Entries tagged with: Greys
Greys at Shea Stadium in July (more by Vladislav Grach)
The most intense band I had seen at CMJ so far was Joanna Gruesome, but after catching Greys at the Brixton Agency/MezzoForte showcase at Grand Victory last night (10/17), they give JG a run for their money. The noise punk band hails from Toronto and the most immediate comparison is their likeminded neighbors METZ (though both bands hearken back to the late '80s/early '90s), and like that band Greys are an utter force that you just have to see live. Greys set up with half of their members on the floor, encouraged the audience to tightly surround them, and were easily the loudest band on the bill. Especially if you're a heavy band, power and precision are pretty much requirements, not luxuries, but Greys have so much of both that I managed to get caught off guard by their tightness a few times. That could give a band some bragging rights, but they were humble for the whole set. No pics unfortunately (the one above is from their Shea show in July).
by Andrew Sacher
Milwaukee rockers Midnight Reruns make power pop with an edge recalling bands like The Replacements, Weezer, Superdrag, and other bands with a knack for crunchy melodicism. Their self-titled debut record is due out in November via Good Land Records (the same label that just put out Anniversary frontman Josh Berwanger's new album), and the video for one if tracks, "King of Pop," makes its premiere in this post. The song's about Paul Collins (The Nerves, The Beat) who also makes a cameo in the video, and depicts the band playing a messy backyard party, which is exactly the environment this song feels like it's made for. Check it out below.
Midnight Reruns have a few dates coming up, including a record release show in their hometown, and they'll be in NYC for CMJ when they play the Brixton Agency/MezzoForte showcase at Grand Victory (10/17) with Pity Sex, Kal Marks, Greys, Ovlov, Two Inch Astronaut, Dads and more. Doors for that show open at 3:30.
All dates are listed, along with the full lineup for that CMJ show and the new video, below...
by Andrew Sacher
The 20th anniversary celebrations for Nirvana's In Utero continue this week with, Milkin' It, a tribute album from a number of Toronto bands co-curated by Greys, The Wooden Sky, and the Hand Drawn Dracula label. In addition to Greys and The Wooden Sky, the compilation also features covers from Beliefs, Teenanger, Absolutely Free, Odonis Odonis, Hooded Fang, HSY, and more.
For the album, Greys took on In Utero's second track, "Scentless Apprentice," and that cover makes its premiere in this post. The headbanging riffage and dissonant chorus of this one was a great choice for the noise punk quartet who probably owe more than a little of their sound to tracks like this one. They do the song the justice it deserves, and you can listen for yourself, below.
Greys will also be in NYC soon for CMJ (as will a few other bands on the comp). Their currently announced shows include Cameo on 10/15 with Hunters, PUP, Big Ups, Kirin J Callinan, and Ovlov; and the Brixton Agency/MezzoForte showcase at Grand Victory on 10/17 with Pity Sex, Dads, Ovlov, Kal Marks and more.
All of their dates are listed, along with the song stream, below...
Hunters at Bowery Ballroom in April (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Hunters will celebrate the album with a hometown release show at Death by Audio on October 11 with a few local regulars, Total Slacker, Skimask, and Sleepies. Not long after, they'll also be doing some CMJ shows, including the one on 10/15 at Cameo with PUP, Greys, Big Ups, Kirin J Callinan and Ovlov; and the Panache showcase on 10/17 at Baby's All Right (146 Broadway) with Speedy Ortiz, Ex-Cult, Calvin Love, Homeshake, and Big Ups. Flyer for the latter below.
In November, Hunters will kick off a full tour with Cali garage punks Audacity. That tour brings the two bands to NYC for a show on November 30 at Glasslands, which (like those CMJ shows) also includes an opening set from Brooklyn post-hardcore rippers Big Ups. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Big Ups' debut LP, Eighteen Hours of Static, comes out January 14, and as usual they have a bunch of local shows coming up, including a lot during CMJ. All of their upcoming dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, Audacity is releasing a split 7" with The Coathangers on October 15 via Suicide Squeeze. The Coathangers recently revealed their contribution to the 7", "Adderall," which you can stream below. Their tour with Guitar Wolf hit NYC last night (9/29) at Santos. Anyone catch that show?
All lists of dates, song streams, and flyer, below...
