Massage – “In Grey & Blue” 

Posted: November 9, 2021 in MUSIC
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Keeping the jangly West Coast thing going, here’s a new single from L.A.’s Massage who are led by singer-guitarist Andrew Romano and former Pains of Being Pure at Heart bassist Alex Naidus. (The group are rounded out by keyboardist Gabrielle Ferrer, drummer Natalie de Almeida, and bassist David Rager.) If the first Pains album is your favourite, Massage are very much in that vein, but with a little more emphasis on ’80s British indie, from Mary Chain noise to Field Mice preciousness.

The band released their terrific second album, Still Life, back in June and they’ve already announced their next, an EP titled “Lane Lines” that’s out December 1st on Mt.St.Mtn. The lead track, “In Grey & Blue,” is a warm, melodic winner that draws from a very specific influence — the guitary half of New Order’s 1989 Ibiza-made album Technique.

This sparkling homage to New Order’s Ibiza period is the first single off Massage’s new ‘Lane Lines’ EP

“The original inspiration was actually the Go-Betweens — specifically their propulsive live version of ‘Bye Bye Pride’ — and I can still hear some Grant McLennan in the melody,” Romano says. “But then one night during the pandemic we were all doing a distanced hang in Gabi’s yard and New Order’s ‘Run’ came on some playlist and I suddenly realized that that was the sound I wanted: the crack of Stephen Morris’s drums, the fizz of Bernard Sumner’s guitar, the bounce of Peter Hook’s bass — just the whole vibe of leaving the plague behind and falling in love on some Spanish island.”

The video for “In Grey & Blue,” directed by the band’s Gabrielle Ferrer, makes its premiere in this post. 

“In Gray & Blue (Single Version)” written by Massage, produced by Andrew Brassell and Massage, mastered by Mikey Young “Lane Lines” EP out December 2021 on Mt.St.Mtn.

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