If Anything

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After three solidly built EPs, Canadian post-punk quartet Greys deliver their blistering full-length debut If Anything. With a lead track named after Fugazi and Rites of Spring leader Guy Picciotto, it's apparent where this band's allegiances lie, but amid the post-hardcore aggression are elements of noise rock, classic punk, and even grunge. A self-described "loud rock band from Toronto," Greys indeed have plenty of volume and heaps of attitude as they bash their way through tough grooves ("Use Your Delusion"), frenetic bursts ("Adderall"), and wry punk romps ("Chick Singer"). With a sound developed over the course of three years through heavy touring and multiple smaller indie releases, they offer both the tight rapport of a veteran band and the freewheeling slack that makes them seem fresh. As severe, wild, and dissonant as they can often be, Greys somehow manage not to take themselves so seriously, making If Anything an inviting debut full of character and some ferocious playing.

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