I’ve never really appreciated concept albums, but if you stole a car – like, bare hands through the windshield and hotwired with your teeth, stole a car – won a drag race in said vehicle and then later overdosed in an attempt to get to sleep; this is definitely what it would sound like. I’m sure that’s what Toronto’s Greys were going for.

The colour grey is not quite dark like black, nor light like white. The same goes for the band Greys. They’re not heavy like hardcore, but are also not soft like alternative. Instead they sit somewhere in the middle, a grey area, with a dirty yet soft sound that affords them an edgy rock vibe. As with the music, the band’s vocals also present a duality in that they are shouted, but also sung.

You’d be wise to get strapped in before hitting play on Drift, the new three-song EP from Toronto’s Greys which comes out February 12th on Kind of Like Records. The EP kicks off with a raw, gut-churning roar from singer/guitarist Shehzaad Jiwani and takes off from there to create an unrelentingly powerful and explosive experience over the next ten minutes of music. Those who have missed 90s bands such as Fugazi, Drive Like Jehu or Shellac will find plenty in Greys to soothe their nostalgia for post-punk/noise rock.

The guitar feedback swells as bodies pack into a cold garage in Chinatown to catch a glimpse of Toronto’s newest and dirtiest rock band, Greys. In spite of the February chill, people crowd the quartet as they rip into a set of throat-searing, fist-raising anthems that mix muscular riffage with atonal discordance in a style that wouldn’t be out of place on a Sub Pop or Touch & Go sampler from 1991. Put it this way: If Fugazi suddenly displayed a penchant for stoner rock riffs; if Duane Denison jammed with John Reis; if Nirvana never released Nevermind; if the nineties never ended – this is the alternate universe in which Greys exist.