Thanks to a warm embrace from critics, Graveyard's 2012 album "Lights Out" is getting more attention than its two predecessors. And frontman Joakim Nilsson says the Swedish hard rock quartet is happy to welcome new fans whenever they join the party.
"We think this is our best album so far, so we're happy to have people finding us now," says Nilsson, 34, who co-founded Graveyard during 2006 in Gothenburg after playing in the bands Norrsken and Albatros. "We've been playing for a long time -- 10 years before we started Graveyard. We wanted to do something that was more straightforward rock 'n' roll than what we had been doing before.
"We were more, like, jammy before Graveyard. This time we wanted to do a little bit more of a straight rock 'n' roll thing."
But "Lights Out," Nilsson notes, goes beyond rock, incorporating elements of the blues both in style and in spirit.
"We wanted to make kind of a darker, heavier kind of album -- with the songs and the lyrics," he explains. "We wanted to deal more with issues that we think about every day, what the world looks like and things like that.
"It's kind of a depressing record in that way, and it's not like we feel we are a political band. But we're interested in what's going on around us, and easy to write about things you care about rather than writing (trite) lyrics like some other bands -- but I'm not mentioning any names."
Graveyard and The Shrine perform Monday, Feb. 4 at The Shelter inside Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 day of show. Call 313-961-6358 or visit www.saintandrewsdetroit.com.
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