Graveyard Club (Matthew Schufman (vocals, synths), Michael Wojtalewicz (guitar), Cory Jacobs (drums) and Amanda Zimmerman (bass, vocals) began inspired by a unique list of shared interests: the classic short stories of sci-fi author Ray Bradbury, the music of Ryan Gosling’s little-known band Dead Man’s Bones, and a fascination with both 50’s crooners and 80’s pop music. With an ever-growing reputation as one of Minneapolis' most entertaining and moving live acts, Graveyard Club has released two albums and an EP of their haunting brand of synthpop. They perform regularly at top Twin Cities venues (7th Street Entry, Turf Club, Triple Rock), and have toured nationally - supporting artists such as Elliot Moss, The Drums, Methyl Ethel, Cayucas, San Fermin, Beverly and others. Graveyard Club's songs have been featured on television for MTV, E!, and more. They continue to receive critical acclaim from local, national, and international press, and were a Minneapolis Star Tribune 2017 Are You Local? finalist for best new band. In November 2017 the band released their single, Ouija, and performed at the Iceland Airwaves Festival in Reyjkavik. The band’s third LP, Goodnight Paradise, was released in June 2019.
The Minneapolis quartet Graveyard Club makes moody synth rock befitting its name. “William,” a standout from the group’s album “Goodnight Paradise,” out Friday, is a brooding, yearning electro-goth song about reflecting on death to learn something about life. If it hasn’t been plucked to soundtrack “emotional realization” moments on screens of all sizes, music supervisors are sleeping on it.
CARYN GANZ, The New York Times
Whether you grew up with New Order, The Cure, The Smiths, or Echo & the Bunnymen or dig artists like Real Estate, DIIV, Wild Nothing, The Drums, or Arcade Fire this band and album are for you. Graveyard Club draws from, and connects, these great artists while having a unique and expressive voice all their own. Goodnight Paradise is a beautiful record. It's honest, melodic, catchy, layered and simple yet complex - it's a perfect pop album.
JAKE RUDH, Transmission, Minnesota Public Radio - The Current
Minneapolis' Graveyard Club sound like The Cure without the bouffant hair and smeared lippy or Echo & The Bunnymen wearing t-shirts and shorts on the beach. On tracks like "The Night is Mine" they breathe new life into the usually dark and gloomy genre of goth rock. - NME
New wave revivalists Graveyard Club have been hanging around since 2013, but with a sophomore album due out this year, 2016 feels like a good omen for the Minneapolis foursome. Though their sound is a tad retro, Graveyard Club is more than a nostalgia act for fans of The Cure and New Order. Matthew Schufman's soaring vocals and synth work makes Graveyard Club's music feel immediate, and grand gestures like "Sleepwalk" and "Fire in the Sky" from Nightingale create a heart swell when delivered at high volume. Their live show is a genuine conversion experience. - Go 96.3
"Their new EP ‘Sleepwalk’ is a six-shooter of nostalgic, beat driven atmospherics reminiscent of the better parts of the 80s shoe gaze movement... that other-worldly aesthetic permeates the tracks with reverb drenched synths and lilting vocals coming at you like a phantom teenage fantasy." -Killer Ponytail