Entries tagged with: The Dirty Nil
Gainesville punk bonanza The Fest has added more bands to its 2015 lineup. There's reunited hardcore legends Government Issue (who also play NYC this month), party animal Andrew WK, Ramonesy punks Mean Jeans, Gainesville vets Radon, one of Mikey Erg's many bands Hatrabbits, a solo set from KJ of Chixdiggit, emo revivalists Football etc, and more.
The lineup also includes a lineup of late '90s/early '00s Florida punks The Beltones, who played a few other reunion shows this current decade like Punk Rock Bowling 2012. To quote a 5-star Punk News review of their second and final album, 2001's Cheap Trinkets:
The Beltones possess a wide variety of influences-from rockabilly to the Pogues-and the convergance of such varying styles while maintaining a strong punk feel is no easy task. But the Beltones do it really well, and such talent recalls the brillaince of a band like the Swingin' Utters. Another reason this band stands apart from the rest is the emotional depth of the songs. I'm not going to make absurd comparisons by calling the lyrics Dickinsonian or whatever, but singer Bill McFadden is a pretty adept song writer. His lyrics of alienation, pain, lost hope are a refreshing substitute to the "beer guzzling because my girl left me so I'm gonna go to the pub and get in a fight with my bros backing me up" b.s. that is so prevalent in punk today.Stream Cheap Trinkets, and check out the full list of Fest additions and updated lineup, below...
photo: Weezer at Bowery Ballroom in 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The blanks have been filled in for the Riot Fest Toronto 2015 lineup. Most excitingly, Weezer is playing their two best albums (Blue Album and Pinkerton), and in addition to that, there's The Prodigy, Cancer Bats, Bleachers, Courage My Love and Ritual.
The new additions join Wu-Tang Clan, Rancid (performing ...And Out Come the Wolves), Motorhead (who announced a tour today), Echo & the Bunnymen, Thrice, Babes In Toyland, GWAR, Against Me!, Thurston Moore, and more. This year's Riot Fest Toronto happens September 19-20 in Downsview Park.
Tickets are back on sale. Updated poster below.
by Andrew Sacher
Run for Cover Records is really having an incredible year. Between Turnover, Adventures and Cloakroom, RFC is already home to plenty of the year's best indie rock albums, and now another can be added to that list: Citizen. We already saw the band's melodic grunge-punk beginnings taking a turn for the more atmospheric on last year's "Silo" single, but guitarist Nick Hamm told Billboard the new album is "completely dismissive of the trajectory of our peers and of the trajectory we were expected to take."
That's pretty true. If they went the trajectory of their peers, they'd probably make a shoegaze album. And I'm not sure what direction anyone else expected them to take, but I didn't think they'd get this heavy. The new album, called Everybody Is Going to Heaven, sounds like Daisy-era Brand New, In Utero-era Nirvana, and The Jesus Lizard. (In fact, the intro to "Stain" is almost identical to The Jesus Lizard's "Then Comes Dudley.") It was produced once again by Will Yip, who did their debut and tons of other great punk bands, and he pretty much gives the record his best Steve Albini impression, with huge snare drums and bare-sounding guitars and vocals. Throw in the fact that singer Mat Kerekes' scream has never sounding so throat-shredding, and this album is pretty much a must-listen for fans of heavy rock.
The album comes out June 23 via Run for Cover, and digital pre-orders are currently up for $5.
The band's only upcoming tour dates are Warped Tour with H2O, PUP, The Dirty Nil and a lot of bands you probably want to avoid seeing. That hits the NYC-area on 7/11 at Jones Beach (tickets). H2O aren't on that stop, but they did just announce two NYC shows with Rancid.
Stream Everybody Is Going to Heaven (via Spin) below...
UPDATE: More artists added.
