Greys – “Fresh Hell”

Toronto punks Greys put out their sophomore album, Outer Heaven, earlier this year, but they’re back with a stormy one-off single called “Fresh Hell.” It’s the sort of clamoring, chaotic, addicting churn we’ve come to expect from the one-time Band To Watch, and it’s all about politics, as most of their tracks are. Here’s how the band’s Shehzaad Jiwani laid it out:

I wrote the lyrics for this song after hearing about Jian Ghomeshi’s acquittal, and of Rob Ford’s death. There seemed to be a baffling amount of support and sympathy for these public figures who were, for lack of a better term, total pieces of shit. Ghomeshi’s verdict only seemed to reinforce institutional sexism and rape culture, while Ford receiving sort of a hero’s funeral completely ignored all of the ways he negatively affected my city and most of its residents by being a racist, homophobic misogynist. I imagined this Orwellian future where anyone who disagreed with the public opinion was violently assimilated, which I think matches the cyberpunk vibe of the song. Get me off this planet.

Listen via Exclaim below.

Tour Dates:
09/22 Madison, WI @ Frequency
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 *
10/30 Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder ^
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

* w/ White Lung
^ w/ Bully
$ w/ Big Ups
# w/ Partner

Greys’ most recent full-length, Outer Heaven, is out now via Carpark/Buzz.

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