Spooky, moody, like stepping into an old black and white horror movie…all of these can describe the music that flows from the masked musicians that are The Cemetery Boys.
Article by Katie Cooper
Photograph by Fitz
Edgar Von Graves of the Cemetery Boys
Singer and bass player, Edgar Von Graves discussed his love of “old, dark and atmospheric” horror movies such as Bela Lugosi’s “Dracula”, “Bride of Frankenstein” and “Creature From The Black Lagoon” and explained when writing songs, he’ll start with a riff and then he can watch an old movie, create song ideas and pull dialogue for his lyrics. “I decided when I started The Cemetery Boys that I wouldn’t write about what everyone else was writing about- cars, girls and how awful everything is,” said Graves. The macabre also inspires Graves such as a walk through the graveyard, old houses, and hearses.
Their sound isn’t the only thing that separates them from the majority of bands you’ll hear in the 757. They’re also a two piece made up of Edgar Von Graves on bass and his son, Seth Von Graves on drums and no guitar. “Being a two-piece is limiting and challenging. It has a tendency to make a lot of the stuff sound the same but so far we’ve been able to pull it off with the help of some sound effects and a thick, heavy bass sound. I’m a minimalist and I enjoy the challenge. If we had a traditional band, we would just be another average band. I’d like to think we are somewhat original,” stated Graves. Their album out now has many songs they’ve been playing for years but have never been cemented on disc. Graves calls these songs “the bedrock of what we’ve been doing since the beginning” and said the album is “riff-heavy, minimalistic songs about ghosts, graveyards, vampires and corpses.” And expect another album out this winter with some lighter songs but with the same creepy atmosphere.
Article & Photography by Fitz
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