Philadelphia quintet Grayscale return with their latest offering Umbra, which drops tomorrow courtesy of Fearless Records. Grayscale has a beautiful feel-good vibe about them, not what you’ll be expecting when you hit that play button for sure. Bighorns greet you with the opening of the album to remind you you’re not in Kansas anymore. By that, I mean these guys bring a fresh approach to the genre with their way on the ear, Pop-Rock musicality that is highly addictive.
The production sounds huge which allows you to soak up all that multi-influenced joy that will flow from your speakers, there’s a 1975-esque quirky-ness to their sound that is occasionally broken up with slamming guitar riffs and blistering guitar solos but overall the album is just a feel-good summer soundtrack that will restore your faith in these crazy times.
Their fluid approach to songwriting ensures that you’ll be kept on your toes from track to track but equally entertained and no doubt dancing in your undies’ as the album flies by one seamless song after another. The guys are the culmination of five best friends getting together to do what they absolutely love and it shows from start to finish, no holes barred approach to their craft with an ethereal approach that allows for the songs to take whatever direction is needed and not feeling too restricted, the rulebook clearly tossed out the window for the better.
“This band is how we express ourselves,” affirms Collin. “I come from an old school Irish family that didn’t talk about feelings. This band means so much to me, because I’ve been best friends with these guys since I was 13-years-old. We’ve known each other for 60% of our lives at this point. These are real stories. We love what we do. It’s why we’re alive.”
Their music feels just as alive…
I couldn’t have put it better myself, Umbra drops tomorrow and I highly recommend you get your ass behind this band.