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."
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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