Greys Stream Sophomore LP Outer Heaven via SPIN

April 18, 2016
Ebru Yildiz

Ebru Yildiz

Greys Stream Sophomore LP Outer Heaven via SPIN

Out April 22, 2016 via Carpark & Buzz Records

April N. America Tour Dates

“Heavily cathartic rock” –NPR

 “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.” –Pitchfork (7.8/10)

“One of the rare indie rock records this year” –SPIN

Toronto’s Greys are now streaming their sophomore LP, Outer Heaven, due out April 22, 2016 via Carpark Records and Buzz Records via SPIN, alongside an in-depth track by track. Pre-order is now available from Carpark in the US and from Buzz in Canada. Greys will embark on a run of North American tour dates in support of the new release this month (all tour dates below).

Listen to Outer Heaven

Outer Heaven delivers on the promises Greys made on 2015’s Repulsion EP, placing the band in more spacious environments and letting them build upon their noise rock foundation by incorporating new textures and dynamics to temper their trademark onslaught of discordance, which was already perfected on their debut record, 2014’s If Anything. Where their formative material saw them paying homage to their heroes, the new album sees Greys making a concentrated effort to realize their own sound.

Each song filters its subject matter through Jiwani’s wryly incisive perception of a myriad of topics, from a news story about a group of teens barbarically murdering their classmate on album opener “Cruelty,” to the advent of technological singularity on closer “My Life As A Cloud.” Elsewhere, on “Blown Out,” the frontman confronts his own mental health by painting it in the context of a relationship with a partner who doesn’t fully understand the unrelenting complexities of depression.

With their intense live show documented admirably on their previous releases – and honed alongside bands like Death From Above 1979, Viet Cong, Speedy Ortiz and Dilly Dally – the four piece sought to explore their more atmospheric tendencies on Outer Heaven. Produced by longtime collaborator Mike Rocha at the hallowed Hotel 2 Tango studio in Montreal (Arcade Fire, Godspeed You! Black Emperor), the record displays unprecedented depth and range for Greys, calling to mind groups as disparate as Sonic Youth, Swell Maps and The Swirlies without ever losing sight of what defines the band – a distinct mixture of melody and dissonance, order and chaos, volume and substance.

Track List:
01) Cruelty
02) No Star
03) If It’s All The Same To You
04) Blown Out
05) Erosion
06) Complaint Rock
07) In For A Penny
08) Strange World
09) Sorcerer
10) My Life As A Cloud

Tour Dates:
April 21 — Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz%
April 22 — Allston, MA @ O’Brien’s
April 23 — Philadelphia, PA @ First United Church
April 24 — Washington, DC @ Comet Ping Pong^
April 25 — Brooklyn, NY @ Alphaville
April 26 — Cleveland, OH @ Mahall’s
April 27 — Detroit, MI @ PJ’s Lager House
April 28 — Kalamazoo, MI @ Millhouse
April 29 — Chicago, IL @ Mousetrap
May 13 — Toronto, ON @ The Garrison
May 27 — Sudbury, ON @ The Asylum
May 29 — Winnipeg, MB @ Handsome Daughter
May 30 — Saskatoon, SK @ Vangelis
May 31 — Edmonton, AB @ The Buckingham
June 1 — Calgary, AB @ Broken City
June 4 — Seattle, WA @ Black Lodge
June 6 — Portland, OR @ Valentine’s
June 8 — San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock Tavern
June 9 — Los Angeles, CA @ The Smell
June 11 — San Diego @ The Merrow
June 13 — Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive
June 14 — Lawrence, KS @ Jackpot
June 15 — Chicago, IL @ Subterranean

% – w/ Odonis Odonis
^ – w/ Two Inch Astronaut

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