Toronto noise rockers Greys surprised fans with the release of ‘Warm Shadow,’ a 10-track companion album to their amazing sophomore album ‘Outer Heaven,’ released earlier this year via Carpark Records and Buzz Records. ‘Warm Shadow‘ features Fresh Hell, which Greys released earlier this month. Greys frontman Shehzaad Jiwani talked in-depth with Stereogum, who are streaming ‘Warm Shadow,’ about the LP’s creation and the new sound they experiment with throughout it.
‘Warm Shadow’ will be available as a Pay What You Can download on Bandcamp through October 12th, and all proceeds during this time will be donated to Toronto non-profit Sistering. Sistering is a trans-inclusive agency supporting women from across Toronto who experience first hand the impact of marginalization and poverty. Take a listen to ‘Warm Shadow’ below.
‘Warm Shadow,’ a companion piece to Greys’ acclaimed sophomore album, ‘Outer Heaven,’ is comprised of original material as well as elements from that album’s recording sessions at Hotel 2 Tango in Montreal. Penning new songs, manipulating tape drones created from various studio experiments and rearranging old favourites, ‘Warm Shadow’ is meant to create a parallel world which illuminates the dynamic contrasts that reside on ‘Outer Heaven’ and within Greys themselves.
Where ‘Outer Heaven‘ focused more broadly both musically and lyrically, tackling topics like xenophobia and mental health issues within an expansive sonic landscape, ‘Warm Shadow’ is far more insular. Frontman Shehzaad Jiwani explores both the personal and the abstract, with lyrics about Jiwani’s spiritual connection to his grandmother who passed before he was born (Minus Time) to his vision of a dystopian future inspired by institutional oppression (Fresh Hell). Grandiose soundscapes the band previously wandered are replaced with subtly textured, lo-fi experimentalism by way of Broadcast (Trish K) or the tense minimalism of mid-period Sonic Youth (Space Mountain).
‘Warm Shadow‘ occupies a space between larger statements that fills in the broader strokes Greys have painted in the past. Like ‘Amnesiac,’ ‘Weird Era Continued,’ or ‘untitled. unmastered.,’ this companion piece exists to spotlight the ethereal moments its predecessor hinted at – to be viewed not as the sum of its parts, but as an alternate universe in which the creative possibilities for a punk band in the 21st century are limitless.
‘Warm Shadow’ Track listing
01) Minus Time
03) I’d Hate To Be An Actress
04) Trish K
05) Fresh Hell
06) Colour Out Of Space
08) Light Pollution
09) Space Mountain
10) Outer Heaven
Greys will also head out on tour this fall, doing both headline shows and also supporting Bully, Japandroids and White Lung among others.
10/12 Washington, DC @ Comet Ping Pong $
10/13 Brooklyn, NY @ Aviv $
10/14 Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie $
10/15 Montreal, QC @ Turbohaus #
10/16 Saint-Hyacinthe, QC @ Le Zaricot #
10/17 Quebec City, QC @ L’Anti #
10/19 Halifax, NS @ The Marquee *
10/20 Fredericton, NB @ The Capitol #
10/21 Ottawa, ON @ House Of TARG
10/26 Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace *
10/28 Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory %
10/29 Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory %
10/30 Tallahassee, FL @ Club Dowunder^
10/31 Mobile, AL @ The Merry Widow^
11/02 Oxford, MS @ Proud Larry’s^
11/03 Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone Cafe^
11/04 Nashville, TN @ Drkmttr
11/05 Atlanta, GA @ 529
11/06 Richmond, VA @ Sound Of Music
* – with White Lung
$ – with Big Ups
# – with Partner
% – with Japandroids
^ – with Bully