The band Greye first came across my radar in the fall of 2014 just as they had released their debut album. I thought it was a great record in a genre they called progressive folk. They have always been difficult to classify as they have weaved many different sounds and influences into their work. Each album has shown signs of growth for the band and they are set to release their fifth full length album this November. ‘Under the Weather’ finds this indie band from Daytona Beach Florida hitting their stride as a full-fledged rock/pop/folk/indie unit ready to entice new fans of all persuasions.
The new record was somewhat of a departure for the band and not to take anything away from their previous efforts but getting in to an historic ultra-professional environment served the band well. Unlike their previous efforts, this album was recorded at Fame recording studios in Muscle Shoals Alabama where Etta James, Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding and Aretha Franklin all recorded hit records. The temptation to channel these past giants is great in an environment such as the Fame studios but Greye emerges with a sound that is all their own.
As with most of Greye’s albums, there is a little something for everyone on this record. From the blues tinged “Get Back In It” and “Under the Weather” the title track, to the rockabilly inspired “Inferno” to the harder driving tracks “What If I” and “Need” the band once again takes a genre, puts its own stamp on it and lets it fly. The songs are first rate and even after five albums, lyricist Hannah Summer still has something to say. The band is tighter and augmented by a keyboard player whose influence has enhanced the band’s “voice” and given it a depth which has allowed them to dig deeper and expand their sound. ‘Under The Weather’ is yet another solid effort from a band that shows no sign of weakening.
If you have the opportunity to see the band on one of their many tour stops supporting the album’s release, I would urge you to do so. The band approaches their craft like a serious undertaking and their hard work and dedication to the music pays off in spades. As far as indie bands go, Greye is one not to be missed.
Uncle Duke; a.k.a. Rob Penland is the producer and host of "The Mad Music Asylum" a 4 hour weekly syndicated radio show and now a 24 hour streaming internet station.