Gene Simmons. Tsk. Tsk. Here is he spewing falsehoods during a somewhat recent interview with Rolling Stone. "But where's the next Bob Dylan? Where's the next Beatles? Where are the songwriters? Where are the creators? Many of them now have to work behind the scenes, to prop up pop acts and write their stuff for them." With all due respect to Gene, I couldn't disagree more with him on the state of rock. And here is why.
Its a shame that these older rock stars seem to be so out of touch with the current state of rock. It really isn't that hard to find good rock music these days. It just takes a little bit of searching. There isn't a regional "scene" anymore. Its a global affair and I wish these older rock veterans would do their homework. They have a large audience and could helps newer bands out. Band that truly deserve it. Sweden's Graveyard is one such band.
Graveyard have only been around for a few years and have already made some kick ass rock albums. And when I say "albums" I mean every song is awesome. Their second offering "Hisingen Blues" is tremendous from front to back. Hisingen Blues does not have one weak track. And it was recorded analog, which gives it a retro, quality sound. Im a huge fan of this type of recording. This is a real band. And they know how to play. This record is perfect on vinyl format. It really wasn't made to be listened to any other way. No track skipping needed. Just put the needle down and let your freak flag fly!
I was fortunate to see them live this summer in Columbus Ohio, opening for the mighty Mastodon and Clutch on the Missing Link tour. This music translates perfectly live. If you get a chance, go check these guys out. I can't wait to see them in a smaller venue on a headlining venture.