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Graveyard Lovers / Press

“Graveyard Lover’s new album Dreamers shows a band where the seeds of greatness have sprouted into a vibrant and mighty tree that reaches to the heavens. Rooted in modern alt-rock the three members intertwine into a trunk of incredible solidity from which delicate, intricate and extreme musical phrases spring forth. It’s the balance between power and detail that makes Graveyard Lovers the band it is, creating a massive, sturdy foundation, then spiraling off ideas and emotions in higher and higher levels of development. Bringing a somewhat regional sound out of their NYC home base you can feel a Springsteen vibe at one minute, then Manchester, then 80’s Los Angeles all funked out with a southern sweat. There is a confidence and an authenticity to their presence that speaks of several years performing and touring together. Dreamers is their first ifull-length release and it’s just plain lethal from beginning to end...Graveyard Lovers new album Dreamers puts them squarely on the m”

“Round Hill Music announced a new addition to their roster, Graveyard Lovers. The New York-based four-piece joins the likes of American Authors, Sleepy Kitty, Isaac Delusion and Bloodgroup as one of several up-and-coming bands, which also includes iconic artists and writers and a back catalogue of songs recorded by everyone from The Beatles, to Cee Lo Green, to Frank Sinatra. “We’re all incredibly excited to bring Graveyard Lovers into the Round Hill fold! Zach and Tricia are a gifted songwriting team, and the band is a musical force to be reckoned with–they’re a perfect addition to our growing roster of excellent artists and writers,” said Round Hill Music’s creative director Mallory Zumbach. The co-publishing agreement with Graveyard Lovers follows the recent addition of their fellow new roster arrivals, Wild Party, who announced their partnership with Round Hill Music earlier in November....”

“Graveyard Lovers are a band with their rock and roll roots planted firmly on the ground. Their debut LP Dreamers was released on September 17 and immediately evoked Jack White comparisons due to lead singer Zach Reynolds' southern punk pipes. Their latest single "Love and Hunger" is perfectly grimy and today we're premiering the dark, soulful video which meshes the Graveyard Lovers' loud performance with equally intense imagery that is sure to make you feel their folk and blues vibes.”

“The key line on Graveyard Lovers’ fantastic first full length release comes early in the opening song “Manifesto”, when lead singer Zach Reynolds let’s you in on his one line credo, “Don’t let nothing ever get you low.” This is uplifting, heavy hitting, rock and roll. Dreamers... is an eerie Louisiana bayou-at-dusk vibe that floats in an out adding texture, drama and layers to the group’s sound. The harmonica-laced title track is.. gloriously staying positive while never slipping into pop. Honest heartfelt lyrics, textured production and gutsy playing save the rocking day. The stomping power of “Love and Hunger” shows off Tricia Purvis’s heavy drumming while “You and Me” swirls chimes, guitars, yearning vocals and a plinking piano to create a hopeful final product. The blues get proper attention on the slinky “Blessed Are the Ties That Bind”..The band has nailed it with Dreamers – touching on multiple dimensions of rock and roll while staying intrigui”

““They call us dreamers,” yowls Zach Reynolds over a swinging party of fierce guitars and a rousing harmonica on the title track off the band’s latest album. Though something of a veteran of CMJ, this year Graveyard Lovers returns doubled in size. Along with original members Reynolds and drummer Tricia Purvis, now bassist Orion Wainter and guitarist Joel Reynolds play along, giving the already red-blooded rockers a fuller, more expansive sound (while still retaining the band’s original grit and gut). “Dreamers” shows incredible range, from the sexy, foot stomping “Lover and Hunger” to the haunting, understated “The Island,” which floats as pure poetry towards the conclusion of the album. Graveyard Lovers doesn’t disappoint because they strive to have it all: an impenetrable bluesy core with garage rock details, set beneath soulful compositions that fly forward while nodding back at some of the greats (think: the Black Keys, the White Stripes) who have come before t”

