Photo by Kristie Vantlin
Indiana mother of graves found a captive audience with their In dark dreams EP in 2020. The band’s clever mix of Brave Murder Day– Katatonia era, Futile-era Rapture, and endless rain-era October Tide continues unabated on its debut album, where the shadows adorn, via Wise Blood Records, an up-and-coming indie band. Consisting of Brandon Howe (vocals/keyboards), Chris Morrison (guitars), Ben Sandman (guitars), Corey Clark (bass) and Don Curtis (drums), the Indianapolis-based band is quick to talk about its dark melodies and of his gloom. compositional exequy, but there’s something – like with American peers Daylight Dies – that hits a little differently than their European counterparts. There’s a directness (not aggressiveness) at play with Mother of Graves rounding out the group funeral parade. Maybe it’s the occasional barrage of Edge of Sanity (inspired by old-time American legends) or maybe it’s the street grit that underpins everything on offer that sets the band apart. . Either way, he reigns.
Decibel and Wise Blood are delighted as Elohim Meth for the premiere of “Tears Like Wine” from where the shadows adorn. This track, recorded and mixed by Ben Sandman at GLB Studios and Wesley Heaton at 1857 Studios, respectively, then mastered by the ever illustrious Dan Swanö at Unisound AB, feels like it’s straight off the assembly line in 1996, its lead melody. lugubrious and gentle icy gallop like a corpse in February. “Tears Like Wine” pairs perfectly with Paolo Girardi’s (Forgotten Tomb, Oak) cover art with muted colors and rich context. Morrison and Sandman’s guitar work sings of loss while Howe’s disembodied roar laments the ensuing heartache. Obviously, the rhythm base – a beautiful 75 bpm – Curtis and Clark is deliberately designed around it all.
Vocalist/keyboardist Howe says: “’Tears Like Wine’ is probably one of the catchiest and most chorusing tracks on the album. It’s one of my favorites in every aspect since I first heard it. The melodies they wrote for him are the kind that will etch themselves into your memory and haunt you, but also lift you up. It’s personal. Consider it a dark romance, if you will. Immerse yourself and let it envelop you.
Discover the scorching days of summer in October with Mother of Graves and “Tears Like Wine”.