US pop punk band Grayscale have just announced that they’ll be dropping 3 reimagined songs to celebrate their most recent full-length, Nella Vita (our review here). Live From the Barber Shop Studios EP will include reworkings of ‘What’s On Your Mind’, ‘Baby Blue’ and ‘Painkiller Weather’, the latter of which is one of the band’s most successful singles to date. Guitarist Dallas Molster shares:
“Every single member of the band grew up with an incredibly wide musical palette. We were drawn to everything from jazz, classic rock, hip-hop and anything in between. We saw this as an opportunity to rearrange our songs in totally different styles and to tap into some different musical influences than usual.”
And if you listen back through Nella Vita, you kinda get a feel for the band’s vast musical diversity of pop, funk, jazz and blues. The guys definitely swayed away from the pop punk standards on this album and experimented on their own into the musical stratosphere. ‘Baby Blue’ is the first track from this EP which the band have shared for us all today, and unlike the original version it’s taken on a quite a different pace, honing in on the brass and blues elements of the song. Molster explains:
“Our good friend Skyler Patzer, who had written the piano arrangement previously on our Punk Goes Acoustic ‘Atlantic’ track, laid down a piano part reminiscent of the Motown sound to the vocal of ‘Baby Blue,’ and after hearing this, I was immediately inspired to arrange this in the vein of a ‘big band’ song.”
If you’re yet to jump on Grayscale, they’re amongst the new crop of pop punk bands (alongside Stand Atlantic, Sleep On It, Yours Truly and Belmont) carrying the genre into this new decade. They’re absolutely worth a listen.
Live From the Barber Shop Studios EP is out July 29th through Fearless Records. Pre-save here
Grayscale – Live From The Barber Shop Studios EP Tracklisting:
1. Baby Blue (Reworked)
2. Painkiller Weather (Reworked)
3. What’s On Your Mind (Reworked)
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