“THE JIM JONES REVUE Piano-pounding 1950s rock ’n’ roll with everything turned up to 11: That’s the straightforward concept, executed with rowdy abandon and proud distortion, of the Jim Jones Revue. In the early 1990s, Mr. Jones led Thee Hypnotics, reviving the fuzz-toned 1960s primitivism of the Stooges; moving back a stylistic decade doesn’t hinder his throat-ripping rasp. The band headlines a night of vintage-flavored rock with the Compulsions, Jeremy and the Harlequines, New York Junk and Graveyard Lovers. 7:30 p.m., Bowery Electric, 327 Bowery, at East Second Street, East Village, (212) 228-0228; $40. (Pareles)”

“Brooklyn’s Graveyard Lovers have grabbed the spirit of rock ‘n roll by the throat and channeled a barrage of gritty, heavy blues riffs through a groove-rich spectrum inhabited by the likes of Jack White and Band of Skulls. Comprised of Zach Reynolds (guitar, vocals), Tricia Purvis (drums), and Orion Wainer (bass), the three intertwine immersive, dark melodies and passionate garage-blast promise on the new album Dreamers..an evolution from their 2011 self-titled EP debut.. the release is a new voice among familiar styles, a torch carried without the pressure of legacy – yet. When the slow build of "From My Window" finally bursts, it's as if the best parts of the Saddle Creek family spent a Summer with the Pixies and burned their White Stripes records in a distancing ritual that only deepened the connection to some of the most viscerally passionate sounds of our time. "Nameless" is an impossibly catchy indie-scuzz jam that begs for volume.”

“....While blue-chip clients abound, RHM is not about keeping them comfy with tried-and-true strategies. Instead this mid-level publisher is intent on amping up the accessibility level to songs and singers that had previously been perceived as untouchable. In the process, they’re increasing opportunities for the many rising artists and songwriters that they represent, such as American Authors and the just-added NYC four-piece Graveyard Lovers...”

"Dreamers" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nnH9tQfCT8 "Love and Hunger" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KuroaPY20bA interview http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3nbuarFGKOk

"Love and Hunger" from the album "Dreamers"...Big, loud primal guitar, bass, and drums from this Brooklyn-based trio. And rather catchy, too, in that big loud primal rock and roll kind of way. Throwback, non-pretentious music. Naval gazing wankers need not apply! Head and long hair whipping mandatory. I'm dizzy and giddy. For fans of The Black Keys and White Stripes."

“Up and Coming is our new bi-monthly column spotlighting Brooklyn-based musicians. Band Name: Graveyard Lovers Music Genre: Garage Rock/Blues New Album: Dreamers Self-described as a “Louisiana blues-infused grunge rock” band, Bushwick-based band Graveyard Lovers are gearing up for a few local shows as well as the release of their debut LP, Dreamers. I sat down with band members Zach Reynolds and Tricia Purvis at a local bar to talk about their musical roots, the recording of their new album and their love of rooftop parties. (interview below)”

“Never judge a book by its cover, for this isn't some teenage angst goth telling tales of mascara tears running down a headstone where they pledged undying love, adopting the names Bella and Edward. 'Dreamers' couldn't be any further removed for this than I am to Vladimir Putin. Making their size-twelve mark, Graveyard Lovers spit out their statement of intent with the devastating, delectable sonic delight of the crunching 'Manifesto', welcoming us into 'Dreamers'. A deceptively melodic, gentle guitar welcomes us in, then we are hit with the a huge hook to the jaw of pure post-grunge fury executed perfectly, and so 'Manifesto' stamps out its massive mark. Graveyard Lovers quickly show that they have mastered where so many have stumbled, quiet/loud/quiet/devastating. As starters go, there hasn't been a better one for a while....”

