Michael Emanuel (born March 21, 1975), better known by his stage name Michale Graves, is an American singer and songwriter. He is most well known as the lead singer for the 1990s re-incarnation of the Misfits from 1995 to 1998 and again from late 1998 until late 2000. Graves grew up in Dumont, New Jersey. He has also released several albums as a solo artist.
Life and career
Graves was recording a demo with his band the Mopes in Lodi, New Jersey, when their engineer, Bob Alecca, mentioned that the Misfits were reforming and holding auditions for a new singer. Graves bought the Collection I and Walk Among Us albums to familiarize himself with the band and became an official member shortly after trying out.
In September 2008 Graves confirmed that he would return to The Misfits if asked. "Jerry and I do not have a dysfunctional working relationship. Him and I both know and I know he knows that I am on board. It is a phone call away. I won't step back into what I walked away from, but the problem isn't with Jerry and I. The problem is with Doyle and with Chud."
On December 26, 2009 Graves appeared on stage with Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein and Dr. Chud's band Gorgeous Frankenstein at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville NJ who was opening for Danzig. While on stage the band (along with Graves on vocals) played four late 1990s-era Misfits songs: Helena, Lost in Space, Scarecrow Man, and Shining, but they were cut short from playing Dig Up Her Bones due to time.
Graves' singing can be found on American Psycho, Famous Monsters, backup vocals on the 1999 single "Monster Mash" and "Cuts from the Crypt". He also wrote original songs for the band, including "Dig Up Her Bones", "American Psycho", "Scream!", "Saturday Night", "This Island Earth", "Fiend without a Face", "Shining", "The Haunting","Devil Doll", "Witch Hunt", and "Fiend Club".
During a break in touring in 2000, Graves and Dr. CHUD formed a band called The Lost Boys. They played two shows before the Misfits regrouped to embark on another tour, which was their last tour with this line-up. The first Lost Boys show consisted of Graves on an acoustic guitar and vocals while Dr. CHUD played drums. They played Misfits songs they had written while in the band as well as songs which later came to be songs used for the band Graves which Graves wrote. The second show was the same music played as the first show, only this time the lineup consisted of Graves on vocals and electric guitar (he used Doyle's old Ibanez Iceman which has been used to record such Misfits albums as "Walk Among Us" and "Earth A.D./Wolfsblood" and was given to Graves as a gift upon joining the Misfits back in 1995), Dr. CHUD on drums and J~Sin Trioxin on bass. Later on as an encore set, JV Bastard took the stage and joined the band to play guitar as Graves sang. The four played "classic" Misfits songs from the 1977 to 1983 era of the band.
After Graves and Dr. Chud's split with the Misfits on October 25, 2000, they formed the band Graves which made one album called Web of Dharma. Before the band finished writing songs, recording, touring and even solidifying a lineup, Graves rejoined the Misfits, but only as a guest vocalist for a month during the M25 kickoff tour. He would perform Misfits songs written during the time of his tenure with the band to raise money for his new project, Graves. During a two-day break on their Web of Dharma 2 Tour, the band recorded what was to be new material for a second album in Ripsnorter Studios, located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The studio is owned by members of the Minneapolis Horror Rock band, Ripsnorter, who offered the band free studio time. The recordings were never finished due to disagreements between the mixing of the songs and have never officially been released. After two successful US tours and the verge of a breakout record contract, Graves dissolved due to differences between Graves and Chud, after only releasing one album.
Graves then formed Gotham Rd shortly after with Loki, JV Bastard and Paul Lifeless. Under the assumed name of Graves they recorded a five-song demo of redone Graves songs, three which were released on Web of Dharma and two other songs which had been written and demoed with the original Graves lineup, but not officially released. Around this time is also when Graves announced via his website that he would begin producing other bands albums on his off time. One such band is Stressbomb from Connecticut who recorded their first album "Self Medicate" with Graves as producer and his drummer Quincy as engineer during January 2006. After a few months of the band practicing, they decided to change the band's name to Gotham Rd. They released one album before going on hiatus so Graves could join the U.S. Marines. His last show ever was to be on December 31, 2004. They went on two successful tours. 2003's Seasons of the Witch tour, and 2004's Mourning Lights tour. Before their Mourning Lights tour, the band entered a studio to record three new songs they had written after their first tour. Out of the three songs only one, the song on "My Way", had been mixed. The only way it was available for listening was by requesting it on Seton Hall University's WSOU, Pirate Radio. Before going on indefinite hiatus they'd play one off shows in New Jersey when home from the Punk Rock is Dead, Graves solo tour. Their second to last show to date was held at the now defunct Connections in Clifton, New Jersey, in March 2005. The band announced "The Nightmare Rides Are Back" all over the net and played a one-time-only reunion show in Belmar, New Jersey, at the Goodwill Fire Hall with Cryptovyrus, The Zombie Mafia, and Johnny B. Morbid. They played a mix of material from Graves' solo works, Graves re-records, and Gotham Road, as well as some Misfits songs written by Graves. In 2008 and 2009 the band contributed some songs to the German compilation-CDs Get acquainted Vol. 1 and Vol. 2.
