SHAKEY GRAVES (Austin, TX)

SHAKEY GRAVES (Austin, TX)


“The first album was me wanting to burn down my life, cut my hair off, and run screaming into the woods,” says Alejandro Rose-Garcia. “This album is the trials and tribulations of becoming domesticated, letting people into your world and letting go of selfishness — the story of becoming a pair, losing that, and reconciling with the loss and gain of love.”

Rose-Garcia is professionally known as Shakey Graves, and with his new record, “And the War Came,” he extends the ground — emotionally and sonically — broken by his 2011 self-released debut album, “Roll the Bones,” which brought him national acclaim and, three years later, still ranks near the top of Bandcamp’s digital best-seller charts.

But while this distinctive arrangement continued to earn him an ever-expanding fan base on the road, Rose-Garcia knew that he wanted the follow-up to achieve something different. “With the first album, I didn’t have any expectations except my own,” he says. “This time, I was making something people were going to listen to out of the gate. I tried to maintain everything I enjoy about recording, the weird homemade aspect, but I was seeking a new, shining sound quality. The concepts for the songs are a little bigger. This is not the ‘Mr, Folk, Hobo Mountain’ album — it’s more of the Cyborg Shakey Graves. It’s definitely the next step in the staircase.”

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