Born Michael Emanuel on March 21, 1975
Michale Graves is a busy man.
Since he left The Misfits in 2000, he's released more new material than all of his former bandmates, combined.
He's currently on tour as the singer of the newly-formed band, Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg.
He recently finished filming for a horror movie he starred in, Perkins 14, directed by Craig Singer, for After Dark Films.
Within the past 2 years, Graves has been delivering his music through an uncharacteristically punk rock approach -- his last two releases and tours were acoustic.
Graves is also one of the many artists who support the case of the West Memphis 3. On his first acoustic album, Illusions, Graves collaborated with one of the 3, Damien Echols. Echols wrote the lyrics for a handful of tracks that appeared on the album, and Graves wrote the music.
His latest album, Illusions Live! 2008: Viretta Park, captures a live recording from his first acoustic tour, and also includes a handful of "demo" tracks recorded in Romania.
Acoustic or electric, Graves thrives in the energy of the moment and loses himself in the trance of sound onstage. However, if you happened to see him on one of his acoustic tours, you were in for a treat. There may not have been hundreds of people, packed shoulder-to-sweaty-shoulder, but perhaps that was for the best. Most times, the modest crowd was the perfect catalyst for the ambience and intimacy of the evening. Whatever cosmic influence Graves draws inspiration from, his powerful, booming voice resonates above all else when he's onstage, crafting his songs into emotional, haunting pieces.
Story by Bryan Schillo ©2008