New Album Review

‘Just Another Thing’ isn’t just another thing…

While The Grayces aren’t well known here on the east coast, in the Music City, they’re music news.  Since the release of their 7" EP last year, they’ve been playing all over Nashville and touring the Midwest including venues in Chicago. And all those shows have earned them some real street cred. This year they’ve been asked to play the “Nobody’s Vault But Mine” Festival at Nashville’s Mercy Lounge, May 28-30. The festival is a Third Man Records fan appreciation event and will also include music from big names like Dan Sartain, PUJOL, Dex Romweber Du0, and The Ettes.

This morning, April 14, The Grayces gave a teaser of what’s to come for them besides their appearance at “Nobody’s Vault But Mine.”  They debuted their first official music video for their new single, “Just Another Thing.” With their association with Third Man Records acts you might expect the raw garage rock sound which assaults your ears as soon as the video begins, but what you might not expect is the perfect convergence of influences that make The Grayces so unique. Like a journey back in time, 80s pop-punk, 70s art rock, and the sarcasm of 60s British punk blend together in a simple mixture of head-banging rock that’s not nearly as simple as it seems. Lead singer Iz Stone’s ability to go from Pat Benatar to Grace Slick to Joe Strummer and back again in under 3 minutes is astounding and might be exhausting if it weren’t for the band’s keen understanding of when to let loose and when to pull back.

Sound amazing? I think it is. Granted, this isn’t for fans of moody alt rock, synthy dance music, or the folk-mania that’s been sweeping indie music, but if you like rock’n’roll, give your ears a treat and check out the brand new music video for “Just Another Thing” below.

“Just Another Thing”

Non-Music News

Nashville needs your help

Many of you may have heard about the recent flooding in Nashville, Tennessee due to torrential rains.  While the rains have come and gone, the water still hasn’t.  I visit Nashville frequently to see friends and can’t help thinking now, seeing pictures of flooded streets, how I was just there last in October.  Fortunately, my friends are fine; however, many individuals and businesses in Nashville are not.  Places I saw just six months ago are now awash with muddy floodwater.  The Grand Ole Opry has had to relocate temporarily, and Vanderbilt University has had to postpone their exams.

Nashville is Music City, USA, and it is disheartening to think what might be lost if they don’t receive the help they so desperately need.  Clean-up will undoubtedly take time, but it is important that we remember our neighbors to the west and do what we can so they can get back to making music and everyday life as soon as possible.  If you’re looking for ways to help, you can contact Hands On Nashville or the Middle Tennessee Red Cross.  Nashvillest also has information on their website about ways to help as well as resources for victims in case someone you know or love was affected.