Rachel Barton Pine on electric violin
|Origin||Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
Rachel Barton Pine
Earthen Grave was founded late in 2008, as Jason Muxlow was working on a new album for The Living Fields, listening to a lot of Saint Vitus (an '80s doom metal band) and writing down various doom metal guitar riffs. Looking for who might be able to play this style of music with him, Muxlow reached out to drummer Scott Davidson, General Manager of Chicago's WPJX 'Rebel Radio' heavy metal radio station, and "things just snowballed.”
They then enlisted bassist Ron Holzner, formerly of Trouble, to help with this new project. Muxlow says of the first jam as a trio, “The first rehearsal was tough, but after we sorted out some issues with downtuning, things really jelled.”
Davidson, who had known violin virtuoso Rachel Barton Pine for many years through the Chicago metal scene, invited her to a rehearsal. Until this point in her career, Barton Pine had played only on a traditional acoustic violin, but participated in the band rehearsal using her new amplified six-string "Viper", an extended-range instrument related to the electric violin invented by Mark Wood. The band invited Barton Pine to join them shortly thereafter.
In January 2011, the band was named the "2010 Best New Entertainer" at the Chicago Music Awards.
On September 22, 2014 it was announced that Earthen Grave has disbanded.
Media / Attention
Since releasing their demo EP, the band has been receiving promising attention from even mainstream media, performing live on NBC's "Today" program on September 25, 2009 following a profile segment focusing on Barton Pine.
The band also received a short profile on the Chicago Reader's The List ("Critics' Choices and other notable concerts") by local music critic Monica Kendrick, specifically noting the unique sound brought to the group by Barton Pine's violin.
Last known lineup
- Mark Weiner – vocals (2008–2014)
- Tony Spillman – guitar (2008–2014)
- Jason Muxlow – guitar (2008–2014)
- Ron Holzner – bass guitar (2008–2014)
- Rachel Barton Pine – electric violin (2008–2014)
- Chris Wozniak – drums (2012–2014)
- Scott Davidson – drums (2008–2012)
- Dismal Times (Demo, 2009)
- Earthen Grave (Claude and Elmo Music: CECD001, 2012)
- Re-release of Earthen Grave with additional tracks (Ripple Music, 2013)
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- "EARTHEN GRAVE performs on NBC's "Today" show". roadrunnerrecords.com. 2009-09-25. Retrieved 2010-01-18.
- "The List: November 12–18, 2009". Chicago Reader. Retrieved 2010-01-18.
- "EARTHEN GRAVE performs on WGN's Midday News". wgntv.com. 2009-12-16. Retrieved 2010-01-18.
- "Earthen Grave – a Chicago Metal Band With A Twist". thecontrapuntist.com. 2010-01-06. Retrieved 2010-01-18.
- "Liner Notes for Dismal Times". RBP discography.
- Earthen Grave To Release New Self-Titled Album
- "Earthen Grave's New CD and 4/22 Chicago Show ..." Doommantia.Com. 2012-04-09. Retrieved 2012-05-17.
- "Earthen Grave Signs With Ripple Music, Re-Releasing Self-Titled Album". Metalunderground.com. 2013-03-14. Retrieved 2013-09-27.