Riot Fest Toronto returns in 2015 from September 19-20 in Downsview Park, and today the initial lineup has been announced. There's Wu-Tang Clan, Rancid (performing ...And Out Come the Wolves), Motorhead, Drive Like Jehu, Echo & the Bunnymen, Thrice, Alexisonfire, Eagles of Death Metal, Against Me!, Babes In Toyland, GWAR, The Thurston Moore Band, DOA, The Dead Milkmen, Moneen, Atmosphere, Doomtree, Andrew WK, FIDLAR, Tyler the Creator, and many more. Two of the headliners are TBA, one of which is performing an album in full, and a few other bands will be added too.
Tickets go on sale June 16, the same day that the full lineup will be announced.
All currently announced Toronto bands are listed below...
photo: Title Fight at SXSW 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Gainesville punk festival The Fest returns for its 14th year from October 30 - November 1, and today they added a bunch of more bands to their lineup. Additions include Title Fight, Modern Life Is War, another reunion show from The Progress, Into It Over It, Pet Symmetry, As Friends Rust, Pianos Become the Teeth, Smoke Or Fire (playing Above the City), Bigwig, Loma Prieta, TWIABP, Cayetana, Superheaven, Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate), Told Slant, War On Women, Pujol and many more. Full list of additions below.
The newly-added bands join Desaparecidos, The Menzingers, mewithoutYou, The Jazz June, Beach Slang, Iron Reagan, Modern Baseball, Lagwagon and many more.
Tickets go on sale June 1. Lineup additions below...
photos by Carly Hoskins
"Watching this band City of Ships at Saint Vitus and it sounds like Far meets Young Widows. Very cool." - Dan Brennan
Single Mothers (who recently played one of our SXSW shows) brought their tour with fellow Canadian punk rippers The Dirty Nil to NYC last night (4/5) for a show at Saint Vitus. The two bands did some on-stage collaborating, with Mike Peterson from Single Mothers coming out during The Dirty Nil's set, and Kyle Fisher from The Dirty Nil returning the favor during Single Mothers' set.
It was a doubly special night, with local heavy/atmospheric rockers City of Ships celebrating the release of their upcoming album, Ultraluminal (due 4/21 via Science of Silence). Pictures of all three bands are in this post and continue below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: City of Ships at Union Pool in 2010 (more by Brian Reilly)
City of Ships are releasing the followup to 2011's Minor World this year with Ultraluminal, due April 21 via Science of Silence Records. If you're unfamiliar with the band, consider that they've released a split and toured with Rosetta, and that they're on a Hum tribute album, and you've probably got a pretty good idea of their sound. Also, if you've ever heard Deftones cover Jawbox, they're a little like that too. Get a taste of the new album from the single "Alarm," below.
They'll celebrate the record with a release show in Brooklyn on April 5 at Saint Vitus, where they'll actually be the opener on the previously-mentioned Single Mothers / Dirty Nil show. Tickets are still available. After that show they'll head to Europe to tour there with Junius. All dates are listed below.
photo: Single Mothers at BV-CMJ 2014 at Baby's All Right (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Ontario punk rippers Single Mothers, who were just announced for Primavera Sound, have also announced that ahead of that they'll be touring North America with fellow Canadian punks The Dirty Nil. That tour includes SXSW and comes to NYC after that on April 5 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates, including Long Island, are listed below.
All Single Mothers/Dirty Nil dates are listed, with videos of both bands, below...
by Bill Pearis
Toronto's Kyle Connolly has been making music under the Wish moniker for a while now, and just released hit debut album via Hand Drawn Dracula. It's fuzzy, hooky guitar pop not that far from Yuck (or, you know, Yo La Tengo) and features members of Beliefs, Decades and other helping him flesh out his creations. You can stream the new album in full and check out the kaleidoscopic video for "All the Time" below.
Wish will be on tour this month, playing NYC during CMJ at Palisades on October 22 which is the Hand Drawn Dracula showcase with Beliefs, Doomsquad, Lobby, The Dirty Nil, and Blonde Elvis also on the bill. Other CMJ dates may turn up, stay tuned. Meanwhile, all tour dates are listed, along with the album stream and new video, below...
Nick Cave at Prospect Park in July (more by PSquared)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Nick Cave @ Town Hall
Nick Cave returns to NYC yet again, for another screening of his semi-documentary 20,000 Days on Earth and a solo live performance. Sold out.
