The press for The Grey Raceâ€™s new EP includes a quote from Jon Darling, singer, songwriter and guitarist: â€œI donâ€™t really like the norm â€“ I get a kick out of things that are a little messed up. Leaving the cracks and creases in, the imperfections, is attractive to me.â€
And the EP has that kind of sound. On the one hand, itâ€™s pretty heavy and heady lyrically, and itâ€™s sung in full earnest. But the music and crisp production belie the melancholy. Theyâ€™re similar to Iron & Wine or The Cure in that way: You listen and you donâ€™t realize how sad the song is because of the beats behind it.
For the almost-obligatory-these-days cover song, the band chose The Zombies, â€œCare of Cell 44.â€ It seems like lots of folks have chosen to do this tune in recent years, most notably Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs, but the version here still manages to sound fresh.