Graveyard Lovers played a set at Gutter on Friday in celebration of the release of the bluesy two-some’s self-titled EP. The discs came in shrink-wrapped sleeves with some cool GL cover art; they had postcards too that you won’t find at any souvenir shop. A pitcher half full of bills sat beside the stack of CDs, and those in attendance could name their price. It was a steal for one of the best EPs I’ve heard all year. There was a decent crowd and already a sizable amount of green in the pitcher; the GL’s reputation precedes it.
The Gutter has got a Western-saloon vibe. Everything seems to be made of bleached wood, and you’d almost expect sawdust or sand on the floor. GL singer and guitarist Zach Reynolds was right at home here. The Louisianan has a distinct drawl and exudes a Southern gentleman’s air. When he asks you how you are it’s with genuine interest. Drummer Trisha Purvis was smiling as usual, interesting for a born New Yorker.
GL played all of its EP with another song you can expect to hear on the band’s LP, which was confirmed to be on its way. “This is the last show of a whole bunch we had booked,” Reynolds told the crowd. It was a night for achievements. Reynolds and Purvis can certainly be proud of the sound they’ve created. Reynolds handles the frontman position with Elvis-like panache, casting out a few rough-guy sneers here and striking a few poses there. He and Purvis hammered out their by now well-practiced standards with Reynolds taking a few extra measures to solo a little more or keep a groove going. “Sometimes I forget I have to sing,” he said. It was a quick set, Reynolds polishing it off with an airborne leap and a flurry of strumming. There are few better ways to begin a Friday night.
Photos by Alex Eriksen.