With his new record, And the War Came, Shakey Graves extends the ground—emotionally and sonically—broken by his 2011 self-released debut album, Roll the Bones, which established the powerful, mesmerizing sound of Alejandro Rose-Garcia accompanying himself on guitar and a handmade kick drum built out of an old suitcase.

 

While his remarkable success story continues to unfold,Rose-Garcia sees And the War Came as a pivotal step in the evolution of Shakey Graves. “This is a doorframe album, as we’re going into a new building,” he says. “It’s taste of everything—what might come in future, which might include just guitar or the one-man band thing, but not pigeonholed to any one sound. I wanted to open some stuff up and get people ready for wherever it’s going.”

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