“One of the things I love most about this blogging thing is the increased random chance of stumbling across great bands. I love the random PR company emails I get on a daily basis, most are junk, but on rare occasion you’ll get turned on to something really good. That’s how I came across Graveyard Lovers and had the chance to check out their upcoming debut album, Dreamers. The album as a whole is way more polished and mainstream oriented than I usually prefer, but impulsively I can’t help but like it. It’s got the emotional pull and abstractness characteristic of all great albums that frees it from the details of genre, mainstream knowledge, or artist. Zach Reynolds hails from Louisiana and his southern blues charm is definitely tangible on the album...maybe perfectly, balanced with Tricia Purvis’s New York City rock repertoire of influence. A good album is a good album and this one is definitely solid rock that doesn’t sound much like anything else in the mainstream ri”

“We might be in the midst of a blues renaissance. Ever since Ohio rockers the Black Keys started churning out hot-fuzz lead lines in the mid-2000s, more and more American bands have gotten reacquainted with their distortion pedals. Graveyard Lovers are one of Brooklyn’s loudest new trios. Their appetite for volume, blood and rocking is a refreshing respite from the New York borough’s more “chill” demeanor in recent years. The band’s ‘Love and Hunger,’ today’s free mp3 download, has a searing riff and rousing chorus that verges on becoming a hair metal moment. “‘Love and Hunger’ is our blues-driven, arena-rock anthem,” the band tells Diffuser.fm. “It’s reflects anger at the realization that a scarring past relationship has held power of you for a long time.” “It’s also a power play of your own though, saying enough is enough and deciding to change,” they add. The Lovers just finished their first full-length album, ‘Dreamers,’ which will be rele”

“Local cow-punk / swamp-rock trio Graveyard Lovers are playing Bowery Electric this Friday night alongside Brooklyn garage punk The Mad Doctors (who are releasing their debut EP "Fuzz Tonic" on Friday), Blue Coin and Tracy Island. Cover is $8 and doors are at 6:30PM (...and happy hour runs til 8PM). Graveyard Lovers have been earning strong reviews with frequent shows around town and have been compared from acts that range from The White Stripes (prior to Graveyard Lovers adding a bassist) and "Sonic Youth… if Sonic Youth grew from Tennessee’s swamps and traded their soul to the devil while on the same road as Blind Willie Johnson" (The Deli Magazine). To my ears though, I think the closest point of comparison is Los Angeles' Tex and the Horseheads (...or a non-doped up version of the Gun Club). Following up on the band's 2011's debut 5-track EP (check out "Ripe to Misbehave"), Graveyard Lovers has their full-length, Dreamers, ready to drop in September.”

“The spirit of rock ‘n roll is exhumed, drenched in heavy blues riffs, and smeared with earthy grit by Brooklyn’s Graveyard Lovers, a band “unmatched for both quality and energy.” (CMJ.com) Comprised of Zach Reynolds (guitar,vocals), Tricia Purvis (Drums), and Orion Wainer (Bass), the three intertwine their deepest, darkest melodies and passionate forces on their 2013 release, Dreamers. Ranging from dynamic “Manifesto,” slinky “Blessed Are the Ties that Bind,” ethereal “The Island,” to punky “Nameless,” Graveyard Lovers explore a spectrum of influences on Dreamers. Essences of Jack White, The Black Keys and Band of Skulls can be heard as the trio foster and grow their roots into Louisiana-blues-infused grunge-rock for a modern age. ”

“...NYC-based trio Graveyard Lovers.. kept their swampy blues-infused sound...they are a mash up of influences spanning from Deep South, punk, garage rock and grunge. I’m not usually a fan of extensive this-meets-that name dropping when it comes to album reviews, but this ensemble leans in so many directions that it’s almost impossible not to draw comparisons. Their sound draws on rich musical tradition, but they still manage to keep things fresh in their first LP Dreamers, to be released on September 17th. With dynamic songs like "Manifesto" and punk-inspired pieces like "Nameless," the album listens like a genre experiment with something new around every corner. "From my Window" is reminiscent of Radiohead with a bit more twang. "Love and Hunger" is a raucous romp that swiftly plopped me onto the Graveyard Lovers bandwagon. I wanted to front-row their next show and witness this rumored fiery performance...”

