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Blues duo tour the UK to promote new album
Australian duo The Graveltones return to Birmingham in September as part of a UK tour to promote their new album, Love Lies Dying. They play The Rainbow in Digbeth on September 19.
Dynamic duo: The Graveltones
Now based in London, guitarist/ vocalist Jimmy O and drummer Mikey Sorbello formed The Graveltones in 2011 after bonding in Tin Pan Alley over a mutual love of acts like Captain Beefheart, Howlin' Wolf, John Lee Hooker and Queens of the Stone Age.
They played their first gig at London's 100 Club and recorded self-titled debut EP in the summer of 2011.
First album, Don't Wait Down, was released in 2013, the same year the band was nominated for the 'Best New Band' award at the Classic Rock Awards.
New album: The Graveltones
The album spawned a host of playlisted songs and saw the band tour extensively with the likes of Rival Sons, The Temperance Movement, Boss Hoss, Monster Truck and Cadillac Three. They also landed deals with cosmetic giants Rimmel, who used the band's first single, I Want Your Love, to front their national TV advertising campaign, and the Irish Lottery, which also used the single in ads.
The band also had the track Forget About The Trouble featured on the National Hockey League 2015 video game.
The much anticipated follow-up album sees The Graveltones deliver a piledriver of a record, bristling with aggression and crackling with energy. Laconic opener, World On A String, contrasts with the swaggering riff-fest of Big Money. Then there's the surf punk of I'm A Ghost and the instant groove of This Love's Gonna Break which has a Rolling Stones vibe.
Forgetting their troubles: Mikey Sorbello and Jimmy O
Jimmy O says: ''It's one of those things, when you record a bunch of songs and send them out there to play ball you hope you've raised them up good enough to take care of themselves, and all these songs seem to get along with each other real well. They make a good team. I think they're gonna be alright.''
Drummer Mikey adds: "Recording this album felt so right, we had the right producer and engineer and the sounds just fell out of us."
The Graveltones' 2015 UK tour dates:
Sept 16: Scala, London; Sept 17: Exchange, Bristol; Sept 18: Fuel Bar, Cardiff;
Sept 19: Rainbow, Birmingham;
Sept 24: Waterfront, Norwich;
Sept 25: Diamond Live, Doncaster;
Sept 29: Fibbers, York;
Sept 30: Ferret, Preston;
Oct 1: District, Reading;
Oct 2: Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes;
Oct 10: Wonderland, Hackney;
Oct 15: Jazz Café, London;
Oct 17: Crush Festival, Great Yarmouth.