ALBUM: OUTER HEAVEN
LABEL: CARPARK RECORDS
Greys are a noise punk rock 4-piece from Toronto, Canada who this week will release their 2nd album 'Outer Heaven' through Carpark Records. It is the follow up to their 2014 debut album 'If Anything', and their 'Repulsion' EP from 2015. The band are comprised of Shehzaad Jiwani (vocals), Cam Graham (guitar), Colin Gillespie (bass), and Braeden Craig (drums).
The album has been produced by Mike 'De La' Rocha at the Hotel 2 Tango studio in Montreal, where the likes of Arcade Fire have recorded. There are 10 tracks which come in at just under 40 minutes, during which the band cover a wide range of styles and subject matters.
There's some straight up punk tracks, a couple of more rounded indie ones, some shoegaze, and some noise rock. It feels like Mike Rocha has really harnessed that raw dissonant sound the band had on their early work and combined that with moments of calm and space within the chaos.
The split between the two often occurs more than once during the tracks, keeping you on edge and eager to hear where the band take you, with one of the album's final tracks 'Strange World' aptly showing this. Overall Outer Heaven is a really strong body of work which clearly puts across the often ferocious but equally gentle nature of Greys, who must also be a delight to catch live.