“Local cow-punk / swamp-rock trio Graveyard Lovers are playing Bowery Electric this Friday night... Graveyard Lovers have been earning strong reviews with frequent shows around town and have been compared from acts that range from The White Stripes (prior to Graveyard Lovers adding a bassist) and "Sonic Youth… if Sonic Youth grew from Tennessee’s swamps and traded their soul to the devil while on the same road as Blind Willie Johnson" (The Deli Magazine). To my ears though, I think the closest point of comparison is Los Angeles' Tex and the Horseheads (...or a non-doped up version of the Gun Club).”

“And another blues stomp I'm digging this week is "Love and Hunger" by Graveyard Lovers. Their new album Dreamers comes out on September 17th. The tune crackles and swaggers with another excellent mixture of riffage, pounding skins, and howling vocals. Enjoy this double shot of blues rock and be sure to check the band out 5/31 at Bowery Electric.”

“The wait is over for new tracks from the very excellent Graveyard Lovers. The Brooklyn duo’s five-song, self-titled EP hit iTunes over the weekend, and below you can stream two of Zach Reynolds and Trisha Purvis’ newest songs: “Urban Blues” and “Burn The Malls.” The tracks are in keeping with the EP’s themes of economic and social collapse, which as days go by seem more and more a reality than just a grim prediction. “Urban Blues” takes us deeper into singer Reynolds’ American Dream. “The world around me is a rainy place to live,” he sings. Plainly, he’s fed up. There is, however, a balance in the song. Hope is hiding in the lyrics and in Reynolds’ flat-out rejection of evil, hypocrisy and conformity. When he says, “I don’t want what you’re selling,” he means it. “Burn The Malls” has more of a wit to it, a darkly humorous vision of revenge on the malls of America...you can almost see gleeful rioters, torches and firebombs in hand..”

“These Brooklyn-based garage rockers follow the same two-piece bluesy rock template of White Stripes and The Black Keys. But that doesn’t mean that they’re not every bit as enjoyable as their predecessors. Actually, it’s not really fair to pigeonhole this band too neatly into that...formula. The EP is sandwiched between a pair of slow and sleazy rockers: “Everyday is a War” and “The World is Ending.” At first glance, these tracks seem a bit derivative, but Graveyard Lovers only use these as bookends to give context to the rowdy indie energy inside. EPs are generally just a spattering of the best recordings a band has managed to put together at any given moment, but the thought and planning evident here is closer to what you would expect from a full-fledged album. This five-track debut gives a taste of this group’s ability and, hopefully, a promise of more to come.”

“The Graveyard Lovers are a Brooklyn based garage-blues-rock duo comprising of Zach Reynolds on guitar and vocals, and Tricia Purvis on drums...inspired by the success of The White Stripes, a whole wave of garage-blues-rock duos came to light, hung around for a bit, before mostly disappearing again, but The Graveyard Lovers have got enough about them to separate them from the surviving pack. Singer Reynolds has got a great voice that'll remind many of Tom Verlaine, and though there's no denying the primitiveness of their sound, everything is underpinned by proper songwriting and Purvis' Mo Tucker inspired tubthumping. Comprising of just five tracks, their debut EP is a perfect introduction, offering plenty of variety, from the full on primal blast of "Everyday Is A War" to the measured, redemptive blues of "Burn The Malls". In-between they make their mark on post-punk on "Ripe To Misbehave", strip back wiry New York new wave on "Urban Blues" and get back to pure, raw blues on."”

“A few steps away was the Graveyard Lovers, who we mentioned in our preview sound like the White Stripes. Everyday is a War, available on their Bandcamp for free, translated live extremely well. The loud, raw guitar cranking out catchy riffs with the backing drums made music that made you wish they were playing in front of a mosh pit instead of a seated crowd.”

