Combining the sounds of All Time Low, You Me At Six and Mayday Parade, Light Grey is Ireland’s answer to pop-punk. Formed in 2017, the group made their name in the alternative music scene with the pop-rock EP Beginner’s Luck. Temporarily expanding to a full-band format, Light Grey released three well-received singles; however, last year saw an evolution in their discography. The latest addition to their repertoire is ‘Disassociate’.
Nodding to the emo meets pop-punk sounds of the late 90s and early 2000s, Nevin and Connolly combine intimacy and intensity in their hard-hitting track. Produced alongside HappyDaze’s Luke Bovil, ‘Disassociate’ is the first of a series with singles being released throughout 2021. Upbeat and jovial, there is a strong “toe-tapping and head-bopping” quality to ‘Disassociate’, but it is the juxtaposition of lighthearted melodies and poignant lyricism that shows Light Grey’s depth.
According to Light Grey, ‘Disassociate’ “…centres on the theme of losing friends and looking back over the time you’ve wasted on people who truly never cared about you in the first place. It explores the feelings of disassociation that comes with the isolation and realising they were never there for you.” Touching on the emotions of isolation, anxiety and inner conflict, the track can be considered a harsh one, but I suppose reviewing inner angst was the underlying premise of emo music.
With their dynamic guitars and gruff vocals, Light Grey transition from pop-rock to the emo-infused wave of modern pop-punk. A refreshing breath in a stagnant scene, Light Grey showcase eclecticism and innovation in their latest track. Could we say the duo are Ireland’s All Time Low? Maybe…
In addition to their single, Light Grey released an official lyrics video for ‘Disassociate’. Unfortunately, I was unable to view the video because it uses strobe effects and rapid image transition that can trigger seizures in people with photosensitive epilepsy. Watch at your own discretion.