Joe Castro & The Gravamen "Wake Up, You're Rockin'" Single (2018)
Joe Castro & The Gravamen "Wake Up, You're Rockin'" Single (2018)
Joe Castro & The Gravamen "Wake Up, You're Rockin'" Single (2018)
Modern Soul Records

Joe Castro & The Gravamen "Wake Up, You're Rockin'" Single (2018)

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Details: Limited edition release of Joe Castro & The Gravamen's lead single "Wake Up, You're Rockin'" from their forthcoming 2020 album "Come On Angels!". This numbered edition came out in 2018. Limited to 300. #194 of 300.

Description: "Based out of Philadelphia, PA, Mighty Joe Castro and the Gravamen is the latest musical project from accomplished collage artist and musician Joe Castro (ex-The Situation, The Lift Up, Nero /OPF). Heavily influenced by the sound of rockabilly as well as ‘50s rock-n-roll and doo-wop, the band takes that vintage rock and roll sound but updates it with a modern lyrical approach and a healthy dose of post-modern guitar effects. Consider it a house that resides at the crossroads where Sun Records and Creation Records meet.

The Gravamen was formed after doghouse bassist H00V3r reached out to Castro about forming a new band. H00V3r enlisted Dallas, his bandmate in Philadelphia punk rock stalwarts Thorazine, to play drums and later found hot-shot lead guitarist Michael Stingle floating around Mount Airy. The full band held it’s first practice together in January 2018 and shortly after recorded their debut EP, Wake Up, You’re Rockin’! that May with Grammy-nominated producer Jim Salamone at Cambridge Sound Studios in South Philadelphia. The 4 song EP was released in July of 2018, followed by a limited edition vinyl 7” release in October 2018.

According to Joe Castro: “We define ourselves as a rockabilly band because the term rock and roll these days has become so broad that it’s completely meaningless. But I consider us to be a rock-n-roll band in the truest sense of the word, in the tradition of the pioneers of the genre like Buddy Holly, Eddie Cochran, Elvis, Johnny Cash, Bo Diddley, and Johnny Burnette. My Dad grew up in Brooklyn in the’ 50s and would tell me stories about going to the Alan Freed shows at the Paramount and seeing Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Buddy Holly. As a kid, those guys were legends to me. Couple that with being taken to the drive-in to see films like American Hot Wax, American Graffiti and Grease – that beat was in my ears from a very early age. It’s in my blood. I’ve always loved it.”

Influences include Sun Records, Stray Cats, The Cramps, Buddy Holly and Richie Valens, combined with elements of punk and shoegaze with a lyrical influence of Morrissey, Tom Waits, Nick Cave, and Bob Dylan."

Grade: M (new/used stock)

TRACK LISTING SIDE A:

1. Wake Up, You're Rockin'!

TRACK LISTING SIDE B:

1. Don't Forget About Me