Graveyard Train at the Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto, Canada (July 25th, 2011). © 2011 . All rights reserved.

Graveyard Train at the Horseshoe Tavern (July 25, 2011)

This is a late post and times have been busy, but as Melbourne country-horror six piece Graveyard say soon all will be gone… But before we all die, as Graveyard Train so enthusiastically informed the crowd gathered at The Horseshoe tavern would be rather soon, I best share some photographs and videos I took from the show.

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One of Graveyard Train's singers looking the part of a monster

As an estranged Australian stuck in south-west Ontario it is always nice to catch some Aussie bands touring through, and this show was a triple-Australian bill. Opening the night was acoustic-psychadelic-blues-wanderer Eli Wolfe. The first thing I noticed was his brightly painted guitar, followed by his menacing baritone growl. Sadly he didn’t just growl through everything (I have a soft spot for such vocalists) and switched into more crooning acoustic territory a couple of songs into his set. Then he shifted aural gears again and by the end of his set he had moved into full blown psychedelic guitar jams, which was quite impressive for one man with an acoustic and a stomp box.

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Eli Wolfe

Second for the night was Kim Chuchill who at only 20 years of age is a blues-folk one-man-wonder-band, and a master of his instrument like few of us could every dream of being. Kim is the sort of guy that makes other guitarists just want to hang up their instruments and call it a day.  His music consisted of acoustic guitar, harmonica, bass drum and vocals, all at once and all by himself. He would go from frantic strumming to intricate two hand tapping on his guitar, alternating between singing and wailing into his harmonica which was run through a vocal mike into some delay pedals which at times mimicked a vocoder, all the while slamming on the bass drum to keep the beat thumping along.

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The one-man-band-wonder-kid Kim Churchill

Words can’t really do it justice, you need to watch the videos. You can view some live videos I took of his song Tide, a cover of Bob Dylan’s Girl From The North Country, and his blues jam closing cover of Led Zeppelin’s Lemon Song. The singer from Graveyard Train said it best with “That was a lot of music coming from one man”.

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Graveyard Train

Finally we had the stars of the evening, melbourne country-horror sextuplet Graveyard Train. These guys combine country-folk-rock with comical horror themed lyrics and six-way baritone gang chants. They even have a hammer and chain player. I saw this band for the first time last New Years at Falls Festival and they blew me away then, and they still blow me away now. They put on a really entertaining live show and their music is also damn catchy.

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A real mans instrument: the hammer and chain

A personal favourite is the song Even Witches Like To Go Out Dancing and unless you are one of the undead yourself you can probably guess from the title what it is about. Other songs have lyrics ranging from having haunted clothes, to people haunting ghosts, to all manner of monsters, zombies and vampires, before finally finishing up with their previously mentioned doomsaying closer All Will Be Gone. If that is the case, you best make sure you see these guys while you still can.

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Country death rock
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Hammer, Chain, Beer, Harmonicas. What more could a band need?

See more photos at my Flickr photoset.

Youtube Playlist from the show:

Graveyard Train
1. Mary Melody
2. New Song
3. Fever
4. Boneyard
5. Even Witches Like To Go Out Dancing
6. All Will Be Gone

Kim Churchill
1. Tides
2. Girl From The North Country (Bob Dylan cover)
3. Lemon Song (Led Zeppelin cover)