Graven

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“Delicate picking gives way to powerful strumming. Melodic whispers ascend into a booming chorus.  Songs about lasting friendships end, memories of fleeting moments begin.  Songs that invite you for the ride down the highways of the prairies. Songs that paint a picture in your mind that go well with a full glass and your mates by your side. Canadiana folk rock, your son is calling.”

-Adrian Gregorich (ramsgateandhackett.com – March 2016)

Growing up, once-rapper Nepean white kid Matty ‘Graven’ McKechnie was a massive teen listener of J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr.), Stephen Malkmus (Pavement), Bruce Springsteen, Led Zeppelin and old school hip-hop. Having played in suburban garage bands since his mid-teens, he began to adapt and progress with the shifting musical terrain around him while still staying true to his idyllic influences. Graven’s songs are truly atmospheric, raw, passionate, personal and rare – and with a wild, rotating and circus-like band of hyper-talented individuals backing him (including his band The Dirty Hustle), his music generates interest and intensity. Having opened for and shared stage space with such artists as Dave Gunning, Tanya Davis, JD Edwards, The Wooden Sky, The Good Lovelies, Steve Poltz and Al Tuck, Graven is an active player in a few different collectives, and a consistent guitarist and vocalist for Lanark, Ontario songstress & up and comer Ali McCormick.

CHANNELSURFING THE SEAS OF THE CINEMATIC MIND (2015)

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“Ottawa musician Matt McKechnie also known as ‘Graven’ is a singer –song writer with moving, poetic, thoughtful lyrics…The 20-song album is about the idea that sometimes life is like a foreign film. It features themes of death, redemption, pain and solitude.”

-Adria May (Apt613.ca)

‘Channelsurfing’ is an epic memory-movie album collective and retrospective of the mind and music of Matt ‘Graven’ McKechnie. With eight releases under his belt, this is lucky number nine and his most sonically creative and daring to date. Dealing with fractured friendships and lost loves, there are no punches pulled in this vivid kaleidoscope of guitar-driven and word-heavy soundscapes. Featuring some drum-work from Dave Marsh (Joel Plaskett Emergency) and engineering from Charles Austin (Matt Mays, The Super Friendz), the 20-song album features 10 brand new tracks and 10 remastered gems from the deep, anthemic back catalogue. The diversity in sound ranges from raging, shoe-gaze, howling rockers to subtle, campfire crooners. You can stream and purchase all 20 tunes here.

 

MUSIC:

UPCOMING SHOWS (2017):

APRIL 8 – IRENE’S

(OTTAWA, ON – W THE DIRTY HUSTLE & ALI MCCORMICK)

 

MAY 5 – THE ACOUSTIC GRILL

(PICTON, ON – W BEN MULLIN)

 

 

PRESS:

CHANNELSURFING THE SEAS…(2015):

“Ottawa musician Matt McKechnie also known as ‘Graven’ is a singer –song writer with moving, poetic, thoughtful lyrics…The 20-song album is about the idea that sometimes life is like a foreign film. It features themes of death, redemption, pain and solitude.”

-Adria May (Apt613.ca)

FROM MOUNTAINVIEW TO CANYON HEART (2007):

“It doesn’t take much effort to get this EP. The songs are made with honesty and heart and invite you along for a little drive down a black highway. It is a short trip any northwest music-lover should take.”

-Michael Dallas Miller (Burnside Writers Collective)

VALLEY THEORY (2009):

“I was quite taken aback by the sounds of the Valley Theory EP by the underground Canadian rockers Graven. As opposed to reaching out for the anthemic pop heights of its countrymen and women, these guys have opted for reinventing and revisiting some solid ‘90s Midwestern rock. If not for regular references to Northern touchstones like Halifax, the Northern Lights, and the Lodestar, Graven could easily and deservedly be mistaken for yet another hard-working bar rock band from the American Midwest. Matt’s sonic influences range from Wilco to Counting Crows, The Wallflowers, and the Gin Blossoms with twinges of Spoon and The Hold Steady present for good measure.”

