The Graveyard Kids: My only company (2012)

My Only Company cover art

Brooklyn no es sólo el epicentro de las últimas tendencias de Pop saltarín y juguetón (que todos conocemos). En el barrio neoyorquino también se realizan trabajos más desmarcados como este My only company (2012), el debut de The Graveyard Kids. Digo lo de desmarcado porque los chicos se han marcado un disco de esos heterogéneos, con diversidad de miras y amplitud sonora. Reconozco que el primer tema que oí fue The raft of Medusa, que es algo así como un alegato a The Pastels bajo el prisma sonoro de The Olivia Tremor Control. Un tema con mucho gancho y diversidad de registros. Su crisol se amplía con otras visiones: garajeras (Starcaise blues), instrumentales (Clint Eastwood teddy bear), Lo-Fi´s a lo Guided by Voices (Robinson row, Cold hearted boy) o incluso Post-Punks (Knight´s bridge). De todos los temas del mini-álbum sin duda me quedo con The raft of Medusa, pero seguro que en cualquiera de ellos puedes ver reflejados algunos de tus gustos.
Puedes encontrar el disco en su Bandcamp, poniendo el precio que consideres oportuno podrás hacerte con un disco muy interesante.


“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, Bandcamp)

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