At its most climactic, "Lucky" recalls elements of riot grrrl and classic southern rock (despite nature putting the origin points of these tow styles on opposite sides of the continental United States), but although Greye aren't particularly shy about wearing their influences on their sleeve, there's nothing in their method of execution that would qualify as being throwback-ish by design. They've got an original story to tell here, and as familiar as its backdrop might be, I believe it's the one of a kind article that a lot of listeners will be regarding as a breath of fresh air this spring.
With Summer at the helm, Greye unleash one of the more intriguing bouts in beat and harmony that you're going to find on the left side of the dial in "Lucky," and although it's hardly the only indie treat that underground has produced in 2020, it's definitely one of the best to come out of the American south without debate.
On a personal note, one of the most important aspects of my creative development has been the confidence our manager and the band have given me to fully embrace my vocal performance abilities. They have always seen something in me that until recently, I have found hard to see, and i am so grateful for their unconditional support. After closely studying some of the best classic front men (and women!) in rock history, from Kansas' Ronnie Platt to Ann Wilson of Heart (the ultimate rock badass). I finally feel I have unlocked something truly special that has brought us to another level, and I can't wait to share it, and Greye, with the world.
The fact that we've hit #1 with "Lucky" on the world Indie Music Charts is humbling, to say the least. Enormous thanks to everyone who's listening to the song and made it possible, we hope you enjoyed it and will continue to stick around and see what Greye has coming for you next!
In the six years since Daytona Beach, FL progressive Americana rockers Greye released their debut album Providence, they've captivated thousands via their high octane shows up and down the Atlantic Coast and throughout the Midwest. With a vibe driven by powerhouse classic rock styled vocalist Hannah Summrr and her high octane, multi-generational band of badasses, they've heard it often from fans: "Gosh you guys are so lucky to do what you do." On their latest single, the groovin' and visceral "Lucky," they put an ironic spin on people's perceptions. When the singer hits the chorus, "Oh may, may we all be so lucky, lucky, lucky, just like you," she;'s actually addressing her envy of their innocent viewpoint.
For now, don't let this lay you down and roll you over. Practice your instruments, write new songs, reach out and help someone less fortunate if you can, use your common sense, and just hold tight to each other (perhaps, metaphorically with social distancing). Hope and fear cannot live together: choose hope, and we will all live to rock another day!
Not merely songwriters of catchy, classic tracks, but a band categorically at the top of their game performance-wise. Seemingly an essential yet sadly rare trait, Greye lose not a fragment of quality from studio to the stage. On the contrary, that in-the-moment passion and precision proves all the more captiviating.
I love the new video they've got for "Lucky" - then I went straight into a live performance of the song and loved that too - and then, well... that's where we came in here... I was sitting here for what seemed like it must've been an hour or so just watching Greye tunes online. Listening to Hannah hit that first verse of "Barracuda" is something savagely special, let me tell ya... Summer's got the vocal chops to hang with the heavy-hitters of Heart for sure - and her band-mates Jett, Joshua, Ray, and Ken'e are right there with her every step of the way, reliable & steady as it gets.
A rollicking guitar riff. A sizzling lead vocal. The percussive thrust of a strong southern wind. On their own, any of the three aforementioned elements would make for an interesting song, but in Greye's new single "Lucky," these components come together to create a stealthy rock swing-fest that can't be turned down once it's been given that all-important virgin spin.
They had their critically album "Under The Weather" - recorded at the legendary FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama - mixed by multi-platinum engineer Brian Reeves, whose credits include Billy Joel and Us to Elton John and Miley Cyrus. Their music has been on heavy rotation on multiple indie, internet and Top 40 terrestrial radio stations across the U.S. and overseas, but one thing is even more undeniable: the powerhouse grit behind Hannah Summer astoundingly raw and mellifluous vocals is an impressive rarity in today's musical world. That said, Hannah and the boys - collectively know as Greye - are ready to raise hell once again with their brand new single "Lucky"
Over the years, we have been fortunate enough to work in some of the world's best recording studios, the most notable being FAME in Muscle Shoals, Al. Built by the late Rick Hall in the '60s, FAME has been the workplace of countless industry icons, including Etta James, Wilson Picket, Aretha Franklin and Clarence Carter, just to name a few. It was incredibly humbling to get to stand where those legends have stood, and the record we produced there, Under the Weather, has such a magic sound that is completely unique to FAME.
There are a lot of interesting rock hybridity coming out of the woodwork in the American underground at the moment, and you needn't take more than a casual peek at Greye's new single "Lucky" to understand exactly what I mean. "Lucky" sports a southern-flavored tempo that doesn't exactly trip into countrified territory but nevertheless straddles a fine line between Americana and unvarnished rock n' roll tenacities, but while it's certainly not the easiest song for any critic to categorize by conventional genre standards, its attractiveness simply can't be questioned - especially by those of us who live for a sterling swing groove.
