Two years ago, The Blues and Greys made its debut at Muddy Waters, the recently shuttered coffeehouse. Composed of core members Lindsey Waldon (vocals), Joey McDermott (drums), Zach Wallace (synth), Michael Million (bass and vocals), and two “silent partners,” Thom Flowers and Jon Miller on guitars, The Blues and Greys have already proved to be a band on the rise. Last May, for example, it opened for indie folk-pop band Of Monsters and Men and shared the Bowl stage with other renowned artists, including Banks, Walk the Moon, and Family of the Year. Since the band’s Bowl appearance, it has headlined its first show at SOhO Restaurant & Music Club along with L.A.-based band Honey and is recording with producer Eric Palmquist at Orange Whip StudiosTK. By day the band members are working their music-based jobs at Seymour Duncan, S.B. Middle School, and Girls Rock S.B., but by night, they are practicing “in a tiny room with no air conditioning, just jamming,” said McDermott.
Drawing influences from romance, books, and relationships, its new music, which it will premiere at its New Noise gig, “goes a lot deeper and darker,” explained Waldon. “It has a drive that isn’t shown so much on Bright Lights,” its debut EP released in 2013. She described Bright Lights as “soft and hits the surface,” and it is nothing like what they’re working on now. The band’s new music can be compared to that of The Strokes and Interpol but with a twist. “We’re finally figuring out who we are as a band and our aesthetic,” Waldon said. Having recently recorded a new song, “Black Spring,” these musicians are over-the-top excited to share their art and to perform what they’ve been rehearsing and polishing. Be on the lookout as they bring their dark music with easy-to-listen-to tones and soft lyrics to a venue near you.