When a band is both musically original in their early albums and makes you take a step back to assess your views of music, you know they’re on to something. For Brooklyn trio Greylist, they uniquely find a sound through the incorporation of deep vocals, heavy rhythms, and a touch of psychedelic influence.
Demonstration falls together at merely six tracks, and in the grand scheme of albums that doesn’t seem much; it’s an A side. Demonstration conveys a very post-Waters Floyd aura on an IV drip of hard rock. I understand how this may be a shock statement, which will prompt all sorts of emails, but follow me here. The incorporation of ambient back layers to fill the empty spaces and floating guitar riffs lends itself to a very evocative tone. In itself is not the next extraordinary break out, prompting a reprise of Bob Geldoff’s role; rather, it is a refreshing experience of thought and one of intrigue. It is one of those albums that will have you listening to it on a loop to try and catch its entire substance.
Jason Lowrie, Joshua Aaron Levie, and Andrew Segreti have stepped up to the plate with six tracks of well crafted, distinctive rock. Kicking off with the heaviest track of them all “Anxious” envelops you in a scratching lick frenzy of heavy ballad-like rock. From then on, the albums gradually changes pace to a less domineering embodiment of a sound all their own. “7 Years” reels in the urge to simply explode and dishes up an ominous organ driven melody. This restraint drives home the fact that this isn’t just your everyday band. To reinforce this, the ensuing tracks staple the sound Greylist has imagined into one cohesive driving force. And then comes the audible audible, a change up which will direct all of your attention at their truly artistic side. Mixing everyday noises of a train station and rattling bottles “Intro” glides in on ambiance before spiking up on instrumentals then dying down as it had started. Sadly, it feels a bit out of place; in both name and vision. If a track like this bookended the album, it would create a story; as is it feels, albeit a stimulating change, out of place.
The vision that Greylist has begun to embody with Demonstration has me eager to see what comes next. The potential is profoundly attention grabbing. With a little more structure and another look at the layout, these guys could have something great. In the meantime, we have a cautiously balanced entertaining rock album.