"It might seem unfair to say it, but you can’t fully understand a Graph recording without understanding the band’s live performance. Typically a mix of cacophonous volume, agile melodies, shattered drum sticks, trashcan lids and tambourines, the band challenges the audience to keep up while they stretch the confines of the song to its limits. Have you ever seen those hexagon shaped toys that expand and contract when you pull on them? It's sort of like doing that...on a carnival ride. Most bands that perform so spastically and ecstatically in a live setting can’t translate the sound from that space onto a record. Graph is an exception to this rule.
EP2. As in, this is the second EP. As in, this title doesn't owe you anything, that’s not what we’re here for. Start with some fundamentals: 4/4's a bore. Angularity does not negate melody. While it may be overrated to say that a band defies categorization, some simply just do. Graph's sophomore release is sonic proof. It is lush without being droney. It is pop music without the corn syrup. They can easily fool you into thinking you know where you might end up. Here's the thing: you're wrong."
-Candace Clement (Bunny's a Swine)
released December 3, 2009
Graph is Ry Amidon, Andy Kivela, Matt Robidoux
Dirty brass sounds on 'Framed With Gold' by The Beautiful Friends: Steve Casey, Ian Durling, Eric Gagne, and Jentri Jollimore. Jentri and Steve also clap their hands on 'Box' and sing on 'Nuages.'
Album art by The Glass Museum: Eric Gagne and Mary Goldthwaite. www.thethinginthespring.com/the-glass-museum/
Produced by Graph