GRAVE DANGER [EARLY SHOW]

GRAVE DANGER [EARLY SHOW]

FLATHEAD, SURFSIDE IV

Sun, April 23, 2017

Doors: 12:30 pm / Show: 1:30 pm

$7.00

Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

GRAVE DANGER
GRAVE DANGER
For those arguing that rock 'n' roll is truly the devil's music, they might just have the evidence they need in the form of Grave Danger. It's not the band's sound -- which isn't really satanic rock, but actually a powerful melange of surf, punk and rockabilly. Nor is it the songs -- usually sprite instrumentals or tales of drunken and homicidal revenge. It's just that whenever this trio hits the stage, the audience -- composed of normally upstanding citizens and community members -- follows the band down a road of booze-fueled hedonism, excess and good old-fashioned destructive fun.

Led by veteran Arizona wildmen Kevin Daly (Hellfire, Grant & the Geezers) Rich Merriman (Keltic Cowboys, Rumble Cats) and Vince Ramirez (Flathead) the trio has been earning praise, popularity and costly repair bills for performances that have seen band members wreaking havoc, destroying stages and shaving their heads onstage (among other things which, for legal reasons, we can't mention here). Taking their cues from well-imbibed showstoppers (Janis Joplin, George Jones, Foster Brooks), a Grave Danger concert makes folks forget God, good manners and city ordinances, leaving most venues drowning in a post-show ocean of blood, sweat and broken bottles.

Now Grave Danger is bringing that sense of unbridled mayhem to its self-titled debut, produced by Daly and Jeff Farias and released as part of a joint venture between Rustic Records and Truxton label head Dave Ramsey. This 11 song platter finds the group mixing a fiery set of instrumentals with cleverly written odes to drinking, love, loss, drinking, hatred, drinking and murder...oh yeah, and drinking.

The group will be leaving its desert breeding ground soon and heading on tour in an effort to spread its unholy gospel across the country, with a plan for global domination by 2001.

One listen to this disc and you'll agree that the group's sound truly splits the difference between Link Wray and Anton LeVay. Forget the old bit about a rock 'n' roll heaven. If there's a rock 'n' roll hell, Grave Danger's gonna be the house band.
FLATHEAD
FLATHEAD
Guitarist and vocalist Greg Swanholm (b. 6/4/58) experienced college in Tucson, Arizona, studying computers by day and reverently hanging out at seminal "cowpunk" clubs by night. Moved by the trademark amalgamation sounds of Al Perry, Kevin Daley, Bruce Hamblin and other "desert rockers," Greg waited until he was 25 years old had and had moved to Phoenix before he picked up his first guitar, skipped lessons and formed Flathead with bassist Ruth Wilson and drummer Vince Ramirez. A digressive rock sensation on the alt country club scene, Flathead rapidly became a staple favorite, drawing crowds and defining the post-Gin Blossoms' Tempe sound with regular gigs at the Sail Inn and the Arizona Roadhouse Brewery. Widely considered as a band who has most successfully spun gold out of threads of roots rock, traditional country, and fast dry punk, the band has enjoyed an infectious distinct local appeal throughout the American southwest. Flathead's self-titled debut CD, recorded in Swanholm's kitchen and released by Truxton records in 1997, has been hailed as "completely fun" and has helped to keep traditional dance country well within reach for a broad contemporary audience.
SURFSIDE IV
SURFSIDE IV
The Surfside IV:

Killer instrumental surf sounds from Phoenix, Arizona...hundreds of miles from the nearest ocean. Fueled by a love of a Fender guitar drenched in spring reverb and the big surf beat (and perhaps a mai-tai or two), we don our fezzes and salute the lost art of playing real music with real instruments. See you at our next show!
Venue Information:
The Rhythm Room
1019 E. Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ, 85014
http://www.rhythmroom.com/