Graham Cochrane is not a member to one of today's slowly fading pop-culture fads. He doesn't cling to a gimmick in order to get noticed. He is instead a lover of music and art, and a single rotation of Graham's debut EP entitled Pipe Dreams will convince you of that.
Pipe Dreams is a brilliantly orchestrated melodic rock experience, layering honest, heartfelt melodies over raw guitar-driven musical arrangements. "I've always been a huge fan of early to mid 90s alternative rock music," Graham says. "Some of my biggest influences are Chris Cornell from Soundgarden, Stone Temple Pilots, and the Verve Pipe."
But to dismiss Graham at surface value as just another singer-songwriter would be to overlook the honesty in his music that makes him so much more. "Pipe Dreams isn't just a record to me," Graham says. "It's really a map of my life. To me, it represents a culmination of all my life lessons and the passions that drive me up until now." Through Pipe Dreams, Graham confronts his struggles in finding faith and learning to love. The album's title track, Pipe Dreams, deals with Graham's fear about entering the music industry. "Pipe Dreams is probably the song on the album that I'm most proud of," Graham says. "It's kind of about how bewildering the music industry can be and how that can drive you to ask yourself whether the dream is really worth it."
Graham plans to support and promote Pipe Dreams throughout his home state of Virginia during 2005. "Music has always been what I've wanted to do with my life," Graham concludes. "A lot of the songs on this record deal with me realizing that it might not be such a pipe dream after all."