-Adam P. Newton (Dryvetyme Online)

“Musically, the band puts the emphasis on a warm, spacious sound. It’s slightly fuzzy around the edges but never overdriven and never stretching past a comfortable gallop.”

-Bob Ham (PASTE, Portland Mercury, Stereogum)

“Graven may not set the world on fire, or even usher in a belated jangle-rock revival, but they’re good at what they do, and anyone else who pines for Toad The Wet Sprocket should find plenty here to enjoy.”

-iheartmusic.net

FEEL REAL (2013):

“”(Matt’s) smooth, evocative voice meshed well with their mellow sound and his ability to mix singing while playing the guitar and harmonica was very impressive…The harmonica riffs were so reminiscent of ‘The Times They Are A-Changin’ that the Tambourine Man himself might as well have been playing along with them.”

-Caroline Garrod (The Queens Journal)

“Graven’s lyrical content ranges from dealing with the everyday, skirting with the spiritual, to dealing with facing what you find digging through your old stuff in your parent’s basement…No matter if you’re young, old or somewhere in between, change in life is something we are all struggling with, and Matt might give you a fresh perspective.”

-Michael Pacitto (North Grenville Times)

 

 

PAST SHOWS:

(2016)

JAN 29 – CROWN AND KILT (RENFREW, ON – W Ali McCormick)

 FEB 26 – THE COVE (WESTPORT, ON – W Ali McCormick)

 MARCH 18 – ST. MARY’S HOSPITAL (KINGSTON, ON – private show – W Ali McCormick)

MARCH 19 – LOVE THAT BARR (PAKENHAM, ON – W Ali McCormick)

MAR 25 – THE ACOUSTIC GRILL (PICTON, ON – W Ben Mullin)

APRIL 1 – IRENE’S PUB (OTTAWA, ON – W Ali McCormick)

APRIL 9 – THE STUDY (MIDLAND, ON – W Ali McCormick)

APRIL 16 – THE MANSION (KINGSTON, ON – W Brad Sucks, Rae Corcoran

& Ali McCormick)

 APRIL 30 – O’REILLYS (PERTH, ON – W Ali McCormick)

MAY 10 – NOT MY DOG (TORONTO, ON – W Ali McCormick)

 JUNE 2 – LOPLOP’S (SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – W Ali McCormick)

-JUNE 3 – THE APOLLO(THUNDER BAY, ON – W Ali McCormick)

 JUNE 4 – (TBA) (SOMEWHERE NEAR WINNIPEG, MB)

 JUNE 5 – WOLF’S DEN CAFE (SANDY LAKE, MB)

 JUNE 9 – PIGGY’S (SASKATOON, SK)

(2015)

 

DEC 19 – THE BRANCH RESTAURANT (KEMPTVILLE, ON) – Graven & Friends w Brad Sucks, Ali McCormick, Doug Wallace, Bruce Enloe and more.

NOV 7 – THE BRANCH RESTAURANT (KEMPTVILLE, ON) w The Dirty Hustle – opening for Brad Sucks

SEPT 14 – THE BRANCH RESTAURANT (KEMPTVILLE, ON) w The Dirty Hustle – opening for Slow Century

AUG 22 – THE MANSION (KINGSTON, ON) w Amanda Giles and Rae Corcoran

JUNE 6 – THE GOLDEN ARROW (PERTH, ONTARIO) – w Ali McCormick and Dom De Luca

MAY 29 – THE MANSION (KINGSTON, ONTARIO) – w Rae Corcoran

MAY 24 – DANDELION FESTIVAL (KEMPTVILLE, ONTARIO) – 10:45 am

****WAYFARING WEST TOUR (W ALI MCCORMICK)****

May 20 Lacey-Lou Tapas Lounge / Victoria BC

May 17 Attending Logan’s Open Mic Hootenanny / Victoria, BC

May 16 Duncan Showroom / Duncan, BC

May 15 Char’s Landing / Port Alberni BC

May 14 Red Tree / Courtenay BC

May 12 The Last Drop / Revelstoke BC

May 11 The Last Drop / Revelstoke BC

May 9 The General Store / Twin Butte AB

May 8 Bohemia / Edmonton, AB

May 7 Torchlight, Blues Can / Calgary, AB

May 6 Piggy’s Bar & Grill / Saskatoon SK

May 3 Wolfs Den Cafe / Sandy Lake MB

May 2 Double Decker / Brandon MB with The Young Pixels

May 1 TBA

April 30 LopLops / Sault St Marie ON

APRIL 25 – O’REILLY’S ALE HOUSE (PERTH, ONTARIO) – (opening for and playing with Ali McCormick – ‘WAYFARING WEST FAREWELL SHOW’)

