“One of the most frantic and energetic live bands around today, Graveyard Johnnys mix the primitive rhythms and animal-instinct of 1950′s rockabilly with the aggression and passion of punk rock from back when it was dangerous”
Graveyard Johnnys formed in 2008 in Chepstow, Wales. Their debut self-funded EP ‘Streetblocks and City Lights’ was immediately picked up on by champion of the underdog Mike Davies of the BBC Radio One Punk Show. Heavy rotation followed along with five BBC sessions, including two at the famous Maida Vale Studios.
The band, wasted no time packing their kit into a van and headed off on tour all over the UK , Europe and Scandinavia and were invited to play the cream of the Psychobilly Festival slots as well as a wide range of support slots with bands from Mad Sin to Turbonegro to Hayseed Dixie, amassing a mighty Graveyard Johnnys Army along the way.
Joe Grogan plays double bass and treats it with no respect whatsoever - complimenting the thunderous drum abuse that only a real life lumberjack like Tom Lord could produce. Just the sort of fellas the Psychobilly scene loves. With influences coming from Punk Rock and early Rockabilly, but steering clear of the usual well trodden gimmicks, the 2011 release of debut album ‘Songs From Better Days’ (Wolverine Records) showcased the band's thirst to push the boundaries of the genres. Following this album new guitarist Callum Houston is persuaded to join and finally gives the band a steady line-up and in 2014 Graveyard Johnnys hit the USA for the first time, touring extensively with the legendary Nekromantix
The new album ‘Dead Transmission’ continues the adventure; Piss and vinegar in places, affectionate in others, but rocking and stomping throughout. This is no stereotypical ‘billy album, this is rock’n’roll at it’s visceral best with some rousing tunes chucked into the mix of influences. There are lyrical nods to the past ,Dale Hawkins and Carl Perkins, the spirit of The Cramps, and maybe even a tribute to the Sex Pistols in there. Really? Probably not, it’s all in the interpretation...