The Airplane Graveyard is a modern rock band that was born out of a road trip taken to Baja California in 2007. Dismayed with writing only folk music, Sands wanted to experiment with an electric group and enlisted a newcomer Pittsburgh studio engineer Nate Campisi, convincing him to switch from guitar to bass. Nate brought on longtime friend Chris McCune (drums), and wanting the perfect lead guitar sound, Sands hired pro Chicago guitarist Joe Darnaby. Ultimately, the group never succeeded in replacing Darnaby, and the expense of flying him from Chicago to Pittsburgh led to their demise within one year. The original group only played one show, at Pittsburgh's now defunct 31st Street Pub, opening for Chicago's The Low Anthem.