King Crimson @ Best Buy Theater
Robert Fripp's legendary prog band King Crimson are back and for this tour Fripp will be joined by Gavin Harrison (drums), Bill Rieflin (drums), Pat Mastelotto (drums), Tony Levin (bass and vocals), Mel Collins (Sax, flute), and Jakko Jakszyk (guitar, vocals). Crimson's got tons of different styles throughout their long career that dates back to the late '60s, so tonight should be anything but predictable. Third of four shows.
Wu Tang Clan, The Diplomats, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Curren$y, Lil Kim, Dom Kennedy @ Barclays Center
It's a stacked bill at Brooklyn's Barclays Center tonight of legendary hip hop from Wu-Tang, Dipset, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony and Lil Kim, plus a couple of the better newer-comers, Curren$y and Dom Kennedy.
The Drums, Beverly, Literature @ Bowery Ballroom
The Drums new album, Encyclopedia, adds some welcome dissonance to their usual helium-fueled surf pop. Tonight's sold out show features two superior indie pop bands: Beverly and Philly's Literature. There's a Sunday matinee show at Rough Trade too.
Backwords, Wild Yaks, Dead Stars, Radical Dads @ Baby's All Right
Backwords have come a long way from their folky beginnings and the band's new album, Nest, is fairly ambitious. They celebrate its release tonight with a very solid lineup of fellow Brooklynites, including classic-style indie rockers, Radical Dads.
Windhand, All Them Witches, Ilsa, Elder @ Saint Vitus
Windhand's doom metal (like most doom metal) is indebted to other bands, especially Electric Wizard, but they've got a sense of melody that makes them genuinely catchy. Their psych-rockin' tourmates All Them Witches are worth catching as well.
Kayo Dot, Islaja, Ill Convoy @ Trans-Pecos
Art metallers Kayo Dot have an insane palette of sounds on their upcoming album, Coffins on Io (obviously), and tonight they'll bring that wacky mix of styles to life at Trans-Pecos.
Kronos Quartet, Natalie Merchant, Rhiannon Giddens, Sam Amidon, Olivia Chaney @ BAM
The "Nonesuch Records at BAM" celebration continues today with an impressive lineup leaning towards the folk side of the spectrum.
Rhett Miller @ City Winery
While his band The Old 97's just released their new album, Most Messed Up, frontman Rhett Miller is in town tonight for this solo show.
Stiff Little Fingers, The So So Glos @ Irving Plaza
Jake Burns has kept the SLF flame alive through myriad lineup changes, though original bassist Ali McMordie is now part of the lineup again. Expect burners like "Suspect Device," "Alternative Ulster" and other favorites.
Yacht, White Fang @ Mercury Lounge
Having just singed to Downtown records, Portland dance duo Yacht will be trying out new material on this tour, plus old favorites too. This is their first of three NYC shows with White Fang. Tonight is sold out.
Those Darlins, Landlady, Heat,The Dirty Nil @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
It's another night of free music and not-free food, drinks, arcade games, shopping and more at the Brooklyn Night Bazaar. Tonight's a good lineup featuring Montreal's HEAT, Brooklyn's Landlady and Nashville's Those Darlins.
Palomar, The Oranges Band, So Cow, Overlord @ Cake Shop
Palomar have been around since the late '90s and have outlasted all sorts of other more hyped Brooklyn bands and scenes, putting out quality indie rock LP after quality indie rock LP. Tonight they play with another longrunning indie band, The Oranges Band, and Ireland's So Cow. That's a good show!
The Gooch Palms, Ed Schrader's Music Beat, New England Patriots, Mr. Transylvania @ Death By Audio
Seemingly every garagey/psych Australian band are on tour in the US right now, and tonight NYC gets Newcastle duo The Gooch Palms, their second of two shows here. DbA mainstays Ed Schrader's Music Beat are also a welcome addition to this lineup.
