In 2008, when Swedish psychedelic hard-rock band Graveyard played its first-ever show on U.S. soil, Rolling Stone’s David Fricke was in the house. The group’s set, part of the annual SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, was impressive enough that Fricke came away likening the band to “a prog-rock Free or a nimbler Black Sabbath.” “If Graveyard had made an early-Seventies private-pressing LP that didn’t sell squat, they would be record-collector legends,” he enthused. “Instead, they blew a few dozen minds at 9 p.m. on a Wednesday …”
In the years since then, Graveyard have been delivering versions of that same fuzz-soaked, denim-clad sound across three full-length follow-ups to their 2007 self-titled debut. The latest, Innocence & Decadence, which was released today via Nuclear Blast, swings, shuffles and swaggers through the shadows, at times evoking Blue Öyster Cult, Cream and the Doors, among other classic rock touchstones.
The sixth cut on the album “Too Much Is Not Enough” is a standout not only on the record but also within the band’s entire catalog. Complete with soulful female backing vocals, buzzing organ tones and stripped-back, slow-burning groove, the song suggests a long-lost Stax Records single. You can watch the new music video for the track above.
“We all know how it goes,” the band comments on the song. “There’s ying and there’s yang. Too little and too much and neither one is enough. Somewhere, there is love and the universe finds it’s balance in a perfect ballad.”
Graveyard, who completed a thunderous U.S. tour opening for Mastodon and Clutch in the spring, return to the states in December. For dates, visit the band’s Facebook page.