The Grave Slave's Walks with the Dead when Talking to Us!



The Grave Slaves present a sound that covers many spectrum's of the psychobilly, punk, rockabilly, and gothic scene. They took sometime off their hands to discuss their past, present, and upcoming activities they have in-store for 2013!


1.What type of band are you?

Gothabilly/psychobilly.

2. Can you tell us the brief history of your band?

Late '05 Jaysin Graves and original lead guitarist Daryl Mitchell started as jam sessions, then recruited Dan Labato on drums and Dez K Daver on upright bass. That lineup lasted a couple years until Dez moved to AZ, and Jaysin took a break. In' 08 Jaysin decided to revive the band, and found Sideshow for upright bass and shovel bass. After several member tryouts, we found Blood Sweat Brett on lead guitar and Johnny Nails on drums. Once our solid lineup was formed in '11 we started playing shows again. The rest is history in the making.

3. Who was the one to come up with the name for the band and why the name the Grave Slaves? What do you think it represents for you guys as a band?

Jaysin came up with the name when a show was coming up. Names were tossed around and Grave Slaves stuck as it represents how we are slaves in our own personal lives, and grave represents the dark feel of the music.  
           
4. Who writes the songs, what are they about?

Jaysin does the writing. Mostly fictional ideas from his demented mind, influenced by distorted memories of his youth.

5. Who are your musical influences?

Variety of genres led to the existence of the Grave Slaves. Consisting of '50s rock n roll, classic rock, punk, new wave and early country. Screaming Jay Hawkins, the Doors, Cramps, David Bowie, Stooges, and Depeche Mode to name a few. Brett likes to squeeze his metal influence whenever he can.
 
6. How do you describe your music to people?

Dark ghoulish rock n roll. Or how Sideshow words it "Horrorgothpunkabilly with outlaw bluestonk influence".

7. What image do you think your music conveys?

Haunted images of a grave slave world.

8. Are you looking for an independent label deal or a major label deal or do you enjoy the whole DIY trekk?

At the moment we enjoy the DIY, but if the opportunity arises it might be something to consider.

9. What inspired the album title? Is it a concept album?

It's a line from one of the songs that we felt represented the album as a whole.

10. What are your expectations for the CD?

To get our music out there with the objective of influencing more people into this type of genre.

11. What are your upcoming plans for playing shows?

To continue playing local shows, and eventually tour across the country and abroad to bring our music to our fans, and to gain a wider fan base.

12. How do you promote your band and shows?

Collaborated effort between Internet, word of mouth, and flyers.
   
13. Describe your show, visual and musically for us?

Dark theme with ghoulish attire.

14. What advice would you give to fellow bands who want to be in your shoes doing what you do?

Set goals and stick to them. There will be bumps in the road and obstacles, but don't let that discourage you.

15. What inspires you to do what you do?

Our fans, the ability to share our music with them.

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