The Hacker, UNTOLD, Helix, Hank Jackson, Octo Octa @ 88 Palace
UK electronic musician Untold has put out tons of impressive material over the past few years, and had a hand in starting the post-dubstep movement, including an early association with James Blake. Tonight he's in NYC.
Javelin, Ejecta, The Great Void @ Glasslands
Avant-pop band Javelin team up with the Neon Indian-related and nudity-lovin' Ejecta tonight for this show at Glasslands.
The Dandy Warhols, Bonfire Beach @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Celebrating their 20th anniversary as a band this year, snarky psych-pop band The Dandy Warhols play their second of two MHOW shows tonight.
The Cave Singers, Ghost Pal @ Rough Trade
Folk rockers The Cave Singers return to NYC for two shows this weekend, this being the second.
Avi Buffalo @ Rough Trade (2 PM, free)
After taking time off for life stuff, Avi Buffalo is back with his second album, At Best Cuckold, which is another charming, cleverly arranged dose of acoustic-y indiepop. This is a free afternoon show (2 PM) and all ages.
United Waters, Samara Lubelski @ Silent Barn
NY's United Waters (the project of ex-Mouthus member Brian Sullivan) put out their album Sunburner earlier this year on Bathetic (the label Angel Olsen used to be on), and it's 8 tracks of good pop songwriting covered by a hazy coat of lo-fi. Samara Lubelski, who played in Chelsea Light Moving with Thurston Moore and several other projects, is on the bill too.
Doom, Hard Skin, EEL, Crimson Scarlett, Kicker, Nomad @ The Wick
Brooklyn's Burning continues today with UK crust vets Doom headlining, along with Oi!-sters Hard Skin, PE-infused punks EEL, dark punks Crimson Scarlett, the Neurosis/Filth/Dystopia-related Kicker, and Brooklyn noisecore rippers Nomad.
Steely Dan @ Capitol Theatre
Donald Fagen and Walter Becker bring Steely Dan's "Jamalot Ever After" tour to The Capitol Theatre . Wear your bad sneakers if you like, but we have a feeling they don't serve pina coladas there.
The Sugarman 3, Naomi Shelton & Gospel Queens, Daptone Records (DJ set) @ The Lot In Long Island City
The Lot in Long Island City is a free, all ages music & film series and today's afternoon entertainment features classic R&B/soul.
Jonny Greenwood (of Radiohead performing the score to "There Will Be Blood") @ United Palace Theatre
Paul Thomas Anderson's 2007 film There Will Be Blood makes its "live" premiere tonight and the event includes Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood performing his score along with help from the 50-piece Wordless Music Orchestra. This is night 2.
Bill Frisell @ Lincoln Center
Guitarist extraordinaire Bill Frisell, who'll soon be out playing shows with Sam Amidon, is with the Big Sur Quintet tonight, working work entirely from Woodie Gurtherie's catalog.
Dita Von Teese @ Gramercy Theatre
Burlesque star Dita Von Teese hits NYC for five nights as part of her "Burlesque: Strip Strip Hooray!" production. This is the final night.
Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival @ Bell House
The EMCF has two shows at The Bell House tonight: the always popular Pretty Good Friends, and then later one called "You Never Know Who Might Drop By." Both are sold out.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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Greys at Death by Audio in May (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
Greys have never been shy about their '80s/'90s punk/post-hardcore influences. There's a song called "Guy Picciotto" on their Carpark debut, If Anything, and the band have now paid more respects to their influences by covering Mission of Burma's "That's How I Escaped My Certain Fate" in a new Daytrotter session. You can stream the new cover below.
They've also announced a tour with fellow Canadian punks The Dirty Nil. That tour hits multiple US and Canadian cities including NYC on August 18 at Baby's All Right with Hector's Pets and Washer. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
List of dates, with the MoB cover, below...
by Andrew Sacher
PAWS at BV-SXSW 2014 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
Scottish lo-fi trio PAWS are currently on a North American tour with We Are Scientists which hit NYC for a Bowery Ballroom show last month (4/18). After that tour ends, however, PAWS will give NYC a chance to see them headlining in a much smaller, sweatier venue before they head back home. The band will hit Shea Stadium on May 24 and there's solid support coming from bedroom songwriter Alex G, Canadian punk rippers The Dirty Nil and Ma. Updated dates are listed below.
