Graveyard Train, above, do a roaring trade in horror-inspired alt-country and bring their live show to Perth to play Rock-It this Sunday. You can also catch them at the Indi Bar on Monday, Mojo's on Tuesday and Devilles on Wednesday. We caught up with vocalist/guitarist Nick Finch to find out more.
What's with the name?
"Well, Graveyard Train, the name, came first before the band. I'm a big believer in coming up with the name first and then the concept and then worrying about getting the musicians and gigs and stuff."
If Johnny Cash, Frankie Lane and the Bride of Frankenstein got together in some sort of unholy orgy, Graveyard Train would be the result. Is that a fair call?
"That's pretty good, actually. Pretty humbled that you're mentioning Frankie Lane and Johnny Cash on the telephone to me. I'm a big fan of Frankie Lane, he's so passionate and so over the top. Throw in a bit of Wu-Tang and I'll be happy."
Ever watched The Walking Dead?
"I haven't but someone just gave it to me. Apparently it's like Days of Our Lives with zombies."
How 'bout doing a zombie concept album?
"We've done three-and-a-half albums pretty much and we've kind of run out of all the big monsters to do, so if we just focused on one and do a whole album on that it could be a way to continue Graveyard Train's career."
What's the career highlight thus far?
"One for me: we played at the Meredith music festival last year, which I'd been going to for years and years and loving. And people hold up their shoes for the band of the festival and the whole crowd did that for us as we played - it was pretty f…ing incredible."
Your LP Hollow was out earlier in the year, how would you describe it?
"We went less for monsters and more for death and not having a soul and that kind of jazz. But musically we've kind of done the alt-country kind of thing."
Liner notes say the LP was made by seven men in seven days: what did you do on the eighth?
"On the eighth day we cried. We were touring heavily and we didn't have time to spend a year making an album so we just wanted to f…ing smash it out. We slept for four hours a day and at the end it was all recorded, mixed and done."
So, what's a Graveyard Train live show like?
"It's pretty hectic. It's like a bunch of guys yelling at you for an hour and a half."
That's a good night out . . .
"Telling 1000 people that they're going to die is a really fun thing to do on a nightly basis."