TEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL EDITION REISSUE OF BREAKOUT BANDCAMP DEBUT
TO PERFORM MULTIPLE LIVESTREAM
EVENTS IN MARCH
“Unlucky Skin,” the latest offering from Shakey Graves’ forthcoming double LP Roll The Bones X, is out now. The song was previously released on Shakey Graves’ 2011 Bandcamp exclusive debut album Roll The Bones and is now available on all digital service providers for the first time. Listen to the song HERE.
“This song stands as a thesis statement of the music I hear and the world I see,” notes front-man Alejandro Rose-Garcia. “Just another person stranded in time, trying to make ends meet with mixed results, knowing by and large that true unity and peace comes only beyond the skin, while at the same time struggling with the distinct impression that the struggle IS the point. If the hurt, the tears, the laughter, the love, the fear and the hope all only exist here, where we find ourselves now, then I say we savor it. Alone together until the end.”
Roll The Bones X, due April 2 via Dualtone Records, celebrates 10 years since the release of Roll The Bones. Accompanying the anniversary pressing are 15 additional tracks comprising an Odds + Ends LP, which stands as an essential document of Shakey Graves’ early era. Highlights include deep cuts, such as the first-ever true recording of “Late July,” a version that’s drastically different from the live rendition that’s generated over 14 million views on YouTube.
The special edition reissue has already generated widespread attention from Shakey Graves’ ever devoted fanbase, pre-selling over 2,500 copies of the deluxe vinyl reissue. Fans can pre-save Roll The Bones XHERE and pre-order the vinyl reissue HERE.
Shakey Graves is the brainchild of Rose-Garcia who released Roll The Bones on Bandcamp in 2011 without any promotion and little information about Shakey Graves. That year, Bandcamp made it a featured album for a month and from there it has stayed among the website’s top-selling records. Over the past decade the record has gone on to sell well over 100,000 units—despite being offered to fans on Bandcamp for “name your price”—and as a result Shakey Graves has garnered a massive cult following. “If you discover something for yourself, it will always hold more water because it’s tied to memory and coincidence,” Rose-Garcia says of embracing the direct-to-fan platform. “It gives you a sense of ownership as a listener.”
With Roll The Bones X, Rose-Garcia believes the release of his early output will provide some needed framing for his discography. It’s his genesis story, before he had the studio time to make his 2014 Dualtone Records debut full-length And The War Came or the full-band cohesion to create 2018’s Can’t Wake Up. To him, it’s a scrappy effort, but the most intentional work he’s ever produced. A decade later, he wouldn’t change a thing. “It’s a record that sounds like my years of exploration and influence, funneled through my abilities at the time—and it all became something bigger,” he muses.
Due to the crisis in Texas, tonight’s livestream event will now take place on March 23 at Austin’s Sagebrush while the performance on March 9 at Austin’s Hole In The Wall will go on as scheduled. In addition, Rose-Garcia donated half of his Shakey Graves Day Bandcamp sales to Free Lunch ATX to help those struggling through this stressful time.
Shakey Graves has sold over 400,000 records to date, while garnering over 325 million streams worldwide. In 2014, following the release of And The War Came, Shakey Graves won an Americana Music Award for “Emerging Artist of the Year” and the album’s hit single “Dearly Departed” sold over 500,000 units in North America alone. The 2018 full-band follow up Can’t Wake Up was released to critical acclaim and Shakey Graves continued to tour relentlessly, including prestigious festival appearances both stateside and abroad. Not even the pandemic could pause Rose-Garcia’s penchant to create. In 2020 he released the Look Alive EP to coincide with an ongoing documentary/music video project, “Hello Gorgeous,” inspired by the name of his studio. Originally a solo music project, Shakey Graves now features a rotating cast of band members with varying setups and iterations.
Additional information on Roll The Bones X can be found HERE.
ROLL THE BONES X (TEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY) TRACKLIST
DISC 1 (Roll The Bones)
1. Unlucky Skin
2. Built To Roam
3. Roll The Bones
4. I’m On Fire
5. Georgia Moon
6. Business Lunch
7. City In A Bottle (Live @ 2023)
8. Proper Fence
9. The Seal Hunter
10. To Cure What Ails
DISC 2 (Odds + Ends)
1. Years Ago (Interlude)
3. Oh The Reign
4. The Night (Interlude)
5. Dusty Lion
6. Word Of Mouth (Early Version) [featuring Isaac Gillespie]
7. The Haunted Guitar (Interlude)
8. Late July (Early Version)
9. The Daily All
10. Pansy Waltz (Demo)
11. Lonely Hill (Alt-Version)
12. The Teacher (Interlude)
13. Saving Face (Early Version Of Roll The Bones)
14. Bully’s Lament (featuring Isaac Gillespie & Morgan Heringer)
15. The Shepherd (Interlude)