© Ebru Yildiz
If you have not heard of Greys yet, then you have not heard their new record Repulsion. This is a shame, because with only three tracks, the Canadian outfit have proved they are the latest band to watch for 2016.
Hailing from Toronto, ON, Greys just stepped up into the big league. They used to be a post punk/hardcore band with fast drums and shouting vocals. They still are, but they have grown, grown into a mind-blowing set up whose new releases stand out from the rest of the crowd. Despite their affiliation with bands such as Viet Cong, Greys' sound is perhaps less original but way more likely to please a wider audience. And that's a good thing, making their “madhouse” sound accessible. And it's madhouse indeed.
Greys continue to expand their musical horizons by offering more of their own takes on older sounds: there are nods to the energy of Sonic Youth, or the The Fall's more straightforward moments to name a few. However, it would be to easy to just ride with the too-simplistic 'name-that-band' comparison. This record could expand their audience to an unprecedented degree. It is possessed by a peculiar energy and spirit that proves all the more alluring in its dark majesty.
"If you can't add anything to what other bands have already done, don't do it."
Though guitars are important, they're no longer absolutely everything. What sounds loudest is Greys' desperation to create. I'd Hate To Be An Actor is a stand out tune. Though the band confess it first started as an “upbeat Kinks jam”, it shows the new direction the band is heading to: grunge, loud, drone, but also melodic. You could think Nothing Means Anything sounds like Parquet Courts, but heavier. Or FIDLAR, only better. But still, it would be too easy. The melodic chorus comes to contrast with the shouty vocals and fast paste. The tracks grabs you to its cataclysm climax. It's what post punk has come to mean, the ability to further a genre.