Published Aug 07, 2020Double Grave's sound on their latest album, Goodbye, Nowhere!, could be described as avant-garde grunge or Dadaist pop — like a Kool-Aid-inspired watercolour on a rainy day. Jeremy Warden's voice contains a certain resigned angst and is accompanied by the occasional clean guitar strumming which dissolves into fuzzy, diminished-sounding chords.
The first track, "Out Here," is only two minutes long, beginning with wind chimes and ending with drumsticks counting in. This foreshadows the enigmatic and anticlimactic nature of the album. "Nowhere" is a 3:46-minute-long distorted, cacophonous interlude with a melody rising up, almost like Jimi Hendrix's "Star Spangled Banner" gone completely awry. The album ends with the slow, sad "Too Late," inviting comparisons to Eric's Trip and Elevator.
The lyrics heard through the album all tell the story of lost hopes and dreams. "I pushed you down, dragged you," "Should've been an actor…and have a story I could sing," and, "Hard times keep coming down on me…like a ghost with a sad little song."
There is the sense that Double Grave is turning the table over to see the underside. The back alley moves onto the main drag, for a minute. The story being told is reflected in the sound of Goodbye, Nowhere! (Forged Artifacts)