Greys If Anything

Greys If Anything
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Right out of the gates, the chaotic, high-strung opening song "Guy Picciotto," (yeah, named after the Fugazi vocalist/guitarist) sets the tone for Greys' debut full-length. A noisy, sinewy 11 tracks, If Anything is a statement from a band who have found their groove, if that groove was loud and obnoxious with a firm understanding that bands like Unwound, Drive Like Jehu and early Nirvana kicked the most ass.

But what really makes the album work are the tracks where Greys step out of their Toronto loud rock shadows (no more baby Metz for these guys) and plop down tracks like "Chick Singer," a hand-built shrine to the radness of Bikini Kill; "Lull," which brings memories of prime-era Jawbox come flooding back; and "Cold Soak," a journey to the Daydream Nation via Amphetamine Reptile's back roads. Is it a fully original album? Well, no, but pick up a guitar and play it at maximum volume and you're bound to be compared to someone. Is it their best material yet, with room to grow and emerge as one of Canada's most inventive underground bands? Well, certainly.

Read about Greys new album here. (Buzz)