Gregor Barnett, guitarist/co-vocalist for The Menzingers, announces his debut release ‘Don’t Go Throwing Roses In My Grave’ due out digitally and on CD 18 February via Epitaph Records. The album will be available on vinyl 18 March.
Written and recorded in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, ‘Don’t Go Throwing Roses In My Grave’ is a sonic departure from Barnett’s more punk-leaning work with The Menzingers, drawing on the gritty, off-kilter Americana of Tom Waits or Warren Zevon as it faces down loss and doubt in search of relief and redemption. “It was this perfect storm,” says Barnett. “The band couldn’t tour, I was going through a really difficult time, and I was stuck at home watching my family struggle with illness and death and hardship. The only thing I could do was write my way through it.”
“Writing’s always been my way of making sense of the world,” Barnett explains treating his early lockdown writing sessions as something akin to therapy, a place to process his anxiety about his family’s health and wellbeing and the grief that came with the passing of his grandfather. “I was writing because it felt good to write,” he adds. “But once I got three or four songs together, I began to realize that there was a story there and that I should be documenting how I felt as I made my way through this really challenging chapter.”
After working on demos and mapping out the project in his home studio in Philadelphia, Barnett brought the songs to longtime collaborator and producer Will Yip (Mannequin Pussy, Quicksand) for a two-and-a-half-week recording session. Barnett also enlisted Yip to play drums and brought in his Menzingers bandmates Eric Keen to play bass, Joe Godino to add percussion, and Tom May to take the record’s cover photo. The result is ten vulnerable and stripped-down tracks that serve as a reminder to cherish the ones we love and the connections we have with them in what precious little time we’ve been given.
Today, Barnett shares the title track, ‘Don’t Go Throwing Roses In My Grave,’ in which he takes a look at the ritual of laying flowers in memory of the deceased; “It’s a beautiful way to honor the people we’ve lost, but I think a lot of times we forget to appreciate our relationships with those people while they’re still here,” he explains. “I wanted this song to be a celebration of life and what we have before it’s gone.”
Check out the Cover Art, Track-listing and video for the title track, ‘Don’t Go Throwing Roses In My Grave’ below.
1. Oh Lord, What Do You Know?
2. Driving Through the Night
3. The First Dead Body I Ever Saw
4. No Peace of Mind to Rest
5. Talking to Your Tombstone
6. Don’t Go Throwing Roses In My Grave
7. Hurry Me Down to Hades
8. Anthem For the One I Love
9. At a Greyhound Station, Desperate
10. Guest In Your House
To celebrate the record, Gregor Barnett will be playing a handful of UK shows in June 2022.
Check out the touring dates below.
Jun 08 Glasgow, UK – Stereo
Jun 09 Manchester, UK – The Deaf Institute
Jun 10 Leeds, UK – The Key Club
Jun 11 London, UK – Garage
Jun 12 Bristol, UK – Exchange
Jun 14 Dublin, IE – The Grand Social