What This Is
The Graze is the solo recording/performing project of Seattle songwriter Louis O'Callaghan. Iowa Anvil is the graze's first album, and is ten songs of melodic, hook-laden, lo-fi indie melancholia in sparse guitar-and-vocal arrangements as well as full-on rock.
Critics Like It
"...praise should be lavished on the Graze, the one-man project of songwriter Louis O'Callaghan. The band's self-released debut, 'Iowa Anvil,' is full of tender-hearted laments and wrenching ballads. His tentative voice holds the perfect blend of agony and restraint."
- Tizzy Asher, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Excellent debut from this local one man band 'the Graze' (Louis O'Callaghan). Passionate, heartfelt songs inspired by Elliott Smith or Nick Drake but with is own original voice. Great songs with the right amount of production and subtle guitar arrangement. Great debut."
- John Richards, KEXP 90.3 FM Seattle
"...the Graze's 'Iowa Anvil' is a highly entertaining and consistently strong first full-length..."
- Tom Scanlon, Seattle Times
"This CD is really fucking good."
- J.R. Zufelt, Music Director, KRUA 88.1 FM Anchorage
Iowa Anvil was in rotation at a number of college radio stations around the country (see www.j-shirt.com/thegraze/radio.html for a list), including KEXP 90.3 FM in the Graze's hometown of Seattle.