If you believe what you read, Toronto post-punk band Greys have matured into a less noisy, more thoughtful band for their third album, Age Hasn’t Spoiled You. Judging by the track 'These Things Happen' that’s not necessarily the case. They still have that racket-making ability, coupled with an ear for melody. Basically, old fans have no need to worry. On Carpark.
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Greys have got serious. At least, that's what this album seems to suggest. Previously a group that made a punky, noisy racket, they seem to have matured a little while still retaining that aggression. References to their previous work still abound, such as on 'Arc Light' which is full of squealing guitars and attitude, but you can see the development on tracks like 'Constant Prose' and 'Kill Appeal' which chug along balefully with industrial drums and big electronic bass. 'Kill Appeal' is a banger in particular, it reminds me of classic minimal wave and cold wave with a nice Suicide-y, proto-punk edge. There's even a nice krautrock element, in the lange gerade style, on 'Aphantasia' and a really gorgeous, fat kick drum on 'Shelly Duvall in 3 Women'.
Seriously, god bless artists that progress. I love you all. It doesn't matter if you make lame deep house on one record then decide to make feeble indie-pop on another, that's still blessed progression! How many times have I heard decent bands just retread the same ground? What's the bleedin' point? Now, 'Age Hasn't Spoiled You' is not an amazing record, though it is a very good one, but the fact Greys have tried something new and innovated has made me warm to them instantly. Well done, fellas.
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