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3rd: Hi Greys, could you introduce the band to the Third Outing readers?
Greys: My name is Shehzaad and I sing and play guitar. Cam plays guitar. Colin plays bass. Barry plays drums.
Greys' sound in one sentence?
It's a madhouse.
“I'd hate to be an actor” is a stand out track. Could you tell us more about it?
That's probably our favourite song that we've ever written. It marries the loud, grungy aspects of our old stuff with the more melodic, droney direction we are going in on this next LP. It started as an upbeat Kinks jam, but then we slowed it down to make it sound like Swans and we were really happy with it. It's a lot of fun to play live. Lyrically it's about wanting to be physically close with someone but not wanting them to speak at all, just enjoy the silence, as Dave Gahan would say.
3 tracks on Repulsion, 3 different styles in a way. How has your music evolved with time?
We just listen to a lot of music and don't like to sit in one spot stylistically for very long. We still have loud guitars and fast drums and shouty vocals, but we just wanted to reconfigure that a little bit so it's similar ingredients presented very differently.
"Repulsion is a way clearer indicator of where we want to go with this band...if you can't add anything to what other bands have already done, don't do it".
Tell me if I'm wrong, but Easy Listening seems more straightforward? Repulsion is definitely more accessible, almost pop music. Do you agree?
They were written four years apart from each other so they really couldn't be more different. It feels like a different band entirely. I'm still proud of Easy Listening but I feel as though we've evolved to a more interesting and unique place than we were on that EP. We were still figuring out the band we wanted to be at that point. Repulsion is a way clearer indicator of where we want to go with this band.
The 90's revival is hitting music right now. Bristol based Spectres, for example, embody the new Shoegaze revival in the UK. How is it over in North America?
I'm not really sure. A lot of young hardcore bands seem to have discovered Hum lately, and about six dozen bands sound like Slowdive. We're trying pretty hard not to sound like a particular thing. If you can't add anything to what other bands have already done, don't do it.
You played with Viet Kong quite recently. I remember feeling a bit disappointed after seeing them live. How was it for you? And how was the tour in general?
I think they're one of the best live bands I've ever seen, and the tour we did with them was definitely one of the best tours we've ever done. Their audiences really liked us which was unexpected. We're huge fans.