In case you’ve totally lost your edge, GREYS are loud enough to shake you out of your bank holiday stupor. They’re a hot tip for all you guys that digged the Speedy Ortiz records last year (who are touring soon, dates below). Reminds me of Fugazi and METZ
Toronto’s Greys have shared a new video via Stereogum for their song “Guy Picciotto” off their debut full-length If Anything (out via Carpark Records and Buzz Records 6/17/14). In signature Greys style, the Amanda Fotes directed clip shows the quartet launching a speaker cabinet from great heights.
After the release of three EPs in as many years (2011’s Ultra Sorta, 2012’s Easy Listening and 2013’s Drift), If Anything sees Greys scraping raw the influences of their punk heros, bands such as Drive Like Jehu, Shellac, and Unwound, combining them with a dirty tapestry of angular guitar textures and irregular rhythms that propel the album’s 11 tracks forward at breakneck speed. Yes, the band writes noise rock, but it’s also some of the poppiest music that’s ever been allowed to lay claim to such a title. Greys have earned a reputation for their crushingly intense live show, one that’s as loud as it is satisfying.
“Most impressive… [their] combination of explosive distortion and harsh but pretty melodies suggested a band who helped invent the genre, not one exploring it 30 years after its birth.” – LA Times
“A 90-second blast of dissonant, bent guitars… You could call “Guy Picciotto” a little “on the nose”, but so is a punch to the face.” – Pitchfork
“With feedback-saturated guitars, catchy melodies, and the sore-throat yowls of frontman Shehzaad Jiwani, Greys sound like lost transmissions from the underground punk scene” – Rolling Stone