The New Grey is a band from the midwest that has been playing cities like Milwaukee and Chicago for the last year and a half or so. They released Blender which is a five-song EP that blends style like rock, R&B, hip-hop and reggae. On paper that may sound like a bit of a mess but the band often seamlessly blends these styles.
The style really had a ’90s vibe to me. I could hear some influence from bands as far ranging as Sublime to Eminem to Rage Against the Machine. On some songs it seems like they have four vocalists but they might just be changing the vocal delivery.
The band starts with the opening track “Breakout.” There is a blend of rock and hip-hop. The guitar riff builds on a mound of feedback and the vocals and have this hip-hop type rhythm to them but there are times when the vocalist will just go for more straightforward rock singing.
“Am Pm” really takes it to another level as far as blending genres. The reggae vibe is present and in a very similar way that you may heard from Sublime. There are so many different changes in the vocal inflection throughout the song and it’s usually in the details.
“Roll Call” is where my mind went to Eminem at least for the initial rapping. As the song progresses you hear elements of pop and reggae. The kind of stylistic changes continue with “Long Time.” “Madness in Wonderland” was perhaps the highlight. This song was actually more just straight rock and they really pulled this off.
The band has a lot going on. There were some points where I was on the fence if they should be changing styles so often. It was like I was getting into one part of the song and then it felt like almost a different song. As I mentioned they really are pretty slick in how they do this.
Overall, this is a talented group that is certainly pushing their creativity. They are still a very newly formed group and I have a feeling this is just the beginning for them.
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