Still relatively new to the scene, Grave School is gaining traction after covering punk classic "We're Coming Back" by Cock Sparrer. With high-power guitar and Gina Almaguer's angst-ridden, pop punk voice, the band put their own spin on the punk classic. Almaguer, lead guitarist and vocalist, is a member of dream pop group Sheer. Helmed by Almaguer, the band is comprised of Daniel Castro, Gilbert Guzman, and Aldo Felix of ACxDC (no, not that AC/DC). Describing their sound as "catchy pop-rock with a hint of twee," fans of Best Coast and Man Overboard will find a new and welcome addition to their collection in this rising band.

I spoke to the band about future projects, their influences, and what exactly they did for Halloween. I also asked them how they would describe their sound; try to pick out my personal favorite.


How did Grave School form?

Gina Almaguer: Grave School started off just Aldo [Felix] and myself jamming here and there in late 2013 just for fun. I think he heard some of my solo stuff/covers online and we started to jam. Over time we started taking it a lot more seriously, so we added Guzie [Gilbert Guzman] and Daniel and it went on from there.

Who or what inspires you to make music? Any musical influences?

GA: I usually write to "release" things that are bothering me or to speak about things I can't usually express well. If even just one person tells me they can relate or that they even listened, it makes everything worth it.

As a whole, I'd say our influences are Dinosaur Jr., Rilo Kiley, Weezer, Jawbreaker and Archers of Loaf.

Aldo Felix: The end product is what inspires me. It starts with writing music I like and enjoy and finally hearing it recorded is what's most satisfying to me. Whether or not people like it, I ultimately do everything for myself essentially.

Daniel Castro: Having at least one person relate and appreciate our songs is good enough for me!

Gilbert "Guzie" Guzman: Personally, just the fun of getting to hang and mess around with my friends is probably the best and most inspiring part of making music with Grave School.

Describe your sound in 5 words.

GA: Riffs on riffs on riffs (but really, what Aldo said)

AF: Fun, happy, summer, energetic, lovable.

DC: Milk squirting out of nose???

GG: Beach, chill, groovy, euphoric, wavy.

What made you guys want to cover Cock Sparrer?

GA: Originally, Aldo wanted to cover the song with his hardcore band, but decided it would fit our style best. It's a blast to play and it's fun to see people sing along to it at shows. It's also a great song that celebrates unity and friendship which is part of the reason why it's such a fun song to play, since we are all close friends outside of the band.

What were you guys up to on Halloween?

GA: We actually played a festival in Arizona (Within These Walls) over the Halloween weekend so we didn't really have any tentative plans other than traveling and playing the show. We did play a Halloween-themed show the weekend before which was overall our favorite set to date. Daniel played in a Misfits cover band that night too and it was so spot on!

What are you listening to right now?

GA:: I've had the new Happy Diving record on repeat for a couple months now. I've also been loving Sadie Dupuis's new solo stuff (Sad13).

AF: Rilo Kiley discography.

DCl: Jank, Mourn and Crying.

GG: Haven't been able to turn off the Turnover "Peripheral Vision" record for some time now.

Any new projects in the works?

GA: Not really "new" projects, but we are all currently a part of other bands. Aldo and Guzie (and sometimes Daniel) are in a hardcore band called Human Garbage. Guzie also occasionally plays with LA punk band Nomads, Daniel is always starting smaller projects with friends and I also play in a band called Sheer. Human Garbage and Sheer are currently planning on releasing new stuff in early 2017.


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