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”

Music News and Interviews

DJ Ones’ Five Music Facts from the past music week

1. At SXSW Jack White unveiled his newest idea, the rolling record store. The record store on wheels, which sells Third Man Record albums, t-shirts, and other paraphernalia. (via Third Man Records)

2. Damon Albarn of Blur and Gorillaz fame, is set to star in a musical that he himself wrote. The play will be performed in London and will be based around a 16th century spy, John Dee. (via BBC)

3. It has been confirmed that there will be a collaboration between Radiohead frontman, Thome Yorke, and Doom. Not much else is currently available about their upcoming project. (via Pitchfork)

4. The Mountain Goats are doing their part to help raise money for Japan following the tsunamis. The band, which is currently auctioning a one track demo on ebay. All proceeds go towards helping Doctors Without Boarders. (via Pitchfork)

5. TV on the Radio have announced that bassist and keyboardist Gerard Smith has been diagnosed with lung cancer and is currently undergoing treatment. (via TV on the Radio)