After releasing both their sophomore record Outer Heaven and its companion album Warm Shadow in 2016, Greys hit the road with bands like Japandroids and Preoccupations before taking a break to focus on other projects.
But after watching the world seem to descend into chaos, they returned to the studio in 2018 to write a new album Age Hasn’t Spoiled You motivated by feelings of displacement, alienation, and the state of panic and confusion cultivated by our endless news feeds.
“We wanted to push as far away from what our perception of a ‘rock band’ could be while still retaining certain characteristics that sound like Greys,” says frontman Shehzaad Jiwani.
Age Hasn’t Spoiled You finds Greys pursuing a sound informed by an eclectic mix of genres, including krautrock, industrial, ambient, and jazz. On “These Things Happen,” for example, they run the gamut from big beat psychedelia to classic rock harmonies and back again while frontman Shehzaad Jiwani confronts privilege, apathy, drug use, and content fatigue.
“Musically, it’s everywhere we’ve been and everywhere we’re going,” Jiwani explains in a statement. “We tried to re-imagine and re-contextualize the tools we are comfortable using to make something new.”