Name: Glass Graves
Origin: Oakland, California, US
Genre: Darkwave, Lo-fi Goth
by Glass Graves (self-released, 2010)
[free download from the artist's bandcamp]
[Exclusive Q&A with Gaby Graves after the jump]
1. How would you describe your sound in a few words?
2. Name 4 bands without whom you wouldn't exist.
1) Curve -- because Toni Halliday's voice still casts a spell on me, after all these years;
2) Barry Adamson -- because everything he touches is the soundtrack to a magical nightmare (The Birthday Party, Magazine, Bad Seeds, all his solo records);
3) Afghan Whigs -- because dirty lo-fi is a lifestyle, and because Greg Dulli's command over a crowd is frightful and fantastic;
4) Sisters of Mercy -- drum machines and total darkness -- I can't live without it.
3. If you'd have the chance to work with any film director, who would that be?
Wim Wenders, in the 1980's -- because his films had such a whimsical/tortured restraint during that era. Wings of Desire was pivotal for me. And his soundtracks were killllllerr!
4. Tell us a bit about the making of these songs.
I recorded Architecture in early 2010 during a snowstorm, in a ramshackle farmhouse with spotty electricity. I think the songs became infected with the spooky location of their birth -- like they're lurking in an echoey hallway.
5. Do you still buy CDs/vinyl/ tape?
Yes! As Pavement said, "songs mean a lot when songs are bought". There's a lot of great music coming out now. Lately I've been really into a lot of Siltbreeze and Sacred Bones Records releases.