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Greys (Carpark) Premiere “These Things Happen” on FADER/Announce new LP/Talk Experimental Approaches & Adam Sandler

“Outer Heaven serves as a most welcome reminder of indie rock’s iconoclastic potential, from a band committed to the belief that it could be your life.

“Band to Watch…Greys have evolved to near-perfection”

“Heavily cathartic rock

“One of the rare indie rock records this year…that feels like it has its ears and arms open…It’s a tough record to get a grasp on, but one you’ll keep reaching for as a result.”

“[Greys’] combination of explosive distortion and harsh but pretty melodies suggest a band who helped invent the genre, not one exploring it 30 years after its birth.”
LA Times

“With feedback-saturated guitars, catchy melodies, and the sore-throat yowls of frontman Shehzaad Jiwani, Greys sound like lost transmissions from the underground punk scene”
Rolling Stone

Toronto quartet Greys were last heard from in 2016 when they released their second album, Outer HeavenAn album Pitchfork described as “a most welcome reminder of indie rock’s iconoclastic potential,” it was a multi-faceted release that jumped off in surprising new directions from the sound that had inspired regular comparisons to the Touch & Go catalog around the band’s earlier releases. It marked Greys out as a different beast than many of their contemporaries in the prodigious Toronto scene that birthed them – restlessly experimental and difficult to pin down, endlessly inventive, politically aware and cerebral, confrontational but thoughtful, with a penchant for clear-eyed self-examination – Outer Heavenmade plain that Greys are a group with ambitions distinct from your average punk band, who delight in confounding expectations.

Today, Greys are announcing their third LP, Age Hasn’t Spoiled You, (due out via Carpark May 10th), an album on which the rate of the band’s evolution appears to be speeding up rather than slowing down. This is immediately evident on the album’s first single “These Things Happen” which is premiering now as part of a FADER feature on the new album. At turns buzzy and blown out, then sweetly melodic, Greys frontman, Shehzaad Jiwani, sites influences as varied as The Chemical Brothers, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, The Beastie Boys, and Madonna’s late ’90s hit “Beautiful Stranger,” on a track that warps and distorts Greys off the floor performances with a collection of experimental studio techniques. Opening with an effect-laden guitar loop and ending with a sample from a PBS documentary about the Black Panthers, the single presents a wide array of sonic textures as Jiwani’s lyrics explore his admiration for the political movements of the 1960s and his frustration with the way communication between fundamentally like-minded people is clouded and polarized within his internet-adapted generation, as Jiwani explains to The FADER:

“This song is about perspective and understanding during chaotic times,” says Jiwani. “I wanted to superimpose the socially and spiritually conscious energy of the late 60s onto our current political climate and the pervasive numbness people can feel towards opposing viewpoints when they are exhausted by their news feeds. There’s so much information that you stop hearing what people might be saying. I was watching and reading lots of material about the Black Panthers, the Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War protests and how that dovetailed with the rise of psychedelic drugs at the time, and how these two things could lead towards some common ground between politically polarized entities by simply trying to hear both sides out. You can feel incensed to rebel against something while also yearning for a deeper understanding of your neighbours at the same time.”

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