My Only Company

by The Graveyard Kids

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This album has been in the under way since August 2011. Originally a collection of acoustic lo-fi garage band recordings primarily by Chadbourne Oliver, the project took a new shape when his musical bannermen rallied to his side, forming The Graveyard Kids. After re-recording the album rock n roll style with home recording engineer and blues extraordinaire Jeremy Kolker, the project once again faced a major set back when the computer holding the files crashed and burned. Finally recorded at Mama Coco's Funky Kitchen in Brooklyn, NY by Oliver Ignatius, The Graveyard Kids embark on their debut sojourn with MY ONLY COMPANY.

Special thanks to:
Tamlyn Oliver for her undying support for rock n roll and the rock n roll lifestyle.
All the friends and family of the GK's who have been so patient and supportive.

"The first and so far only time I’ve seen the Graveyard Kids, was at a BBQ featuring other bands from the Brooklyn hive collective/think tank/world domination plot Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen. They played first, blasted through a pretty awesome set, and then disappeared. They reminded me of the freaks in “Freaks & Geeks:” shaggy-haired, probably stoned, absolutely self-contained. Those traits carry over onto their debut LP, “My Only Company.” For a first record, it certainly sounds like a bunch of dudes who’ve been playing together for years with absolute confidence in the power of their songs (which they would like to note have been recorded twice prior to this.)

This is a record aware of its space in your headphones. The atmospheric ballad “The Fountain,” is achingly pretty, especially when sandwiched between the devil-baiting “Staircase Blues,” and the killer rocker “The Raft of Medusa.” The latter, by the way, is what we would’ve called a “hit single” back in the day. It’s a party in and of itself, drinking beer alone but with a goofy grin. How many songs do you know end in a unstoppable “na-na-na” chorus, minutes after pulling off a bass solo? I don’t see Paul McCartney stepping out from behind the baby grand to slap some bass during “Hey Jude.” The euphoria of that track is matched by its minute comedown solo spotlight piano track, “Clint Eastwood Teddy Bear,” a bit Guided by Voices-esque in its “And Now For Something Completely Different”-vibe. It’s a sweet little breather before the blooze continues in “Robinson Row” and “Cold Hearted Boy,” both of which make you wanna down a brew and get real sad. But the Graveyard Kids know the children came for a good time and they deliever the hip-shaking goods in the final rave-up track “Knights’ Bridge.” Don’t let the Spencer Krug medieval titles throw you off, the band’s sound falls somewhere between light Queens of the Stone Age, as fronted by Wings-era Macca. It’s rare that a band comes out this sure of itself and ready to kick the listener in their balls. Prepare yourself."

-Layne Montgomery

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released June 20, 2012

Chadbourne Oliver - Vocals, Guitar, Keyboard, Piano
Jeremy Kolker - Vocals, Guitar, Bass
Jordan Smith - Bass, Guitar, Keyboard
Daniel Sweeney - Drums
Billy Pedlow - Vocals
Jake Aschenbrenner - Sitar, Snaps
Oliver Ignatius - Falsetto
The Mama Coco's Family - Gang Vox

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Track Name: Staircase Blues
Well I sold my soul to a big tall shadow, and now he's driving me home. I'm drunk as hell, think I'm goin to hell for this. I ain't goin to hell for this.

Don't let him slip away again.
Don't let him slip away again.
Cause there ain't no woman that heard the last of him

Well I sold my soul to a big tall shadow, and now he's driving me home. I'm drunk as hell, think I'm goin to hell for this. I ain't goin to hell for this.
Track Name: The Fountain
Oh water, water, clean my bones. Run right home, sit inside, and freeze. It ain't relyin on me. Well I sold my house to some family, with kids and shit that I don't even need. They ain't relyin on me.

Oh water, water, clean my bones

Now I'm cuttin my way through these summer days, and I don't know if it was really worth the wait. But you love this place. And its sad I know how your life it goes, faster now than you can bear to face. But you love this place.

Oh water, water, clean my bones.
Track Name: The Raft of the Medusa
I guess I'll walk down to 23rd street, 'bout the only place i can still go to eat
cause my money's been goin like water it seems, and ever since i left my home its been blowin like steam
well everything's been goin like water and steam, like water, hot water, oh oh

Its too late! Its too late! Nobody's comin' our way

I'm hopin to be found by some old ship's crew and fate, but i won't wait
And maybe i'll get down, for once these days and pray, but i wont pay
Cause son there ain't no way, i'm gonna let the current pull you away
I'll be waitin in that water oh oh

ts too late! Its too late! Nobody's comin' our way

NANANANANANANANANANANNAN
Track Name: Clint Eastwood Teddy Bear
Lady Di
Track Name: Robinson Row
Won't you be a doll, pick me up from the train, have you been drinking too much for a girl of your age, or haven't you? But how far down Robinson Row is that house where you go?

It can't be uphill both ways
x4
You caught me in a daze

Cause I've been chasin' my tail round that same boring dream, where I'm lost in the street, just the Sargent and me.
That's my only company, my only company.

But how many chords must I play to keep this fear contained?

It can't be uphill both ways
x4
You caught me in a daze

Cause I've been chasin my tail round that same boring dream. Weighted down by concrete, and all these headlights on me.

AHHH
AYAYAYAYAYA
CHASIN MY TAIL
MY ONLY COMPANY
Track Name: Cold Hearted Boy
Just up the mountain, there's a spirit I know, solid as hail in the shade from the oak. Its been a matter of time, yeah i spent so much time, just wishing she'd open her eyes. But it's alright today, toss your conscious away, for a moment so I can explain. Well that hill song's so true, it ain't all about you, but you gave me a lyric or two

Cause you know I'm a cold hearted boy, its true, and I'll never say love if there's something to lose.

Well liquor keeps drippin in streams down your chest.
Oh Santa Maria sail north by northwest, it's for the best

Cause you know I'm a cold hearted boy, its true, and I'll never say love if there's something to lose.

But now I'm caught in the mouth of an Ice Queen, and I think I might let her bite down. Oh, she can walk all around, in that beautiful crown, must be her I've been dreaming about.
Track Name: Knights' Bridge
Knights' Bridge fallin in the Brooklyn bay, cold air whistling all through my veins, oh baby please, queen of hyperbole, the way you move I can't go back to sleep.

I tried so hard to write a song that fits your type, but not a word I say would fit to rhyme. Well nothings hurtin' for now, don't know what I'm singin about, I'll just keep on ridin' all over town.

Cause there's mermaids singin in the Hudson waves and they dragged me under just to swim away (OH BABY PLEASE) sing me that melody, the one that's got me sweating through my sheets.

Knights' Bridge fallin in the Brooklyn bay, cold air whistling all through my veins, oh baby please, queen of hyperbole, the way you move I can't go back to sleep.