"The Wild West of Rock"
Doc Reinhart - vocals, guitars, bass, drums, songwriting
Charlie Rauh - lead guitar
Martin Doykin - bass
Joe Rende - drums, backup vocals
“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 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”) 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 Magazine/jambands.net, #25 CMJ, and #234 AMA. In a short time, this lineup which includes Joe Rende (drums), Charlie Rauh (guitar), and Martin Doykin (bass) has packed the house at the Vibe Lounge in Rockville Centre with Nashville’s Karla Davis (a finalist in the second season of The Voice), appeared on WBAI 99.5 out of New York City, and performed at events such as the Huntington Fall Festival and Jersey Shore Music Festival.
Doc Reinhart and The Grave Jinglers plan on continuing to deliver their fresh form of untamed music and live up to their title as “The Wild West of Rock.” One day they hope to be given the opportunity to play live for their fans in other parts of the world, but for now they will remain in contact through social media, periodic releases of new material, and local performances in the New York/tri-state area. They wish you all the best and hope to see you soon.
The tale of Doc Reinhart:
You may know of him already since a part of him still exists in most all of us, but Doc Reinhart is an ex medical doctor born and raised in a lower middle class family in the suburbs of Tombstone, Arizona. He remembers a distant life somewhat isolated, happy and protected, but all too soon he was released into a vicious and ignorant surrounding land. He tried hard to isolate himself and traveled many years on a path of discipline, questioning, self scrutiny and self-restraint, realizing that though he experienced the joys of overcoming his own limitations, obstacles and corruption, he possessed a growing anger and deep rooted hostility soon to be realized as the result of a lie. The world was nothing like he was shown, was not what he had remembered or imagined, and reflected none of what he had become. The tools he had developed to help others were constantly blunted with the blows of swords and sought after by the ravenous. The princess he wished to save would deem him charmingly brave, but unsettlingly dangerous and unbelievable. He would spend days at a time in dark rooms pondering these events and trying to reconcile his past. Though one could never tell by his light-hearted humorous spirit, Doc Reinhart has often been misunderstood and has enjoyed no more than random moments of solace or sympathy from a passerby. For this reason, he relates most wholeheartedly with the homeless and dejected. Doc Reinhart has the special power of mind reading and can manufacture light from disappointment and frustration born of the good. He has been known to mention a small town known as Wild Horse Junction. Nobody has ever confirmed its actuality, but he swears on his bones of its existence and tries endlessly to find it.
The entrance to this town supposedly reads:
“You have just entered Wild Horse Junction recently revitalized with the spirit of a fresh new perspective, where the old corrupted law of the west has been overthrown and replaced with the new establishment of law, that of no law, where no law is necessary because everyone has established this law in their own hearts, where no man or woman lies hungry and no child forlorn. The law of the land is love, but all the bitterness, anger and scars of the years that brought us here remain. They lie dormant, tamed and contained in the memory of its inhabitants and play like an endless film. Please do not feed the animals, but enjoy the show.”
Jingler - a person who talks in rhyme or in a catchy repetitious manner, or someone who drinks a lot
Grave Jingler - for your interpretational pleasures and conversational stimulation