Greg Prato of Billboard.com reports that ex-MISFITS frontman Michale Graves is showing his support for The West Memphis 3 (the three young men who are believed by some to have been wrongfully convicted for murdering three young boys in 1993) by touring to support the WM3 and collaborating on a full album with one of the men, Damien Echols.

Inspired by a viewing of the "Paradise Lost" documentaries, Graves reached out to Echols' wife via email, who then put the two men in contact. "Damien and I started writing back and forth," Graves tells Billboard.com. "I challenged him to continue writing lyrics. I said, 'You can articulate what you're hearing and what kind of mood is happening, and I would put it to music.' And that's what he did. I would kind of meditate on it, pick up my guitar, and we wrote six songs together."

According to Graves, the music promises to be a departure from the singer's usual "horror punk" style. "It's, dare I say, kind of SIMON AND GARFUNKEL-ish. It's very folkie," he says. "It's powerful stuff though, because of where it came from. Damien will definitely be on the album — he'll say something. I don't think I can get him to sing [laughs]. But I can certainly get him to talk."

Read more at Billboard.com.


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