Toronto punks PUP have some killer tracks out like "Lionheart" and "Reservoir," and they'll finally be getting a debut full length out on October 8 via Royal Mountain Records. They've also got a bunch of (mostly Canadian) shows for the coming months, including a return to NYC (they last played Shea in August) for CMJ. Their full CMJ schedule hasn't been announced yet, but we do know they'll be playing Cameo on October 15 with fellow Toronto punks Greys, '90s-inspired CT indie rockers Ovlov, and Brooklyn's lively Hunters. Stay tuned for info on any more PUP CMJ shows.
Many of PUP's dates in their home country are with fellow Canadian rockers and confetti cannon wielders Hollerado who released their new album, White Paint, back in March. Their video for "So It Goes" is in this post. Though Hollerado, who were last here in January, don't appear to be joining PUP for their Cameo show, Hollerado have their own NYC date happening a few days earlier at Glasslands on October 12 with The Features. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates for both bands are listed, along with a couple videos, below...
photos by Vladislav Grach
Greys at Shea Stadium - 7/19/13
Four bands who have no sympathy for our eardrums took over Brooklyn venue Shea Stadium on Friday (7/19) for a great all around show at the venue. The night opened up with some local rock 'n' roll from Heeney (who you may have just seen opening for Titus Andronicus, with whom they share a drummer). They were followed by another local band, the SST-sounding Weird Womb, who have been playing around a lot lately. Then came Toronto's pulverizing noise punks Greys, and finally the night wrapped up with Baltimore's Roomrunner, who give a new (or bring back an old) meaning to "grunge" in this post-Puddle of Mudd world we live in. Pictures of the whole night are in this post.
by Andrew Sacher
Circle Takes the Square (photo by Danin Drahos)
As discussed, Gainesville's The Fest is returning this year from October 31 to November 3, and they've just expanded their lineup to include more artists. Additions includes post-hardcore/screamo giants Circle Takes The Square, who have been reunited for a bit but still only rarely play US shows; Geoff Rickly's United Nations, who are also back, but have not been as active as Geoff's solo project; punk vets ALL; Titus Andronicus (who have multiple NYC-area appearances coming up); Fake Problems and more.
Those recent additions join previously announced names like Torche, White Lung, Bouncing Souls, Ceremony, Braid, Paint It Black, Samiam, Knapsack (reunion), The Draft (reunion), The Menzingers, The Lawrence Arms, Hop Along, Code Orange Kids, Creative Adult, Pity Sex, Mean Jeans, Retox, Lemuria, Greys, Tenement, Tim Barry, Toys That Kill, The Night Marchers and more. Tickets for The Fest are on sale now.
Circle Takes The Square returned in December, 2012 with Decompositions Volume Number One, their first album of new material since reuniting and second overall. It's not the instant masterpiece that their 2004 debut, As the Roots Undo, is, but it's still damn good. Download it in its entirety at bandcamp (name your price) or stream it in its entirety, along with the updated The Fest lineup, below.
Toronto noise punks Greys have some solid EPs and a recent split with Beliefs under their belts, and after having toured the US this past spring, they're set to make their return trip this month. They'll be coming over for I Got Brains Fest in Blacksburg, VA on July 20, but the day before that they'll stop in NYC for a show at Shea Stadium (7/19). That show's got a pretty great lineup all around, including Baltimore grunge lovers Roomrunner, Brooklyn garage punks Weird Womb, and Heeney. No advance tickets for that one, admission is $8 at the door. Show flyer below.
You can also catch Roomrunner in NYC even sooner at their previously discussed show at Death by Audio on Friday (7/5) with Speedy Ortiz, California X, Sediment Club, and No One & the Somebodies.
All Greys dates are listed, along with the show flyer and some song streams (including a new live recording), below...
by Andrew Sacher
Toronto shoegazers Beliefs released their solid self-titled debut album earlier this year, and they've just made a video for one of its tracks, "Carousel." It's one of the dreamier tracks on the album and the hazy new clip suits it well. Check it out below.
Beliefs will be in NYC for a previously discussed show at Shea Stadium TONIGHT (5/30) with Slowdance and Painted Zeros. It's their only currently scheduled North American date, so this one's worth catching. Advance tIckets for tonight's show are still available and there will be tix at the door as well. Show flyer below.
