

You guys are totally media darlings. You get way more media attention than other bands the same size, do you think there’s any reason for that?
Because we are that good.

If you’re diggin’ on Graveyard like we are, follow them on Facebook here!

Follow Diamond on Twitter @riptinpieces

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  1. I had to re-read this article again because I could not believe how amazing it was the first time. Yet again, Ms. Bodine-Fischer delivers with an insightful, witty article that is right to the point. Thank you!

  2. Where is the facebook like link ?

    • Jazquelyn- the link is highlighted “here” in the last sentence below the video!

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Music — 08 February 2012
Graveyard Turns A Tune Stateside

By Diamond Bodine-Fischer

Once upon a time there was a pretty great doomy stoner band called Norrsken. They split up, so don’t get too excited. Members of Norrsken went on to form Graveyard.

Graveyard are media darlings. Generally media darlings are dull, stale and full of clichés, but not Graveyard, they are 100% pure awesome. No really, none of that overrated pretentious BS here, just refreshing songwriting and killer musicianship.

With the body of Black Sabbath, the soul of Led Zeppelin, the hands of Robert Johnson, the roar of Slayer, the heart of Howlin’ Wolf and the Allman Brothers wardrobe they are possibly the best thing happening in heavy music today. They released their second album in 2011, proving they weren’t a one album wonder and just took on their first US headlining tour.

We had the opportunity to chat up bassist Rikard Edlund briefly over the phone while they were en route to Portland about their current US tour.

How has your US response been compared to Europe?
Very good! Lots of sold out shows! We did not know what to expect. It is our first headline tour, we have only done support shows before. I think it’s time for our first headline tour in Europe. I was very surprised

So you haven’t done any headlining shows in Europe?
A couple. Mostly we’ve just been playing Scandinavia.

How has the tour been so far, any time off?
We have had some days off but those we spend traveling, driving long distances.

Do you have a favorite city to play in?
Oh! That’s hard. I’ve found there are a lot of cities in America. There is a lot of variety on the east coast, and I like the south, I’m a southerner, I like Austin, New Orleans, and in the west there’s San Francisco, LA, Portland and Seattle.

Who would you really want to support?
We have supported Motorhead in Europe. Support on a Black Sabbath reunion would be bad ass. Queens of the Stone Age because I like them.

Yeah, Black Sabbath is an obvious influence, Led Zeppelin too, but what are some less obvious influences?
Everything from Howling Wolf to Slayer. And everything in between. We listen to folk, death metal, we have a broad influence.

You guys are totally media darlings. You get way more media attention than other bands the same size, do you think there’s any reason for that?
Because we are that good.

If you’re diggin’ on Graveyard like we are, follow them on Facebook here!

Follow Diamond on Twitter @riptinpieces

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  1. I had to re-read this article again because I could not believe how amazing it was the first time. Yet again, Ms. Bodine-Fischer delivers with an insightful, witty article that is right to the point. Thank you!

  2. Where is the facebook like link ?

    • Jazquelyn- the link is highlighted “here” in the last sentence below the video!

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