Solo projects and beyond
Right before his leave for the Marines, Graves was approached by Horror High Records to do a solo album. He eventually recorded his debut solo record Punk Rock is Dead in 2005. The entire album was written and recorded with friend and band mate in Gotham Road, Paul Lifeless on drums in only one month. After being honorably discharged due to a back injury, Graves went to embark on a tour in support of the album with Loki, JV Bastard and Matt Johnson.
In March 2006, Graves began a tour in support of Damien Echols and the West Memphis Three. Matt Johnson was replaced with Quincy Smash, who has played bass guitar for one of Graves' bands, The Mopes, before the Misfits. To coincide with the 2006 Halloween/Almost Home 2 tour, Graves' second solo effort titled Return to Earth was released on Halloween day of 2006.
Graves has written an album entitled Illusions with Echols. The album consists of 15 songs and has been released October 31, 2007. The lyrics are written by Echols and Graves, and feature J~Sin Trioxin and Quincy Smash. A year later, in October 2008, Graves released Illusions Live/Viretta Park, a combination live album and demo EP. It was recorded on 24 April 2008, at Club Bourbon in New Port Richie, Florida, and 8 and 9 July 2008, at Bucharest, Romania.
Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg
Graves began touring as the singer for Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg, which features the namesake drummer and at one stage members of the band Antiproduct, although the band now features a rotating line up. The band covers vintage Ramones songs live, and in 2010 recorded a cover of a Graves original song called "When We Were Angels", Originally featured on Illusions. In March 2011, Blitzkrieg also released another song written by Graves entitled, "If and When."
On September 28, 2012, Michale began a pledge through Kickstarter to release a new album titled Vagabond, which eventually was released on 6 February 2013. With Vagabond Graves showed a completely different side of his songwriting, as the album genre ranges between Folk, Rock and Country. The release marked the beginning of the highly productive and successful partnership between Graves and Hydraulic Entertainment. On 27 August 2013, the album Vagabond Acoustic has been released, containing 8 acoustically performed songs from Vagabond with a short description of each song.
Later in 2012 a second Kickstarter release was announced, Lost Skeleton Returns, which Graves referred to as a return to horror punk, and stated would feature 10 re-recorded classics as well as four new songs. Lost Skeleton Returns was released on June 20, 2013. Motionless In White vocalist Chris Motionless provided guest vocals on the track "Forbidden Planet". The album was supported by nationwide touring with Graves performing as his infamous "Skele-Crow" character for the first time in nearly a decade. Following the release of Lost Skeleton Returns, an instrumental version of the album was issued and made available to fans online. An extremely limited amount of copies of this edition were made. An acoustic album called Supernatural was released on 7 February 2014, and features acoustically performed songs of Lost Skeleton Returns.
On 3 June 2014, Graves released a new album titled Wanderer, a musical follow-up to Vagabond, which was successfully funded through his Kickstarter project. An acoustic version of the record called "Wanderer Acoustic" was released on 3 February 2015, following the tradition of Vagabond Acoustic and Supernatural. Later in 2015 a CD titled The Hydraulic Entertainment Demo's Volume 1 with demo recordings of songs from Vagabond, Lost Skeleton Returns, Vagabond Acoustic and Supernatural has been released.
