Featuring members of UK underground bands as diverse and respected as Lords, Fists, Cult Of Dom Keller, Fonda 500 and Kogumaza, Grey Hairs is a conscious attempt to return to the gut instinct impulses that got its 4 band members out of their bedrooms and onstage in the first place. With a reputation for carefree and chaotic live performances, the men and women of Grey Hairs have turned what started as an excuse to go to the pub on a weeknight into something truly special within the space of a couple of years.
Following 7″s on Gringo and Hello Thor (a Harry Nilsson covers single entitled Grey Hairs Schmey Hairs), Colossal Downer weighs in bigger, weirder, catchier and (most importantly) louder than its predecessors. It’s a convincing argument that the best way to deal with approaching middle-age and increasingly pointless employment is to simply buy more amplifiers. Never has the gradual disintegration of hearing been quite as gleeful, or therapeutic.
Conceived as 2 EPs (“Man Gulps” and “Little Fingers”) for your listening convenience (we’re all busy people), Colossal Downer recalls nothing less than the pre-goldrush, anything-goes era of Nirvana before everyone got so hung up on genre definition. Rapid-fire punk rock blasters nestle up to lumbering caveman grind. Echoey surf clang shares vinyl space with riff-heavy garage fuzz. It’s how records are meant to be: idiosyncratic and representative of the people who made them.