The Shea show doubles as the release show for PAWS' new record, Youth Culture Forever, which comes out in the US this week (5/6) via Fat Cat. If you liked the fast-paced and highly melodic tunes on their debut, Cokefloat!, you'll likely find YCF is packed with plenty more of those. You can stream the whole thing (via SPIN), with the video for "Tongues"and the list of tour dates, below...
Television @ Rough Trade, November 2014 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Now in its 32nd year, the 2014 edition of Canadian Music Week happens in Toronto from May 6 - 10. The festival/conference (not unlike SXSW) has released its initial line-up which includes M.I.A., Tegan & Sara, Ellie Goulding, Television, Neko Case, OFF!, The King Khan and BBQ Show, No Age, Woods and more. Wristbands and festival badges are on sale now.
On the conference side of things, speakers include deadmau5, Nile Rodgers, Amanda Palmer, Bruce Cockburn and more. The full Canadian Music Week 2014 initial line-up is listed, along with a flyer, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Canadian rage rockers The Dirty Nil had to push back the release of their upcoming Smite EP to February 18 but, though we'll have to wait a bit longer, the band have a new single to tide us over. It's called "Wrestle Yü To Hüsker Dü," and unlike previous single "Nicotine," which was a quick blast of punk, you wouldn't really call this one "punk." That same level of aggression is there, but it's channeled into a half-tempo sway rocker that falls somewhere between sludge and mid-90s alternative. It makes its premiere in this post and you can check it out below.
The band will also be coming to our side of the border in February, and while they're here they'll play a NYC show on February 20 at Shea Stadium with Calves/Le Rug, Weird Womb and Phone Home.
All upcoming dates are listed, along with the song stream and EP artwork, below...
King Krule at Glasslands in 2011 (more by Erik Erikson)
Phantogram @ Bonnaroo 2012 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
King Krule @ Webster Hall
Archie Marshall is an old soul trapped in a minor's body, a dichotomy made apparent on his terrific debut album, Six Feet Beneath the Moon, which mixes thoughtful songwriting with modern productions touches. Tonight's sold out.
Ida Maria @ Rough Trade
Norwegian singer-songwriter Ida Maria, once known for her wildcard electric performances, returns for her first NYC shows in some time. Will "Oh My God" still have the same punch?
Foley, The Dirty Nil, Shy Hunters, Tyburn Saints @ Glasslands
Tonight's finally the NYC debut of Canada punk rippers The Dirty Nil, who were supposed to play here in October but had to cancel at the last minute. If you like your punk quick and dirty, check this band out.
Phantogram, Until The Ribbon Breaks, Weeknight @ Terminal 5
While fans wait for Phantogram's new album, they can hear a few new songs -- like "Lights" from the Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack -- tonight at Terminal 5.
Sean Nicholas Savage, Zula, Regal Degal, Softspot @ Death By Audio
Prolific and a little eccentric, Montreal artist Sean Nicholas Savage mixes genres with abandon, as heard most recently on this year's Other Life, which came out on Arbutus Records (home of Grimes, Doldrums and more).
Dapwell from Das Racist (DJ set), The Kominas, Gandu Cirus, Ashni, Cerenkov, Gabe Merizalde @ Pianos
This is an afterparty for the South Asian Film Festival which is going on in NYC this week. Massachusetts band The Kominas headline, followed by a DJ set from onetime Das Racist member, Dapwell.
GOASTT (Ghost of a Sabre Tooth Tiger), Aaron Roche @ Union Pool
If anyone has a right to ape the psych-pop sounds of The Beatles it's Sean Lennon who does just that with his band Ghost of a Sabre Tooth Tiger who are now just going by the acronym GOASTT.
Elton John @ Madison Square Garden
With close to fifty years of pop/rock songwriting and a new album out this year that at least Rolling Stone likes, Elton John takes over MSG for what will surely be a night of hits.