In January 2016 the full band album When Worlds Collide has been released as the follow-up to Graves' album Lost Skeleton Returns. The album contained 11 new songs and combined Punk, Horror Punk and Monster Rock in Graves' typical manner. The record also included the sequel to the classic fan-favorite "Crying on Saturday Night", which is called "Dying on Sunday Morning". In Summer 2016 Graves recorded and released the album Bedlam, which is the acoustic counterpart to "When Worlds Collide". A new take on "Dying on Sunday Morning" has been added with the song "Feels Like I'm Dying". In the spirit of "Lost Skeleton Returns Instrumental" Graves released "When Worlds Collide Instrumental" later that year. Graves and Hydraulic Entertainment also made the demos of "When Worlds Collide" available for the fans and released a limited CD with early versions of the songs.
So far Graves has produced and worked on 14 music projects/albums with Hydraulic Entertainment.
Other projects / guest vocals
Along with the month long writing/recording session of "Punk Rock is Dead", Graves also laid down vocal tracks for the band "Summer's End"'s debut self-titled release. He wrote the lyrics and recorded the vocals for the song "Headwound." Graves wrote and sang on the album "The All-Star Sessions" made by all the bands which reside on the Roadrunner record label before his departure into the Marines. His vocals can be found on the track he penned with Trivium's guitarist/singer Matt Heafy, "I Don't Wanna Be (A Superhero)".
Graves appeared as a guest vocalist on the song "Zombie Romance" in Snow White's Poison Bite's album "Snow White's Poison Bite: Featuring Dr. Gruesome And The Gruesome Gory Horror Show", released on April 16, 2013.
In October 2014, Graves and the Russian punk band "Night Of Samhain" released a double-album on the Hydraulic Entertainment label. The first disc contains the entire album with English vocals, translated and sung by Graves. The second disc contains the original album by "Night of Samhain", sung in Russian by the band's lead singer Michael Shaforostov. In 2015 the second double-album "Revenge of the Zombies" was released, featuring acoustic renditions of songs from "Zombies Unite". The first 8 tracks are English versions performed by Michale Graves, while the second 8 tracks are Russian versions performed by "Night of Samhain".
On 28 August 2015, Graves started another Kickstarter campaign for "Nightmares", featuring a collection of classic horror stories read by himself. The project was successfully funded and released in late 2015.
On 27 August 2016, the Swedish punk band "Zombiesuckers" released their album "From Ashes", including the single "Endless Sleep" featuring lead vocals by Graves.
- American Psycho (1997)
- Dig Up Her Bones (1997)
- Evillive II (1998)
- Scream! (1997)
- Famous Monsters (1999)
- Monster Mash (1999)
- Cuts from the Crypt (2001)
- Punk Rock Is Dead (2005)
- Return to Earth (2006)
- Illusions with Damien Echols (2007)
- Vagabond (2013)
- The Lost Skeleton Returns (2013)
- Vagabond Acoustic (2013)
- Supernatural (2014)
- Wanderer (2014)
- Wanderer Acoustic (2015)
- Nightmares (2015)
- When Worlds Collide (2016)
- Bedlam (2016)
- Backroads (2017)
- Illusions Live (2008)
- Halifax: Live at the Musicroom (2009)
- Demos and Live Cuts Vol. I (2007)
- Demos and Live Cuts Vol. II (2007)
- Demos and Live Cuts Vol. III (2008)
- Demos and Live Cuts Vol. IV: The 1998 Sessions (2008)
- The Scarecrow Selections (Box Set) (2009)
- Drifter (2015)
- When We Are Angels (Single with Blitzkrieg) (2010)
- If And When (Single with Blitzkrieg) (2010)
- Zombies Unite (with Night of Samhain) (2014)
- Revenge of the Zombies (with Night of Samhain) (2015)
- Web of Dharma Recording Sessions (2001)
- Web of Dharma (2002)
- Seasons of the Witch (2003)
- Gotham Rd. Live in Portland (2004)
- "Animal Room" (1995) credited as The Misfits
- "Big Money Hustlas" (2000), credited as The Misfits
- "Bruiser" (2000), credited as the Misfits
- "Campfire Stories" (2001), credited as The Misfits
- "Perkins' 14" (2009), credited as Michale Graves
- "The Pier" (2011), credited as Michale Graves
- "Zombie" (2012), credited as Michale Graves
- "Half Human" (2014), credited as Michale Graves
- "Wanderer" (2014), credited as Michale Graves
- "Zombies" (2014), credited as Michale Graves
- "Ripper" (2015), credited as Michale Graves