Death In Graceland - Come On, Touch Me (Cover Artwork)

Death In Graceland

Death In Graceland: Come On, Touch MeCome On, Touch Me (2003)
Formula 47

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Born out of the demise of former Cincinnati bands, such as The Frantic Romantics, and NoArms.NoLegs., Death In Graceland has been bringing the "fuck you" attitude back to rock music for little under a year's time. With the release of their debut disc, Come On, Touch Me, the quintet has managed to pu.

Born out of the demise of former Cincinnati bands, such as The Frantic Romantics, and NoArms.NoLegs., Death In Graceland has been bringing the "fuck you" attitude back to rock music for little under a year's time. With the release of their debut disc, Come On, Touch Me, the quintet has managed to pump out seven tracks of unihibited energy, which epitomizes the band's evil- sex, drugs, and rock n roll sound, reminiscient to MC5.

"Dance Floor Disasters" opens the album, immediately imploring you to "shake your ass like you should - like those dirty motherfuckers in HOLLYWOOD!". The band's catchiest song by far, it serves as a good intro to Death In Graceland's sound.

For me "Sunsets of the South" serves as the highlight of the disc. Track Five, "Retro Color Clash", transitions smoothly right into this song, as the bass guitar chugs along. Soon the guitars begin to rise above the drums, and bass, right as Matthew kicks in with his distorted ramblings throughout the first verse, only to emerge from the muddle with his dark, soulful scream of:"And then she stops breathing." Perfectly fitting, the track is dark, and representative of what I think Death In Graceland is to me. A lot of people actually compare them to The Stooges, or MC5, however I am definitely not qualified to make that comparison.

Other songs such as "Retro Color Clash", and "Dragging The Lake" hold their own on the album, showcasing skillful guitars, and powerful drumming, as well as bass. Drive Thru Records fans be warned: this ain't no Starting Line. Harmonies, hell no... Sugar coated refrains that will make your ears bleed, definitely not... Pretty Boys, forget about it, although their hair cuts are pretty stylish, which in effect gives them a good look- not that it matters.

Anyways, Come On, Touch Me albeit an impressive disc, doesn't compare to Death In Graceland's live show.

Virgins to the experience of Death In Graceland Live should be warned of the drunkeness that ensues at the shows. Following that is a stage show that includes male nudity, along with the lead vocalist, "Matthew", working himself into a frenzy, including tossing lit cigarettes into the crowd's face. They might not know it, but they sure do know how to work a crowd.

Bottom Line: Death In Graceland's Come On, Touch Mehas brought a breath of fresh air to the music scene in Cincinnati, Ohio with their attitude, energy, and ability to write dark songs, that effectively tell good stories.

Death In Graceland: pizza boys by day - rock stars by night.

Get into it.


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Anonymous (October 1, 2003)


Vote for us for the City Beat awards. it takes like 30 seconds.


NoUse (September 30, 2003)

Dayton is ghetto.

Anonymous (September 30, 2003)

Cincy is no Dayton...Brainiac was the bomb!

Anonymous (September 29, 2003)

That name does not sound emo at all.


NoUse (September 29, 2003)

Go Cincinnati Bengals.

Anonymous (September 27, 2003)

I like Deceiving Ralph, and I like East Arcadia, but they're no more... Not sure if we're really on the rise yet, we may become a note worthy midwest scene, it must be lonely being chicago

Anonymous (September 27, 2003)

This is some good shit.
Check out the disc.
The Cincinnati music scene is on the rise.

Anonymous (September 27, 2003)

To the guy below who said the name Death In Graceland just screams emo--- trust me- I wouldn't compare them to any band that is considered "emo" these days, or any of the bands in the past that were considered emo.

They are worth a listen , and its just straight up rock n roll with an attitude.

Anonymous (September 27, 2003)

i love how everyone in cincinnati is all over digs nuts and the cincy scene. grow up. dig is a mediocre band and cincinnati fucking sucks as well as its bands.


Anonymous (September 27, 2003)

I put this cd on the stereo and my mothers started dancing!

Anonymous (September 27, 2003)

mmmm so sexy.

Anonymous (September 27, 2003)

This album is tops.. there's not a single song on it that doesn't rock my socks off.. if you haven't heard it, check it, it'll be worth your while.

Anonymous (September 27, 2003)

something nice

Anonymous (September 27, 2003)

they are hot...id like them all to touch me on the inside...and since music is all about physical appearance, i say they WIN!

Anonymous (September 27, 2003)

Hey, this is Matt. I sing for Death In Graceland. If you want to check us out, go to: http://www.mp3.com/deathingraceland

Our website is fucked at the moment.

Anonymous (September 27, 2003)

Oh and the pizza boy thing seems to be a motif for cincinnati punk bands, they're all fucking pizza delivery guys

Anonymous (September 27, 2003)

I'm surprised that they're talking about the cincinnati punk scene on here, the name screams emo, and we got way too many emo/crappy pop punk bands here but i may give them a listen to

Anonymous (September 26, 2003)

This is an excellent band and the review is awesome! Who is this guy and why doens't he write more reviews for this site?

Anonymous (September 26, 2003)

This sounds interesting. Cool band name.

NoUse (September 26, 2003)

www.cincypunk.com for more info on bands in the cincy area...

i'm a bit suprised that my review was posted.

TahoeJeff (September 26, 2003)

seems life everybody's dragging the lake these days..whats the deal?

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