Greywind – Afterthoughts (Spinefarm Records)
Genre: Alt. rock
There is no way you’d be able to tell that Greywind are a two-piece by listening to Afterthoughts. It’s a rich, deep and sonically impressive album and you can tell that a lot of work has gone into the production values.
The brother and sister combination from Ireland are all about creating uplifting music and the vocals of Steph O’Sullivan plays a big part in that – they’re incredible pure and they’re a big part of what Greywind are about.
Hailing from Killarney, the group have seen their star rise in meteoric fashion. The lyrics to the song Afterthoughts were completed in one day, uploaded the next and the band attracted industry interest almost straight away.
Despite the short time it took for the eponymous track to be produced, it’s probably one of the best on the whole album as the crescendo of noise builds alongside the vocals magnificently to give way to an infectious pop rock vibe.
They’ve been on tour with Farro, the group led by former Paramore guitarist Josh Farro – and so the comparisons between them and the American are inevitable, if only because there are so few other frames of reference for the Irish double act.
But Afterthoughts is a different beast entirely, although there are a few pop rock notes sprinkled throughout the album.
However, despite the clear musical talent of the family combination, there are few songs that are instantly memorable. There are a lot of good songs, but perhaps the great ones needed more development than the whirlwind existence of the band has allowed.
The Lake and Car Spin are both packed with impressive build ups – all lead by the angelic voice of Steph that gives the songs so much power. In total their debut is an incredible solid body of work and there is plenty to build on for the family act.
It’s tough to remember that Greywind are still in the infancy as a band. They’re a band who are clearly talented and experience will only enhance that.
RUSHONROCK RATED: 7/10 Whirlwind