If Anything, the first full-length by Greys, is the young quartet’s
own warped update of vintage post-punk; frenetic guitars
running against walls of noise, held together by sharp strands of
melody. Emerging from the vibrant Toronto punk scene, Greys
are economical in their swift punches of noise, anchoring short
bursts of mania with huge choruses. "Each song exists in its own
space and represents different aspects of the things we like
about noisy, dissonant music,” says singer/guitarist Shehzaad
Jiwani. “But instead of being built solely around riffs, they were
built with hooks in mind, too."
The 35-minute LP pulses with a manic urgency, as drummer
Braeden Craig and bassist Colin Gillespie’s syncopated rhythms
punctuate guitarist Cam Graham's smothering dissonance.
Through exasperated shouts, Jiwani lets loose the fury that splits
open his songwriting. "The lyrics went from outward frustration to
inward," he says. "A lot of it takes place from within my own
head." Swinging between hard-driving punk and ‘90s indie
riffing, the respites on If Anything only underscore Greys’ brute
force and anthemic inclinations.
Written over the summer of 2013 and recorded in ten days at
Toronto's Candle Recording studio, If Anything is a fulfilling
aftershock of noise rock, immediately arresting and bursting with