“The free music, however, was awesome. We saw some fantastic new acts (Gangstagrass, Fighting Jamesons, Delta Rae, Graveyard Lovers, Caravan of Thieves, Homemade Jamz) and some old favorites (Red Elvises, March Fourth Marching Band) were brought back to our delight.”

“Graveyard Lovers played a set at Gutter on Friday in celebration of the release of the bluesy two-some’s self-titled EP. A pitcher half full of bills sat beside the stack of CDs, and those in attendance could name their price. It was a steal for one of the best EPs I’ve heard all year. GL played all of its EP with another song you can expect to hear on the band’s LP, which was confirmed to be on its way. Reynolds and Purvis can certainly be proud of the sound they’ve created. Reynolds handles the frontman position with Elvis-like panache, casting out a few rough-guy sneers here and striking a few poses there. It was a quick set, Reynolds polishing it off with an airborne leap and a flurry of strumming. There are few better ways to begin a Friday night.”

“The wait is over for new tracks from the very excellent Graveyard Lovers. The Brooklyn duo’s five-song, self-titled EP hit iTunes. The tracks are in keeping with the EP’s themes of economic and social collapse, which as days go by seem more and more a reality than just a grim prediction. Hope is hiding in the lyrics and in Reynolds’ flat-out rejection of evil, hypocrisy and conformity. When he says, “I don’t want what you’re selling,” he means it. Tempo is key in these tracks with “Urban Blues” played at a quicker pace with stops and starts that’ll jostle you as hard as the lyrics. It’s an anxious, meditative song. “Burn the Malls” on the other hand is played nice and slow; you’ll never hear someone else talk so calmly about burning a building down. Both songs are part of that bold GL signature—”

“What happens when you bring the blues of the deep south to the urban jungles of Manhattan? Passport issues? For Graveyard Lovers, there's an instant connection between Zach Reynolds' roots from Louisiana, and the city backdrop to drummer Tricia Purvis' rock roots. Think Deertick's angst with the rock posturing of arena bands like My Chemical Romance, and you've come close to the sound of their debut EP 'Manifesto."”

"Live? The pair is an exceptional blues-infused rock duo in the league of the Black Keys or the White Stripes. Live? It’s an experience...the members launch into a performance unmatched for both quality and energy. Despite having only two instruments, the music was inventive and impeccably arranged. Reynolds’ lyrics and vocal performance impressed us even more, not just improving on what we’ve heard so far, but blowing it away."

“We’ve told you before about Graveyard Lovers, but the difference between seeing the duo and watching it play live is enormous. On record the pair is an exceptional blues-infused rock duo in the league of the Black Keys or the White Stripes. Live? It’s an experience. The members launch into a performance unmatched for both quality and energy. Reynolds turns and faces drummer Trisha Purvis and the two rock out in time. New material was on display and it revealed a greater depth to the Lovers’ potential. Despite having only two instruments, the music was inventive and impeccably arranged. Reynolds’ lyrics and vocal performance impressed us even more, not just improving on what we’ve heard so far, but blowing it away. The songs are heartfelt and interesting while remaining brash and rollicking. By the end the audience literally refused to let the two offstage until they played one more song. The Lovers played “Ripe To Misbehave”, with Reynolds running back and forth on stage”

“The pair is self-billed as “Sonic Youth meets Son House,” which sums it up nicely. It covers “the entire spectrum of American music,” says Reynolds. The band, based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, has a three-song EP and more songs in the works for what it hopes will be its first full-length LP. What began as a demo to apply for gigs with got spun out into something more. When you hear Graveyard Lovers’ three songs, “The World Is Ending,” “Everyday Is A War” and “Ripe To Misbehave,” there can be no doubt: this is rock and roll. “The World Is Ending” is a smoldering blues shuffle played at a menacing crawl, a slow burner that reduces the whole world to ashes; “Everyday Is A War” plays nicely on duo dynamics with call-and-response wordplay, Renyolds’ southern fried guitar fuzz and Purvis’ splashy, energetic drums. “Ripe To Misbehave” justifies that Sonic Youth comparison—it’s fast, aggressive, twangy and loud. ”

