.45 Grave was a Los Angeles-based death-rock band whose macabre, morose and sometimes amusing music helped to get the goth-rock genre off to its shambling life.
In 1985, after gaining a fair deal of attention via gloom-ridden gigs and several depressing releases, the band split up, with Paul B. Cutler and Dinah Cancer (real name Mary Sims) going on to other projects, including Dream Syndicate, while drummer Don Bolles and bassist Rob Graves formed Silver Chalice with guitarist Geza X. In 1988, a sporadic series of reunion gigs led to a new live album in Only The Good Die Young and a somewhat revitalized career for the band, which came to a second and more final end with the overdose death of Graves in 1991. Don Bolles currently leads Celebrity Skin, while Sims is a member of Penis Flytrap. ~ Steven McDonald, Rovi