This album is unique. Every song on this album is unique. Greyhounds could be compared as a rock and soul mix of TV on The Radio, The Black Keys with Danger Mouse-type of production. Two middle-age (white) men, Anthony Farrell and Andrew Trube from Austin TX form this duet who tackle retro soul music like (Black) artists (Devil’s Eyes) using vintage keyboards and groovy rhythms.

But it doesn’t stop there. The Greyhounds guys can also create authentic Americana that sounds like JJ Cale (Late Night Slice) or The Band (Change of Pace). Those are big shoes to fill! On Set Us Free, a big black voice leads an irresistible organ groove that really sounds like it was taken from a Booker T and the MG’s album. On Cuz I’m Here, the singer sounds like Marvin Gaye! Wow! Both Farrell and Trube handle singing duties. I must admit I don’t know which guy sing which song. They’re both awesome, anyways.

 

Each and every of these 12 songs are interesting, very typical of a music genre and very different one from another. These guys know how to create moods. They make me think of The Black Keys by the way they sound like their music was released 30 years ago (listen to Before BP (The War is on For your Mind if you have any doubts…), yet it’s very “actual”.

The bio on their Facebook page says it right: “As Greyhounds, guitarist Andrew Trube and keyboardist Anthony Farrell have been making music and touring for 15 years, refining and developing a sound Trube calls “Hall and Oates meet ZZ Top.”” “Change of Pace” is their 5th album, after “Liberty” (2004), “No Mas” (2009) – both were launched on Luther Records -, “Spring Training” (2011) and “Accumulator” (2014), on Ardent Records.

Greyhounds makes soul live again, and we won’t complain!

GREYHOUNDS
Change of Pace
(Ardent Records, 2016)

-Genre: soul
-Sounds like The Black Keys, TV on the Radio, Marvin Gaye, JJ Cale

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Nicolas Pelletier

Mélomane invétéré et rédacteur agréé, Nicolas pratique la critique en mode olympique: il parle de tout, tout le temps, depuis 1991. Il a publié 6 000 critiques de disques et concerts dont 1100 chez emoragei magazine et 600 sur enMusique.ca, dont il a également été le rédacteur-en-chef de 2009 à 2014. Il publie “Les perles rares et grands crus de la musique” en 2013, et devient stratège numérique des radios de Bell Média en 2015, participant au lancement de la marque iHeartRadio au Canada en 2016.