"Do you know how long I've been waitin'?/Can't you tell by the look in my eye/As you shoot down the dove you've been chasin'/Did you think I'd fall out of the sky/For you?" demands a vibrant Hannah Summer in the new single from her band Greye, "Lucky," currently out everywhere that quality indie music is sold and streamed. In "Lucky," Greye are staying away from predictability on all fronts, starting with the smoldering verses that this vixen is dispatching from the forefront of the mix. Her vocal is gilded, but in this act, she isn't overmatched at all - in fact, I would say that, in this song at least, they're working with some of the hottest chemistry I've had the pleasure of coming across lately.
"So, for all those countless hours, days, maybe years worked that no one but you can feel and see, and for all the success you reap as a reward - may we all be so lucky."
Truth is, this is a song about hard work, blood, sweat and tears, and the grind of anyone with a dream and the willingness to do something about it.
The rock vibe will draw you into the music but once the vocals of Hannah Summer come in, there is no escape. From her angst-filled verse to her sultry chorus, she takes you on a journey to exactly where she wants you to be. The driving beat keeps the blood pumping creating that energy that the band has become famous for.
This is genius, pure and simple. Deep music voodoo grooves crafted by art-rock types with Americana storytelling. Very intellectual and biting; modern and yet timeworn in the raw power behind the music. These guys and a girl just have such a fresh sound that pulls you in and hypnotizes you with their rhythms and vocals.
"Under the Weather" is going to rock you, move you, surprise you, and leaving you wanting to 1) see the band and 2) grab a copy of this album. From soaring guitars to soul-screaming organ solos and everything in between, this album is packed with pristinely produced recordings which contribute to the refined and more polished sound of this record.
Having been a fan of GREYE since their single Windows, it was a joy to hear of this full length project - their unique approach to Americana and rock has something of their own about it. With this new release, the band and the playlist don't disappoint. "What if I" starts things off with a surprising level of volume and weight, reaching out for the attention of listeners far and wide - an understandable choice for the album's single. Things calm down a little after this though, turning to more inherently thoughtful vibes that embrace and fascinate.
GREYE goes for a joyful determination with fiery "Under The Weather". Holding nothing back, GREYE merges elements of country, indie rock, and the blues into a satisfying swirling whole. Vocals seemingly rise above the arrangements thanks to the undeniable power of vocalist Hannah Summer; whose powerful delivery has a sense of optimism underpinning everything. Lyricism goes for stream of consciousness poetry, for GREYE proves to be a deft storyteller. The application of layer upon layer of sound means that at times the hybrid like nature of the album draws both from the past, from classic rock, while remaining future focused.
These kinds of sassy and clever lyrics are another aspect that sets them apart from other bands. After the second chorus GREYE then show they can really play with a funky, jazzy breakdown section that builds back up and culminates in a superb guitar solo from Jett Wolfe. One last chorus allows for some vocal extemporizations at the top of her range to complete a perfect executed performance.
It's fun, it's bright, it's colorful, it's undeniably bright & inviting to listen to, it's got a playful vibe and serious skills on display... in a word, their new single is actually quite charming really. I think people out there will dig the heart & soul that GREYE clearly puts into their music and I'm sure they'll dig the vibe & energy that they've got here on "What If I" - well done.
As with most GREYE albums, there is a little something for everybody 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 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.
Rich. Talent-driven. Continuum. Greye's fifth studio album. “Under The Weather,” is with no exaggeration-exactly what it's supposed to be. Which is it is a right-on-track evolution of their previous project. Evolved songwriting. Stronger vocal presence. More creative melodies and instrumental mixes. And, of course, an advancement in production. Specifically-and what I feel is always an important and brave aspect never to be overlooked-is, though certainly lyrically driven, the band also knows when to let the music do the talking with lots of rich and lovely instrumental breaks and segues. All in all, it's exciting and rewarding as a music critic to see a group continue to grind it out and evolve their craft.
Clocking in at almost always over the 3 minute mark, "What If I" packs quite a punch and it stands out as a driven, energetic and diverse song that is poised to become as instant fan-favorite jam! On this number, GREYE definitely sets the bar higher, with a sound that feels direct, yet experimental and willing to pursue innovation.
"Under The Weather" is mastered beautifully, the highs are crisp and clear, the bass is low and heavy and it's mixed at a very reasonable volume where you don't have to adjust anything between songs or max out your speakers to actually hear it. GREYE kills it on every song.
Not being a band of categories, GREYE are led by vocalist extraordinaire, Hannah Summer and this single is from their fifth album, so they're no newbies on the scene. If they can be placed into any genre specific boxes it's for the most part Rock, Pop, and Adult Contemporary. But if you haven't heard them it's worth starting with "What If I" then delving back through the Under The Weather album and the rest of the catalog if it takes you there, which it did me. And I can say with confidence that GREYE and Hannah Summer mean the good music they're bringing.
