You’d be wise to get strapped in before hitting play on Drift, the new three-song EP from Toronto’s GREYS which comes out February 12th on Kind of Like Records. The EP kicks off with a raw, gut-churning roar from singer/guitarist Shehzaad Jiwani and takes off from there to create an unrelentingly powerful and explosive experience over the next ten minutes of music. Those who have missed 90s bands such as Fugazi, Drive Like Jehu or Shellac will find plenty in Greys to soothe their nostalgia for post-punk/noise rock.
And though Greys is young, their well-crafted songs demonstrate a mean, tight sort of sound far beyond that of a band that came together barely two years ago. Jiwani, who compares their songwriting to vomiting, says of the process, “It’s like you feel this building up inside of you and you have to puke it out.” And though the analogy may be a little gross, the dynamism and force realized in these songs certainly makes it appropriate.
This week Stereogum highlighted Greys as a “Band to Watch” and premiered the track “Pill” from Drift, saying of the band’s sound, “It’s a masculine sound, a mean sound; it’s propulsive, pummeling, and often pretty exhilarating. It’s also a sound Greys have evolved to near-perfection over a relatively short lifespan.” Calling “Pill” an “addicting piece of music”, they go on to declare the EP “most satisfying as a whole, with the two breakneck scorchers leading into the epic finale. It’s not an easy balance to strike, yet Greys do it with confidence, agility, and abandon.” Read the entire write-up and stream the track here: http://stereogum.com/1222092/band-to-watch-greys/franchises/band-to-watch/
Greys are currently planning for a Spring tour of the US with dates to be announced early next year. Pre-order is available at http://kindoflikerecords.storenvy.com/
To listen to “Pill,” Click here.