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Like the wild geese that the Portland-based trio are named after, the members of Greylag have all undertaken amazing journeys, migrating as if by homing instinct from different parts of the US, Greylag rich in melody, mood and detail embracing electric and acoustic with a sound that’s both subtle and forceful.
Andrew Stonestreet (lead vocal, acoustic guitar, originally from West Virginia), Daniel Dixon (lead guitar and other stringed things, keyboards, from Northern California) and Brady Swan (drums, from Texas). The venerated Phil Ek (Band of Horses, Fleet Foxes, Modest Mouse, The Shins) produced the album at Seattle’s Avast! Studio, who clearly knows a sublime enterprising combination of roots and rock music when he hears it.
The name Greylag looks and sounds strong but has developed more meaning for the band – It’s a wild goose, from which all domestic geese originate, so it’s the first survivor, and it’s still wild, and doing things its own way – the ‘lag’ part refers to it being the last bird to migrate. It sits back and watches. We love the connotation.”

The influences range wildly – Dixon talks of Swan’s love of house music whilst Stonestreet grew up with folk and bluegrass. Other named influences that can be spied through those lenses are Led Zeppelin and Portland’s most famous son, the late Elliott Smith. Stonestreet also enthuses about Fleetwood Mac’s 1969 classic Then Play On, Bob Dylan, and Crosby, Stills & Nash. Dixon says Neil Young more than CS&N, and also, more surprisingly, the other worldy-ness of Sigur Rós.

The new record is their first proper recording as a band. This can be sampled in the dynamic sway of “Mama”, “Kicking” and “One Foot” while “Black Sky” and “Walk The Night” illuminate that “spooky” Led Zep III/Buckley axis. “Yours To Shake” and Burn On”, meanwhile, connect the two poles, building from quiet to loud, as Greylag take flight, gloriously. It’s a selective journey, though: though up to 65 demos were recorded, the album is a modest, yet very complete, nine tracks and 37 minutes in length.

The album artwork is the final touch. It resembles an old hardbound book, with the name pressed into the surface and a symbol above it, roughed up on edges, like something you’d find in a grandfather’s attic, something a little dark and strange and mysterious. It feels modern but it’s inspired by something from an earlier era.

Taken from their forthcoming self titled album “Greylag” released late last year, this Portland trio has a folk Fleet Foxes type sound, the songs are catchy and briskly strummed epics with great vocals

Greylag are a folk Rock band that sounds like they were a metal band at one time. In my twisted world, Greylag were a rocking metal band from Portland that were coerced into doing an unplugged show for some local Wilamette charity. Upon the completion, they decided to give this folk thing a go full time. Being that Greylag claim everything from Zeppelin to Elliot Smith to xxx, there were surely lines to be blurred.

Greylag, named after a wild goose, is comprised of Andrew Stonestreet (lead vocal, acoustic guitar), Daniel Dixon (lead guitar & other stringed things, keyboards) and Brady Swan (drums). For their full-length debut, they employed Phil Ek at the knobs. Ek best known for his work with other NW acts such as Built To Spill, Fleet Foxes and Band of Horses to name a few heard something he liked when
“Yours To Shake” and “Arms Unknown”, the second and third tracks on the album bring out my inner Butt-Head. Watch the video for Yours To Shake below and tell me you’re screaming Rock!!! Rock!!! about a minute in. The tune about a fiery relationship builds slowly before kicking in, with some Zeppelin-esque guitars. The lyrics throughout, as well as the album cover, give off this 70s feel when Zeppelin ruled the world.

Portland, Oregon band Folk Rockers “Greylag” this is the second track taken from their debut self titled album “Greylag”,this track is a dark and moody study of good and evil, gorgeously shot in the Northern Californian woods out now on “Dead Oceans Records”

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Greylag a trio from Portland Oregon  the band got together from all parts of the USA, heavy on moody vocals and blustery instrumentation