When Early Graves’ frontman, Makh Daniels, tragically died in a tour van crash last August, many thought that it marked the end of what had been a very promising band. Most people – Thrash Hits included – had only just started to familiarise themselves with the band following the release of their second album, Goner, a mere handful of months earlier. However, the band made the decision to power on, and today they confirmed the identity of their new vocalist: John Strachan of The Funeral Pyre.
The official statement from the band is as follows:
So I’m sure that most of you that are interested in the band have already read, but I feel like we should probably say something because we are getting real good at being silent about our band. John Strachan is our new vocalist. There is no way to replace Makh Daniels, and in a lot of ways he’ll never be “replaced”. His voice was huge and his lyrics were amazing and he was one of the funniest dudes I have ever had the pleasure to be around, and we miss our friend more than you could possibly imagine. The last year has been difficult on all of us, however we are pressing forward with a close friend and a fantastic singer. We are incredibly excited about how our new songs (yes that means we are writing a new album) are sounding and stoked to be playing all together again (yes we will be touring and playing shows again).
The information that Early Graves say that “most of you that are interested in the band have already read” is John Strachen’s new column over on Gun Shy Assassin, where he revealed his now dual-frontman duties on August 10. Go check it out – it’s guaranteed to be an intense ride (assuming he can think of some more things to write about…).