In a word, Summer's voice is beautiful. but there's a band here with a lot to appreciate. so let "Hat If I" be an introduction to them if anything, or let me concur with your already formed opinion that it's a good track by a good band of musicians with a wholesome spirit from the south.
Sometimes you want your ears uncorked and have the time of your life. And when you want live entertainment, where your inhibitions are kicked to the curb, we think GREYE would be the right prescription. Cliche? Nope. Just hard facts. Want blue? Check. Want guitar that moves you to dance like "you don't care"? Double check. GREYE's 'What If I' takes you there and, then some. Fab.
Greye crafts indie rock with heart and soul on “Windows”. Passionate pours out of the pieces as their stories recall the relationships and the situations encountered in a life lived most fully. The band comes through swinging with a western twang to the guitar, with rhythms keeping the whole thing very much centered. By opting for a gorgeous rush of sound, the songs have a blurred beauty to them, with the vocals rising above it all. Defiance defines the sound for it is one that explores the tales of those who overcome…Powerful to its very core, Greye’s “Windows” infectious melodies and unforgettable harmonies linger in the mind long after they are over.”
Greye offers music lovers a rich listening experience which not only includes alluring vocals and professional musicianship, but also an opportunity to experience thought-provoking songwriting content which is often difficult to come by in the mainstream. "Windows" is a performance that can be appreciated from various perspectives regardless of your music preferences and most of all. it is a great song and easy to absorb.
Hannah Summer's dynamic vocals shine on the lead track as well as the others. There's no self-delusion or posing going on here. These people are great musicians that have created a solid work of art. "Windows" is a well-concocted blend of country flavor and indie pop."
OH YES. This shall pass. Even Gandalf himself would let this song through... GREYE - you had me from the get-go... the instant groove that starts up their latest single/title track from their latest record Windows is right up my alley and the volume is now right up on my speakers as a result. Put it to you this way... the first impression absolutely SMACKS ya... you can hear the musicianship, passion and insightful combination of style, sound & skills that'll lead to a band that has a long & bright future ahead of them. You can hear it right away... it's instantaneous om "Windows."
“With “Windows,” GREYE created a vibe that makes you feel like you’re taking a purposeful stroll down Americana Drive in combat boots and ripped jean shorts. I would expect to hear this song in a local dive bar anywhere in the U.S, and see people finding themselves both jamming and tapping their feet to it. …You can hear the earnestness in the vocals, making Hannah Summers’ voice now one that pleasantly replays in my mind!
To draw influence from music of various eras and genres and create one cohesive sound is a feat in itself. To blend these influences and develop an entire sub-genre of music that sounds fresh both live and on record is what separates the true artists from the rest of the pack. GREYE develops their own unique sound that they have called “Progressive Americana,” and with good reason. This Daytona Beach, Florida crew creates a motley fusion of folk music with sounds influenced from 70s and 80s rock and roll that sounds as current as it does timeless.
Music is an ever-evolving creature. There will always be your standard genres like Rock, Rap, and even Zydego. The musicians out there with real creativity will find a way to blend pieces of these different genres to make something new and original. A great recent example is the music of GREYE.
“The Worrier” is certainly an extremely approachable and easy-listening work with plenty of rhythmic groove and a great vocal performance from Hannah. So don’t be afraid of the label, Progressive Americana. Once you’ve flipped the volume to max, you’ll be overwhelmed by snappy the guitar runs and the clean throbbing basslines, and all labels will dissolve into just…great music.
At first glance the band appears to be a traditional folk based unit but if you think that, you would be sorely mistaken. Greye combines elements of folk, R&B, Americana, jazz and rock into a style all their own they call progessive folk music. Greye has the unique ability to weave complex melodies, intricate lyrics and hypnotic vocals into a brand if indie pop that is accessible and highly enjoyable. The production is first rate and I would expect Greye to attract s legion of new fans with this debut release.
"Providence" is a great debut release from Greye, Hannah Summer's vocals joined by Jett Wolfe and Joshua Reid, pull you into each song. "Providence" is not one of those albums you put on for background music, it is one you want to listen to and enjoy the lyrics and arrangement of each song."
"Do yourself a favor and check out Greye, they are sure to stick around and keep you grooving with a fresh funky sound! They mix her melodic voice beautifully with the male counterparts to the point of genius, forget 50 shades, one dose of Greye is all you need at the end of the day to unwind and lose yourself to a music masterpiece... I can't describe how each song went deep inside and hit right where I needed it to. The sound they have I can only be described as funky chill soul awesomeness!"
Indie Music Lives Here, Portland, Oregon
2014's "Songwriter of the Year" Hannah Summer of GREYE