It’s a rare thing to find smart, poetic lyricism in pop music. Greycoats’ anglo-rock manages to spend both words and melody wisely. Their debutfull-length album, “Setting Fire to the Great Unknown” (self-released, 2008) was marked by strong ambition, heartfelt romanticism and big ideas with a cinematic sweep exploring the mechanics of polarization. Their music found airtime on the hit teen drama Gossip Girl, leading to national exposure for the quartet from Minnesota and a tour of both U.S. coasts through the end of 2009.
They returned to the Library Recording Studio in Minneapolis and enlisted the help of guitarist Jeremy Ylvisaker (Andrew Bird) to assist in production of their follow-up effort. Two years later, they emerged with a tighter, more determined sound and a collection of stories surrounding a post-utopian twilight, “World of Tomorrow”. Where “Setting Fire” drew against a backdrop of WWI as it tread through a dystopian molasses, “Tomorrow” finds inspiration in the 1939 World’s Fair and an America that’s slowly lost it’s carbonation.
They will soon be embarking on a U.S. tour in support of their new release, so be sure to catch their energetic and transcendent shows, as their rich and multi-layered sound is always a head-turning affair.