The Graduate are gearing up for the release of their debut full-length album ‘Anhedonia’ (meaning “the absence of pleasure or the ability to experience it”) and for a tour across the country which will include a stop at Austin’s South By Southwest.
After working the Midwest indie circuit for years in two now-defunct Illinois bands, five longtime friends finally joined forces in November 2005 to form The Graduate. The band quickly recorded and independently released ‘The Horror Show’ EP in April 2006, which among other things, garnered them a record deal and the cover of CMJ Magazine.
After several years of heavy touring with previous bands, these Springfield, IL natives have created quite a buzz and amassed a following that feels more like a family than a fan base. Formed in November 2005, The Graduate, collaboration between long-time friends Tim Moore, Corey Warning, Matt Kennedy, Max Sauer and Jared Wuestenberg, gained momentum in the Midwest ‘indie-circuit’ due to the memorable songs, interactive live show and friendly disposition of its members.
Holed up for weeks on end in Salad Days Studios in Baltimore, MD, guitarist Max Sauer
Describes the experience of creating ‘Anhedonia’ and working with acclaimed producer Brian McTiernan (Circa Survive, Senses Fail, and Thrice).
“It was fun and hard at the same time. He pushed us, like a coach would, and made us do our absolute best, so at times it was nerve-racking, like ‘Ah, I can’t do this anymore, I need a break for a little bit,’ but he pushed us and I’m really happy that he did because I love how it turned out.”
Best described as solid, mature pop-rock showered with sincerity and honesty, ‘Anhedonia,’ a name chosen for its reference to ‘lack of emotion’, reflects the idea of just existing. Singer Corey Warning notes that the guys came into their own during the recording process and the finished product encompasses everything they were striving to achieve.
“I think that the people who liked the EP are going to like the full-length [album], I’m pretty confident about that. I think it’s progressive for us. I feel like we’re really starting to define our sound and what we’re trying to do as a band with our music.”
March 1 – Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance *
3 – York, PA – Club 19
4 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall *
5 – Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues *
7 – Urbana, IL – The Canopy #
8 – Toledo, OH – Headliners #
9 – Grand Rapids, MI – Intersection #
10 – Pekin, IL – Fusion #
11 – Claremore, OK – The Tree #
12 – San Antonio, TX – The Sanctuary #
17 – Austin, TX – SXSW Indieclick/AbsolutePunk Party
April (w/ Punchline, The Fold, Permanent Me)
6 – Madison, WI – The Loft
7 – Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
9 – Des Moines, IA – House Of Bricks
10 – Springfield, IL – Capitol City
11 – Papillion, NE – The Rock
12 – St. Louis, MO – Creepy Crawl
13 – Columbus, OH – The Basement
14 – Edinboro, PA – The Hangout
15 – Buffalo, NY – The Icon
16 – South Hackensack, NJ – School Of Rock
17 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
18 – New York, NY – Knitting Factory
19 – Cambridge, MA – Middle East
20 – Portland, ME – The Station
21 – Providence, RI – Living Room
22 – Hartford, CT – Webster Underground
24 – Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church
27 – Cleveland Heights, OH – Grog Shop
28 – Pittsburgh, PA – Diesel
*w/ Jack’s Mannequin, The Audition, We Are The Fury
#w/ The Forecast, We Are The Fury, Scenes From A Movie