Beliefs also made a split 7" with their pals Greys (who we profiled), which will be available for free in limited quantities at the bands' upcoming Hand Drawn Dracula party in Toronto at NXNE. If you're not going to NXNE this year, you can still listen to both tracks from the 7", which are streaming below. The Greys song, "Dodgson," is much shoegazier than their usual noise punk stuff, which makes it fit in great with Beliefs' contribution, "Long Wings."
Streams, video and show flyer below...
Greys on the set of the "Carjack" video shoot (photo by Sarah Cramer)
Toronto punks Greys, who we recently profiled and interviewed and whose great new Drift EP is out now and can be streamed here or below, have finally announced that North American tour they were talking about in the interview. The tour kicks off tonight (2/28) in Ontario and hits NYC on March 11 at Cake Shop.
The band also mentioned a Brooklyn show too, and though one wasn't announced, they do have a break in their schedule on March 12, so maybe there's still one on the way. UPDATE: They also play Death by Audio on March 12. The Cake Shop show, DBA show, and most others on the tour are with Shahman.
Greys also made a video for Drift's opening track, "Carjack," which you can watch, and check out all tour dates listed below...
by Andrew Sacher
Greys (photo by Jesse Crowe)
Toronto noise punks Greys formed about two years ago when singer/guitarist Shehzaad Jiwani teamed up with high school pal Cam Graham (guitar) and began playing the type of abrasive guitar-based rock they grew up on. They eventually brought in drummer Braeden Craig and bassist Colin Gillespie, and turned Greys into the four-piece touring force that they are. They surfaced with the Ultra Sorta EP in 2011, followed by the Easy Listening EP in 2012, and they're about to drop their heaviest release yet, the Drift EP, on February 12 via their new home, Kind of Like Records. It was recorded by Josh Korody (of Beliefs) at Toronto studio Candle Recording (Owen Pallett, Austra, Doldrums, and more). That EP is making its premiere in this post, and you can stream it in its entirety below.
An easy comparison to make for Greys is their Toronto neighbors METZ (who're touring), but like that band, Greys have reached back to the noise rock-meets-post hardcore of early '90s bands like Drive Like Jehu, The Jesus Lizard, Unsane... the list goes on. You'll also hear elements of My War-era Black Flag sludge, Seattle scene grunge, and straight-ahead fast punk. Plus, the band are working on a full length right now and according to Shehzaad, one of the songs they're working on "sounds like early Sloan, or Guided by Voices, or Pavement."
Greys might look to the past for influence, but not without a wink in their eye. "Hey, we're late to the party," they shout on "Drag," with the sort of post-modern notion that nothing's really original anyway. And they do this while playing with the kind of urgency where nothing in the world matters for two and a half minutes except playing the hell out of their songs. The guitars are thick, the drums pound away in fury, and Shehzaad shouts with a burning passion as he delivers lines like, "We have no marching song to overthrow our leadership/We have no teenage anthem to make ourselves feel like shit," on "Drag," which itself could end up making a pretty good case for being either of those things. "Drag" is the EP's second track, and it's sandwiched between the fast-paced opener "Carjack" and the notably longer closing track, "Pill," a song about medical issues which opens with a discordant swagger and ends with the band literally sounding like they're drowning and screaming out for help.
Greys don't have a tour booked at the moment, but they're expected to head to the US and stop in Manhattan and Brooklyn this March, so stay tuned for that. Meanwhile, I just spoke to Shehzaad about the making of the EP, the Toronto scene that they come from, and a pretty crazy experience the band had the last time they played NYC. You can head below to read that interview and listen to a stream of the Drift EP.
The 2012 edition of Calgary, Alberta festival Sled Island is set to take place from June 20-23 at venues throughout the city. This year includes over 200 bands performing at 30 venues plus a large comedy schedule, film screenings, and art shows.
Sled Island 2012 will once again use outdoor venue Olympic Plaza as its main stage, featuring performances by Feist, The Hold Steady, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, The Dudes, Shabazz Palaces, Parlovr, and others.
Acts including Russian Circles, Hot Snakes, The Antlers, Boris, Thurston Moore, Willis Earl Beal, Trust, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Terry Malts, Neil Hamburger, How To Dress Well, The Evaporators (aka Nardwuar's band), DJ Jonathan Toubin, Hannibal Buress, Andrew W.K., Tim Heidecker, Archers of Loaf, and many more will be performing at various bars and venues. Check out the full lineup at the bottom of this post.
Full lineup and 2012 festival trailer below...