Nottingham quartet Grey Hairs formed in 2011 as an excuse to go the pub on a school night and played their first gig (Americans might know these as ‘shows’) in November that year. It was not bad.
The men and women of Grey Hairs have played in UK underground bands as diverse as Lords, Fists, Fonda 500, The Cult Of Dom Keller, Kogumaza and probably hundreds more they, and you, have forgotten about.
You’d probably call them ‘stalwarts’ if it didn’t sound like something your doctor would find in a prostate exam.
When asked what lead them to form Grey Hairs they will all give the same inspirational answer and that answer is “Geographical Proximity”.
Being in a band in 2013 is the domain of the financially secure. You learn the art of touring in a Transit from the history books and you do it once or twice as a rite of passage before you get a proper job. Every week a new book or documentary comes out that redefines then-young-people’s instinctive and impulsive actions as acts of clear, intelligent design and those once-young-now-old-people reunite to play their accidental masterpiece albums to crowds of actually-young-people as though they designed it that way.
You know what? Fuck that.
Grey Hairs are financially insecure and worried, staring middle age in the face and backing down, afraid. The future is confusing and upsetting. The young distress them and they deal with modern technology like a dog being shown a card trick. Are they angry? Yes they are. What are they going to do about it? The same as they’ve always done: form a band and tour in a Transit while no one takes any notice whatsoever. It’s said it isn’t stupid people who make mistakes, it is stupid people who repeat them again and again.
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GREY HAIRS - "Colossal Downer" LP
GREY HAIRS - "GREY HAIRS EP"
This 3 song 7 inch is the first recorded output from Nottingham's premier midlife crisis rock band Grey Hairs. Featuring members of UK underground bands as diverse and respected as Lords, Fists, Cult Of Dom Keller, Fonda 500 and Kogumaza, Grey Hairs is a conscious attempt to return to the gut instinct impulses that got its 4 band members out of their bedrooms and onstage in the first place. With a reputation for carefree and chaotic live performances, Grey Hairs have turned what started as an excuse to go to the pub on a weeknight into something truly special within the space of a year.