Originally conceived as serial two EP set: A side ‘Man Gulps’ and B side ‘Little Fingers’, Nottingham post punk, post grunge, post rock four piece Grey Hairs (Featuring members of Lords, Fists, Cult Of Dom Keller, Fonda 500 and Kogumaza.) attempt to provide some listening convenience by packaging the concept neatly on to one piece of orange vinyl. Recalling the reckless, riff heavy, sonic assault and deeply distorted guitar fuzz of pre-hype era 90’s alternative rock/grunge, ‘Colossal Downer’ represents a concerted effort to return to the very beginning of the bands musical origins.
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- WAAT058LP / Heavyweight orange coloured vinyl LP on Gringo. Edition of 495 copies
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7/10 Robin Staff review, 15 April 2015
Nottingham is bringing veritable types of the heavy lately -- RIP to emo-tinged favourites Plaids, but life goes on, eh? -- and may I suggest Grey Hairs as the city’s next hard rawk laureates? On the rather jarringly titled ‘Colossal Downer’, they presume to be playing post-punk, but their jubilant screams and good-humoured howls contribute to a delightful slab of crust-tinged stoner that comes somewhere between a caffeinated Sleep, an amelodic Unwound and a toned down Kylesa.
Expect plenty of low end and tear-yer-heart out shouting, though Grey Hairs have also mastered the skill of building and releasing -- they curve muted, snarky riffs around a studious beat on “Creepy”, letting the tune build to frustratingly repetitive heights before it collides with itself and gets Proper Loud. The production complements it nicely; with a fairly lo-fi affectation, the band sounds far-thrown, which automatically makes them less silly, less upfront about their turgid rock ‘n’ roll.
It sounds emotive and occasionally serious, but note that in their grungiest, deepest moments, and with the saddest chords, they’re calling their songs “Martha”, “Badmotorfingeered”, and “The Handpisser”. The sludgy, unfathomably slow chug of “The Hedgehider” is more indicative of their style: throwaway lyrics, gleeful cymbal smashing and a pop-punk dedication to writing noise rock. Such amusing melodies and such good times; such Grey Hairs.
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