On October 16th, North Wales noisy-alternative-punks three-piece GRAVVES released a split EP with duo DEH-YEY via Restless Bear Records. Each band contributed two punchy, dirty, awesomely in your face tracks to the EP. A great listen from start to finish. The band explains, “[The track], ‘Steady as She Goes’ takes aim at the mundane and doesn’t pull any punches.” While the track ‘Jaws’ is “a bit of a sneak preview into Adam’s [vocalist, bassist] head, it has all sorts of themes which the lyrics hint at.”
We asked the band to pick three albums that have influenced them and their music. Below are their picks.
The split EP is available here: https://restlessbear.bandcamp.com/album/gravves-deh-yey-split
GRAVVES live dates:
31.10.19 – Manchester, Detention Club
02.11.19 – Manchester, Deco All Dayr
27.11.19 – Llanidloes, Football Club
Death from Above 1979 – You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine
For all of us this is definitely one of our favourite records and heavily informed the way we write music. It’s a bit of everything we love. As well as being fierce and noisy there’s a real pop sensibility to the tunes and you can dance to it just as much as you can headbang to it.
It kicked the door open for bands like ours, and the DIY aesthetic they carried showed us that you could run things your own way and still make catchy tunes with big hooks – it went beyond punk without shunning it.
The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster – Horse of the Dog
Under 30 minutes of absolute madness; indie rock meets hardcore, ‘psychobilly’ to some, but overall a masterpiece in our world.
There were loads of garage rock bands around at the time, but they managed to cut through what was becoming a stale genre. The mania behind ‘Psychosis Safari’ is impossible to ignore, and that really drove us forward in being unapologetic about all the weird and off-kilter ideas we had.
The Hives – Veni Vidi Vicious
They came, they saw, they conquered. Their knack for songwriting and massive choruses is still unparalleled to this day, and something we aspire to. They made power chords sound cool!
They were so forward with their approach, smashing out tunes fit for indie disco floors but without any of the limp guitars. It was needed in a time where landfill indie kept being dumped into our ears. They’re our favourite live band hands down, and nobody can match them.