Taking bits and pieces from melodic British rock, 90's American angst, and the heartfelt honesty of singer songwriters past and present, Michael McGraw has adapted a simple style to convey his song ideas. Since 2001, Michael McGraw has been honing his songwriting skills in local San Diego bands the Yellow Miseries (2001 - 2003) and True Crime Authors (2004 - 2007). After a few years and countless home demos, Michael McGraw has crafted a 6 song e.p. that blends a folk rock foundation that's full of harmonies with modern touches built on sonic layers. This is a CD that doesn't compromise ideas, doesn't sound like this or that, and doesn't follow any particular scene. What the new record titled 'the Hillside e.p.' does do is entangle you in true, honest, good tunes. It's a sound that can sometimes hit you quick but always helps you to your feet. A sound that references many great artists like Stereophonics, King of Leon, Tom Petty and Elliott Smith but still twists itself enough to stand alone.