Band of the Day

2015.06.18

Grayscale

Pure, raw emotion from a young Philly-based pop punk five-piece
I see it in your cloudy eyes, you’re desperate and hopeless tonight.
lyrics from Change

Little over a year after their breakthrough debut EP ‘Leaving,’ Philadelphia rock/pop-punk outfit Grayscale still feel like they’re just getting started. “Growing up, we were unified through our own set of issues we all had and over the past year, seeing our music impacting kids and helping them through similar situations… that’s the thing I love more than anything about this band. And we feel like we’re just getting started” proffers vocalist Collin Walsh. In reality, writing and performing the songs was equally therapeutic for the band themselves, as bassist Derek Parker adds; “We’re more comfortable and confident as people and musicians. We’ve really learned why we picked up instruments as kids and why we want to do this.” With influences such as Brand New, Jimmy Eat World, and The Starting Line, songwriting is an integral craft for the young five-piece; “The new material is the most lyric-focused and diverse we’ve written, all while remaining deeply personal to us,” states guitarist Dallas Molster.

With producer Gary Cioffi (Transit, Misser) at the helm, the band have completed their debut full-length, due this summer and titled What We’re Missing. “The title is inspired by missing important people in our lives and experiences that would’ve taken place if certain relationships had lasted; it’s about the ‘what ifs’ and the ‘could have beens’” states drummer Nick Veno. Having signed to independent label Anchor Eighty Four Records, the band released a taster EP titled Change this spring before taking the show out on the road. As guitarist Andrew Kyne explains; “We’re relishing everything, the new record and signing to a cool label we love. We want to reach more people and give them something to relate to and confide in. This band is our outlet to do that. We want our pure, raw emotion to connect with fans and for them to scream back at us.”