It’s a rare thing to find smart, poetic lyricism in pop music. Greycoats’ anglo-rock manages to spend both words and melody wisely. Their debut full-length album, Setting Fire to the Great Unknown, was marked by strong ambition, heartfelt romanticism and cinematic sweep. After touring both U.S. coasts, the band returned to The Library Recording Studio in Minneapolis with the production help of guitarist/songwriter Jeremy Ylvisaker (Andrew Bird, The Cloak Ox, Gramma’s Boyfriend, Alpha Consumer).
They set out to make a dust bowl record, and somehow found their way through the 1939 World’s Fair and the post-utopian twilight to follow.
World of Tomorrow is an album with a tighter, focused sound. It’s the story of hubris and survival; death be damned.
The Minnesota quartet released the Helicline EP in June, 2012 to test the waters. The EP was staff-listed among the best local albums of 2012 by City Pages. Referencing Arthur O’Shaughnessy’s “We are the music makers. We are the dreamers of dreams,” Brian Oake of Cities97 said, “There’s a singular and unique vision that [Greycoats] articulate, regardless of the given whims and directions and trends.”
Greycoats will celebrate their new full-length release with a show at The Ritz Theater in Minneapolis on January 26, featuring openers All Eyes, John Mark Nelson and Ben Rosenbush and the work of 12 local artists.
The artwork will then be displayed at an exhibit called INTERPRETATION, PLEASE, as an extended listening party of the album at both the Bottling House (Jan 28 – Feb 15) and Forage Modern Workshop (Feb 18 – Mar 8). The band will perform a series of Saturday “walking tours” of the exhibit, playing stripped down acoustic sets of the entire album.
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