APRIL 23 – THE BRANCH RESTAURANT (KEMPTVILLE, ON)* (vocals, guitar w Bruce Enloe & The Burning Sensations – ‘UNSEASONABLY COOL CD RELEASE SHOW’)

APRIL 17 – THE BRANCH RESTAURANT (KEMPTVILLE, ON)* (support guitar, vocals with Ali McCormick)

MARCH 20 – THE BRANCH RESTAURANT (KEMPTVILLE, ON) – opening for Dave Gunning

 

REAL OLD SHOWS:

11/17/2006 – SCOTT ST. CHURCH (ST. CATHARINES, ON)
01/22/2007 – ZAPHOD’S (OTTAWA, ON)
02/02/2007 – THE RED ROOSTER (BURLINGTON, ON)
04/25/2007 – THE HORSESHOE TAVERN (TORONTO, ON)
11/24/2007 – THE ARTEL (KINGSTON, ON)
09/26/2008 – RENAISSANCE CAFE (TORONTO, ON)
06/03/2009 – ZAPHOD’S (OTTAWA, ON)
06/17/2009 – THE HORSESHOE TAVERN (TORONTO, ON)
06/30/2009 – THE RAINBOW BISTRO (OTTAWA, ON)
07/04/2009 – DUCK’S ROADHOUSE (WESTPORT, ON)
07/16/2009 – THE MANSION (KINGSTON, ON)
11/14/2009 – THE ARTEL (KINGSTON, ON)
12/22/2009 – THE RAINBOW BISTRO (OTTAWA, ON)
03/11/2010 – THE CARLETON (HALIFAX, NS)
03/12/2010 – THE CARLETON (HALIFAX, NS)
03/13/2010 – THE CARLETON (HALIFAX, NS)
03/27/2010 – THE MANSION w (KINGSTON, ON)
05/01/2010 – AVANT GARDE w Texting Mackenzie (OTTAWA, ON)
05/22/2010 – ZAPHODS w Raccoon Wedding (OTTAWA, ON)
05/23/2010 – LE DIVAN ORANGE w Dave Norris (MONTREAL, QC)
06/30/2010 – ZAPHODS w Birthday Cakes (OTTAWA, ON)
07/31/2010 – THE BRANCH (KEMPTVILLE, ON)
11/03/2010 – BREEZE BAR w JD (OSOYOOS, BC)
11/04/2010 – CHOPHOUSE w JD/Trish (WHISTLER, BC)
11/05/2010 – MINSTREL CAFE w JD (KELOWNA, BC)
11/06/2010 – HOWE SOUND BREWERY w JD/Trish 
(SQUAMISH, BC)
11/07/2010 – CAFE DEUX SOLEILS w JD/Trish 
(VANCOUVER, BC)
11/08/2010 – DUNCAN GARAGE w JD (DUNCAN, BC)
11/11/2010 – PEMBERTON HOTEL w JD/Trish 
(PEMBERTON, BC)
11/15/2010 – THE CELLAR w JD/Trish 
(VANCOUVER, BC)
11/17/2010 – BEATNIQ JAZZ CLUB w JD 
(CALGARY, AB)
11/18/2010 – VERN’S w JD/tba (CALGARY, AB)
11/20/2010 – ALL CITIZENS w JD (BRUNO, SK)
11/21/2010 – CAFFE SOLA w JD (SASKATOON, SK)
11/30/2010 – MEET AT 66 w Tanya Davis (COBOURG, ON)
02/08/2011 – CLARK HALL PUB (KINGSTON, ON)

 

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