Nothing Changes w/ Mueran Humanos, Reverso @ Home Sweet Home
South American synth-goths Mueran Humanos headline this week's edition of the popular late-night darkwave party.
O'Death, The Woes @ Brooklyn Bowl
Brooklyn's O'Death have been kicking for quite a while now, making their dark brand of gothic alt-country.
Occultation, Survival, Yautja, Razorheads @ Acheron
Occultation, the spooky rock/metal band featuring the guitarist of weirdo black metal act Negative Plane, kick off a week-long tour with a BK appearance alongside up-and-coming Nashville grinders Yautja and locals Razorheads and Survival (not the Liturgy side project)." Or something.
Big Terrific @ Cameo Gallery
Max Silvestri hosts the free weekly comedy show in the back of Williamsburg's Lovin' Cup. Tonight's line-up features Ali Wong, Andy Haynes, Phoebe Robinson, Chris Tellez, and Joe DeRosa.
Melissa Laveaux, Stranger Cat @ Cameo
Paris-via-Ottawa singer Melissa Laveaux comes to NYC to headline this show, and there's pretty great local support from Cat Martino's new electronic project Stranger Cat.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
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photos by Amanda Hatfield
Ida Maria @ Mercury Lounge - 12/3/13
Ida Maria, about six years after breaking out with "Oh My God," returned with a new album and some shows, including two in NYC this week. The first of those shows was at Mercury Lounge last night (12/3), and it was fun show, free of incidents, with a lot of the crowd singing along. Opening the show was NYC's leather jacket rockers Foley, and pictures of both bands (including one of Ida's setlist) are in this post.
Meanwhile, Foley plays Glasslands tonight (12/4), but most interestingly, it's also the delayed NYC debut of Canadian punks The Dirty Nil, who were supposed to play here in october but had to cancel. The Dirty Nil don't have too much material to their name, but just about everything they've got is pretty rippin'. We called "Nicotine," the single off their upcoming Smite EP, "an under-2-minute blast of punk speed and aggression with a quick mid-section of J Mascis-worthy riffage." You can check out that song's video below. Also on tonight's Glasslands show is Shy Hunters and Tyburn Saints, and tickets are available.
More pics from Mercury Lounge, along with the Dirty Nil video, below...
by Andrew Sacher
The Dirty Nil (photo by Jonathan Ely Cass)
Canadian rockers The Dirty Nil already have some killer singles/EPs, and they're set to release another EP, Smite, in January. The new single from that EP is the rippin' "Nicotine," which is an under-2-minute blast of punk speed and aggression with a quick mid-section of J Mascis-worthy riffage. The song and its video premiere in this post, and we highly recommend checking it out below.
The Dirty Nil were supposed to cross the border for their first US show opening for Crystal Antlers at Glasslands tonight (10/28), but unfortunately visa issues have forced them to drop off. The show is still going on as planned though, and The Dirty Nil have been replaced by another solid Canadian punk band, PUP, in addition to Brooklyn's Vasillus. Tickets are still available.
Meanwhile, PUP just joined another Canadian punk band, Fucked Up, at a Halifax Pop Explosion show last week (10/24). After opening the show, PUP came on stage during FU's encore to back Damian Abraham during "Queen of Hearts."
Video of the Fucked Up/PUP collaboration, along with the new Dirty Nil video and the updated list of Crystal Antlers tour dates, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Crystal Antlers at House of Vans in 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Long Beach rockers Crystal Antlers are set to release their third album, Nothing Is Real, on October 14 via Innovative Leisure. It's the followup to 2011's Two-Way MIrror and 2009's Tentacles. Check out the video for first single "Rattlesnake," directed by C.R. Stecyk III (Lords of Dogtown), at the bottom of this post.
Crystal Antlers have also announced a tour, which kicks off right after the album's release, and comes to NYC for a show on October 28 at Glasslands. That show is with another group who rawks, The Dirty Nil, one of the Canadian bands Greys told us they're fans of. Tickets for the Glasslands show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, along with that video and a Dirty Nil stream, 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.