“The Wild West of Rock”
The Grave Jinglers are a rock band based in the Long Island / New York City area. The group is powered by frontman Doc Reinhart, an ex-medical doctor turned musician who started the project in 2011. He labels the project's unique blend of Rock, Western, and Country as "The Wild West of Rock" not only to describe the sound, but as an attempt to indicate the unrestricted and unchartered nature of the musical and lyrical content. The term "Grave Jingler," more generally could be taken as a representation of those who have figuratively returned from the dead. In that way, anyone could be a "Grave Jingler." Aside from any spiritual overtones, Doc's music has been heard on The Disney Channel ("Don't Waste My Time"), placed in the independent film "What Happened Last Night (2016) and has received stellar reviews. Skope magazine says, "It's hard not to appreciate good songwriting like this" and "there's no doubt – this is a very well-rounded out band that definitely contains a wealth of talent succeeding in any sound or style they seem to want to take on."
Doc's first release was in April of 2013, a four song EP entitled “Midnight Sun." Not having the right pieces in place at the time, Doc performed the EP almost entirely on his own. The album received steady airplay in several European countries and it prompted Mike Hauser from Cambridge 105 FM to state, “Don't know if I've said this before . . . but I really really do like these guys. Their music is absolutely amazing.” For his next release, Doc decided to join forces with various New York based musicians and on February 10th, 2015 released a first full length album entitled "Reign of the West." Again, tackling a wide range of emotion, the album has been described by Skope Magazine as, "An extremely rewarding choice; this blend of Rock/Americana works really, really well right from the opening track 'When I Shut The Door' as The Grave Jinglers demonstrate tight songs, skillful playing and perfect production on this album instantly." This self-released record made the US charts, hitting #4 in Relix #25 CMJ, and #234 AMA. In a short time, the band, which includes Charlie Rauh (guitar), Martin Doykin (bass), and Oskar Haggdahl (drums) has already performed at such notable venues as The Paramount (Huntington, NY), appeared on WBAI 99.5 out of New York City, and performed at festivals such as the Huntington Fall Festival and Jersey Shore Music Festival.
Although this group can sometimes border on comically ridiculous both on and off the stage, they demonstrate a commitment to finding that part of existence that is real and meaningful and you can really look forward to sharing this musical journey with them. Doc Reinhart and The Grave Jinglers plan on continuing to deliver their fresh form of untamed music and living up to their title as “The Wild West of Rock” so be sure to join the mailing list and check in regularly for upcoming shows and future releases.