Those Lavender Whales
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Those Lavender Whales

Columbia, SC | Established. Jan 01, 2003 | INDIE

Columbia, SC | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2003
Band Rock Indie


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"Those Lavender Whales"

...the uniquely charming songs of Those Lavender Whales are instilled with a child-like wonder and reverence for the world and its majesty. - Free Times

"Those Lavender Whales"

Graves' simple, somber alt-folk tunes get by on strong and colorful imagery, witty wordplay and wonderfully lush arrangements that make excellent use of the slide whistle, bells, and other found-sound-type instrumentation. - Indierocket!

"Let's Be Friends! I'm Sorry I'm So Sleepy."

These five songs sway back and forth between dark and whimsical. But, the undeniable charm of Graves and Those Lavender Whales is never lost. - Sound As Language

"Show Press"

"Those Lavender Whales’ experimental, quirky, & unpredictable rock music brings happiness to my ears"
-Otis Taylor, the State
- State Newspaper (Columbia, SC


Tomahawk of Praise (2012) LP & CD 

Pilgrims, Friends, & Blood-ties (2010) Digital Download

Let's Be Friends! I'm Sorry I'm So Sleepy EP (2007) CD

How Many Things Can You Count On One Hand? EP (2006) CD-r

Those Lavender Whales EP (2004) CD-r



Aaron Graves grew up playing drums in Columbia, SC. When he moved to Nashville, TN in 2003 for college, Graves started writing and recording quirky folk-pop songs under the moniker "Those Lavender Whales." Using borrowed instruments and noises from objects found around his room, these songs were usually sent to friends and family or performed in close quarters.

By 2006, Those Lavender Whales had compiled two handmade EPs ("Those Lavender Whales" and "How Many Things Can You Count On One Hand"), and performances, though sparse, usually consisted of Graves and a rotating cast of friends who happened to be available to help at the time. 2007 saw the release of the five-song EP "Let's be friends! I'm sorry I'm so sleepy." along with two east coast tours. Those Lavender Whales released a collection of old and unreleased songs titled "Pilgrims, Friends, & Blood-ties" as a digital download or coupled with a t-shirt in 2010, followed by their first full length, "Tomahawk of Praise" in 2012 on Fork & Spoon Records. 

After starting a family and battling a brain tumor, Graves is readying the release of his second full-length "My Bones Are Singing" (produced by Toro Y Moi's Chaz Bundick) in early 2017. 

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