If you don’t believe in second chances then you don’t believe in J. Graves. After a four year writing hiatus frontwoman Jessa Graves (HelloKopter) returns to her purpose with the first full-length record of her musical career. Heavily influenced by Karen O, PJ Harvey, Emily Haines and other indie / Post Punk heavy hitters, she sings with the most heart wrenchingly beautiful grit you can get. You’ll dance, you’ll cry, you’ll feel everything you never wanted - but you’ll surely feel thankful that you got it. J. Graves makes sweet and agonizing garage rock for the ghosts of lovers past. Portland-based, Graves is joined by Barret Stolte on Bass and Aaron MacDonald on drums.
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" J. Graves gushes with vocals reminiscent of Karen O and Corin Tucker, and fans of Riot Grrrl will appreciate the punk sparseness of the instrumentation..."
"Calling all Riot Grrrls: Hear propulsive new music from J. Graves now and then celebrate the release of her debut LP 'Marathon'"
Katey Trnka, Vortex Music Magazine
"[J. Graves] at their first meeting someone said “Rock and Roll has too many strings attached. All we need is drums, bass, guitar and a vocalist singing their lungs out.”
"Graves’ vocals and guitar star, but the bass and drums are never truly take a back seat."
C. FRANCIS O'LEARY, Oregon Music News
"Jessa Graves (lead vocalist) is incredible, ... her delivery is so passionate and resolute."
"The Pacific Northwest – the land that gave way to Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana, Soundgarden, the Decembrists, She & Him and even the Kingsmen, have a new boast: J. Graves."
Mindy McCall, Indie Pulse Music
"Her voice floats above the guitar and the garage-rock percussion like a tug boat keeping afloat during a hurricane. She’s gritty, yet so full of hope. Her passion is unmistakable..."
"Fans of Nirvana – this is a no brainer. This is a band to keep on your radar and Graves has the charisma to march in stride with Kurt Cobain. “Chapters” has that Pacific Northwest cloak hovering over the pain and joy. It has that dreary, dark garage tonal values. Fall for it – the trip is worth it."
John McCall, Skope Magazine
"Jessa Graves’ charismatic delivery and fronting this band is part of the “Chapters” success, in my opinion, but again, the musicianship and overall vibe of “Chapters” is precisely what makes indie bands so enjoyable to discover. In a crowded mess of YouTubers, Instagram stars and Spotify lists, J. Graves’ “Chapters” is the real deal."
"Their new single, “Chapters” delivers a resounding fist in the air for listener’s wanting killer music – or in their words “sweet and agonizing garage rock.”
Michael Rand, Mobangeles
"J. Graves has got a voice like no other, and she belts out these verses like her life depends on it. Something tells me that, bells and whistles aside, she’s capable of delivering just as physical a performance on stage..."
"If this is what her sound is all about, then she’s in for a lot more attention as she prepares to release her debut album..."
John McCall, Too Much Love
"J. Graves has the kind of talent and heart you can’t help but root for."
"The song is full of the nuanced technical balance that can only result from great chemistry between the members. Together, they produce the sort of rock we want to see more of in the world."
Avril Carillo, The Deli Portland
"Hi J, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hiya Vents! Jessa Graves here from J. Graves. So excited to be answering some questions – thanks for having me!
There’s a ton going on right now in preparation for our next single release, upcoming performances, and a record release so I’ve been working on staying focused and productive and grateful."
Read the interview with Vents Magazine
"Which is to say I’m always waiting for the next Marathon. Albums like Marathon are important. Soft rock has never kicked me into gear. I don’t get lulled into action. From the opening notes of the single “New Favorite” I knew the album would be good"
"Marathon has that something, that mood built on guitar tone. It's dark, attractively deleterious, passionately delivered, and does not break for a ballad, bridge, or measure during its entire length. It’s a shocker of skittering cymbals and thudding bass, an ice bath of a punk album, a body seizing banger tinted with tones from late 70s Manchester (New Order), to early 80s London-goth (Siouxsie And The Banshees), to 80s nascent Portland DIY (LowTek, Ice9), and 90s post-punk.'"
Sean Jewell, American Standard Time