Grey Hairs play heavy metal / heavy punk / heavy grunge from the perspective of disaffected fortysomethings from Nottingham who’ve put the years into various DIY scenes. So Serious Business contains some proper desolation and some proper fierce riffs to match. Don’t mess with experience. CD and blue vinyl editions, out on Gringo.
Vinyl LP £14.95 WAAT064LP
Clear blue vinyl LP on Gringo.
- Includes download code
CD £9.99 WAAT064CD
CD on Gringo.
I am obnoxious, so I think I could be in a noise rock band. All you have to do is be angular and abrasive and shout in your least sung voice. Unfortunately I’m also talentless, which is where me and Grey Hairs go our separate ways: this crew can make a structured piece of pop to go with their climaxing dissonance and shouty back-and-forths. Their last record, ‘Colossal Downer’, was just that -- always in the ascendency of misery -- while this one is much the same, offering cruel guitars that occasionally give way to a goddamn hook but mostly get grumpier and thrashier.
Probably the most affecting thing about Grey Hairs is their vocal duets: you gotta love the way they scowl and scream with each-other, overlapping on lines like they’re meeting in the middle of the world’s loudest venn diagram. “Man Is a Kitchen” matches wiry chords, noisy electronics and shouty harmonies as if simply pre-empting a collapse, keeping things tight and loose at once. It’s Metz meets Fugazi and they have an okay time. “Backwards” suggests a subtler band with a riff crawling through the corridors, placed against surf-tinged chords and a growled vocal line. It’s repetitive and creepy and makes me feel too tense to actually review it.
They’re still good, basically, doing their sharp noise rock with hints of psychedelia and silliness. I welcome that in a band like this: so many of them are strictly one-note, but adding spooky tones and a slightly more playful angle (even some “whoop whoops!”, for your enjoyment) makes it all worth living.
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