Toronto quartet Greys were last heard from in 2016 when they released their second album, Outer Heaven. An album Pitchfork described as "a most welcome reminder of indie rock's iconoclastic potential," it was a multi-faceted release that jumped off in surprising new directions from the sound that had inspired regular comparisons to the Touch & Go catalog around the band's earlier releases. It marked Greys out as a different beast than many of their contemporaries in the prodigious Toronto scene that birthed them - restlessly experimental and difficult to pin down, endlessly inventive, politically aware and cerebral, confrontational but thoughtful, with a penchant for clear-eyed self-examination - Outer Heaven made plain that Greys are a group with ambitions distinct from your average punk band, who delight in confounding expectations.
Greys are announcing their third LP, Age Hasn't Spoiled You, (due out on Carpark (WW) / Static Tide via Buzz (CA) May 10th), an album on which the rate of the band's evolution appears to be speeding up rather than slowing down. This is immediately evident on the album's first single "These Things Happen". At turns buzzy and blown out, then sweetly melodic, Greys frontman, Shehzaad Jiwani, sites influences as varied as The Chemical Brothers, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, The Beastie Boys, and Madonna's late '90s hit "Beautiful Stranger," on a track that warps and distorts Greys off the floor performances with a collection of experimental studio techniques. Opening with an effect-laden guitar loop and ending with a sample from a PBS documentary about the Black Panthers, the single presents a wide array of sonic textures as Jiwani's lyrics explore his admiration for the political movements of the 1960s and his frustration with the way communication between fundamentally like-minded people is clouded and polarized within his internet-adapted generation.