“What happens when you bring the blues of the deep south to the urban jungles of Manhattan? Passport issues? For Graveyard Lovers, there's an instant connection between Zach Reynolds' roots from Louisiana, and the city backdrop to drummer Tricia Purvis' rock roots. Think Deertick's angst with the rock posturing of arena bands like My Chemical Romance, and you've come close to the sound of their debut EP 'Manifesto." The video to "Ripe to Misbehave" is ripe with the tortured thoughts of anyone who's grown to hate Brooks Brothers. Watch it here, stream the song below.”

“Musikfest wrap up: Saturday it was off to see Spuyten Duyvil, a New York band that played Americana. The show was OK, but there were other bands that did the genre far better, and so it was time to move on. A few steps away was the Graveyard Lovers, who we mentioned in our preview sound like the White Stripes. Everyday is a War, available on their Bandcamp for free, translated live extremely well. The loud, raw guitar cranking out catchy riffs with the backing drums made music that made you wish they were playing in front of a mosh pit instead of a seated crowd.”

“Singer Zach Reynolds has described his band, Graveyard Lovers, sound as “the entire spectrum of American music.” While this quote is undoubtedly far more ambitious than any two piece deserve, Zach and drummer Tricia Purvis certainly give it a solid go. The bluesy rockers tear it up in personal fave ‘Ripe to Misbehave,’ not unlike Sonic Youth… if Sonic Youth grew from Tennessee’s swamps and traded their soul to the devil while on the same road as Blind Willie Johnson. Even when they’re not shredding it out, this group will get up inside you with the rattlesnake ‘Burn the Malls’ and ‘Everyday is a War.’ If you’re looking for trouble, look no further. Graveyard Lovers knows what you’ve been up to, and is here to provide the soundtrack.”

“Graveyard Lovers are a Brooklyn based garage-blues-rock duo of Zach Reynolds on guitar/vocals, and Tricia Purvis on drums. Of course, inspired by The White Stripes, a whole wave of garage-blues-rock duos came to light, hung around for a bit, before disappearing again, but Graveyard Lovers have got enough to separate them from the surviving pack. Reynolds has a great voice that'll remind many of Tom Verlaine, and though there's no denying the primitiveness of their sound, everything is underpinned by proper songwriting and Purvis' Mo Tucker inspired tubthumping. Their debut EP is a perfect introduction, offering plenty of variety, from the full on primal blast of "Everyday Is A War" to the measured, redemptive blues of "Burn The Malls". In-between they make their mark on post-punk on "Ripe To Misbehave", strip back wiry New York new wave on "Urban Blues" and get back to pure, raw blues on "The World is Ending". Simply stated, it's a great collection and I wholeheartedly recommend it.”

“These Brooklyn-based garage rockers follow the same two-piece bluesy rock template of White Stripes and The Black Keys. But that doesn’t mean that they’re not every bit as enjoyable as their predecessors. Actually, it’s not really fair to pigeonhole this band too neatly into that formula. The EP is sandwiched between a pair of slow and sleazy rockers: “Everyday is a War” and “The World is Ending.” ...Graveyard Lovers only use these as bookends to give context to the rowdy indie energy inside. “Urban Blues” diverges and expands into some old school grungy alt-rock. The track presents a surprisingly big and complex sound for a two-piece band. The aggressive indie-rock of “Ripe to Misbehave” follows with a wild ‘80s post-punk vibe and some shouty Isaac Brock-esque vocals. The jangly blues of ‘Burn the Malls” cools everything back down in preparation for the 12 bars of “The World is Ending.” This EP gives a taste of this group’s ability and, hopefully, m”