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Album Review: Afterthoughts by Greywind

Irish alt-rock act Greywind release their debut album Afterthoughts on 27th January via Spinefarm Records. The Greywind story is a potent reminder that a whole new world of possibilities could be waiting just a few clicks away. Rewind a few years and an aspiring band had one option: to hit the road and get their talents in front of as many potential fans as humanly possible. By contrast, Greywind’s rise to prominence started before they’d even played a single gig.

Located on the shore of the Lough Leane lake in the south of Ireland, Greywind’s home of Killarney is a beautiful town and a popular tourist destination. For young people passionate about music – like the O’Sullivan siblings Steph (vocals) and Paul (guitar) – it’s a place of limited opportunity. “My best friend at the time said, ‘you live in Killarney, you’re never going to be a singer’,” recalls Steph, who admits to being an outsider as she grew up. “I was shy and people probably just thought ‘there’s that weird girl who listens to My Chemical Romance’.”

Inspired by the likes of Thrice and Jimmy Eat World, the O’Sullivans would dream of a bigger future: touring the world and playing on the Warped Tour. Bargain flights to the UK to see bands such as Thrice and Brand New offered a glimpse into a whole other existence, but a dearth of other local musicians meant that their dreams of forming a band never really progressed beyond that. One potential guitarist jumped ship before he’d even joined. “We told him, ‘We don’t want this to be a hobby, we want to tour the world.’ We probably sounded like lunatics when we’d never even played a show,” laughs Paul.

The turning point came following the suicide of their uncle. Grasping the shortness and fragility of life, Steph and Paul decided to forge ahead despite their lack of a conventional band line-up. Still a hive of enthusiasm, the siblings’ bond is evident with their continuing eagerness to finish each other’s sentences. “We wanted to make a start and feel like we were doing something,” explains Paul. “And we thought it would take years,” interjects Steph. “Which it usually does.”

Those experiences and influences come together in a beefy and ridiculous infectious and immediate album. Lyrically it goes to dark places but that doesn’t detract from how accessible it is, so accessible that comparison could be made to a heavier version of Paramore. Essentially it’s a heavy pop album, it’s an enjoyable album however it isn’t one that you’ll rush back to.

Unfortunately, it’s an album that at the end of the day is pretty unremarkable. It begins to morph into one track with little discernible difference from one to the next. Each one is fine by itself, put 10 together and it’s all a little meh. ‘Safe Haven’ might be the only track which really stands out.

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