Following appearances at Victoria’s Meredith Music Festival, (“easily a highlight of the entire festival” said Noise11), Rock-It in WA (“… like the bastard son of Tom Waits invented country when hung-over,” said The Rock Pit), Woodford Folk Festival (QLD), Darwin Festival (NT), Adelaide Festival (SA), and Hillside (CANADA) to name a few, in May of this year Graveyard Train released their 3rd album Hollow to resounding support.
The Age came straight out with a 5-star album review and first single ‘I’m Gone’ was in the Top Ten Most Downloaded Songs to Australian radio for 3 straight months, coming in as the #1 most played song for 2012 on influential community stations 3RRR (Melbourne), 3PBS (Melbourne), and 4ZZZ (Brisbane) as well as #4 on 3D Radio (Adelaide); and indeed, landing as the 4th most played song on the Combined Community Radio Chart for 2012 overall (combining playlists from FBI, RRR, PBS, RTR, ZZZ, 3D).
Launching Hollow around Australia Graveyard Train sold out not one but two consecutive nights at The Hi Fi in Melbourne and smashed it quite similarly in Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide – and that’s just the capital cities. Nationally, Sarah Howells let them loose on triple j’s Roots N All, where the band programmed 3 hours of national radio while Hollow was a featured album at just about every other major alternative radio station in the country.
2012 was great year for film clips as well: ‘I’m Gone’, produced by Truce, won a Silver medal for Cinematography at the ACS awards. And now with the help from Oh Yeah Wow, responsible for Goyte’s clips, Graveyard Train has another quirky addition to their clip catalouge. ‘The Sermon’ may well have the first music video featuring life-sized zombie puppets while simultaneously tackling the age-old puzzle of post-death philosophy. [Spoiler alert: you become dust. Sorry.] Check it: www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YkZ1ZVcoMk
So what does 2013 have in store for Graveyard Train? Well, after the next few shows at some of Australia’s most interesting festivals the lads plan on heading back into the studio; this time to record and document some of the sadder, darker and more forgotten events that shaped Australia’s rich rural outback history. With support from Castlemaine and its beautiful 150 year old Theatre Royal, the environment to capture these ideas and emotions couldn’t be more fitting.
BEWARE THE LOCALISED APOCALYPSE
“If hell ever needs a saloon band, the Devil won’t have too far to look.” Steve Bell, Time Off Mag
Sat 19 Jan Hobart
The Garden Party, Recital Centre
Sat 2 Feb Melbourne
West Coast Blues ‘n’ Roots
Sun 24 Mar Perth