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Gray Matter

Gray Matter: ThogThog (1992)
Dischord Records

Reviewer Rating: 4.5


Contributed by: Greeny341Greeny341
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Man, when I found this record in some crappy store in Camden, London I was so damn pleased! Gray Matter are a band who often are forgotten when giving reference to the early `80s revolution summer bands in Washington, D.C., often overshadowed by the more well-known emo acts like Embrace and Rites of.
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Man, when I found this record in some crappy store in Camden, London I was so damn pleased! Gray Matter are a band who often are forgotten when giving reference to the early `80s revolution summer bands in Washington, D.C., often overshadowed by the more well-known emo acts like Embrace and Rites of Spring, which is a shame because they're really bloody good.

Gray Matter played a catchy style of melodic punk rock in their earlier days, only hinting at the `80s emo trend which was going on during the time. However, on this record their music seems to have matured somewhat into a more reserved brand of rock-and-roll-meets-post-hardcore, which reminds me a lot of early Fugazi.

The LP is definitely a lot more interesting in regards to each individual song; in their earlier efforts, the differences in each song were not so obvious, but Gray Matter's songwriting ability seems to have dramatically improved on this. The vocals seem to have changed as well -- although I am not too sure whether or not they had switched vocalists on this release,

The production is typical of a Dischord record, as it is a lot more produced than what other punk bands would have allowed during the time. However, given the style of punk they play on this LP, it is definitely complementary to the music. "Killing Direction" has to be one of my favorite songs on the LP, which kind of reminds me of the more reserved sections of Leatherface; this song perfectly displays Gray Matter's knack for writing a catchy chorus without becoming poppy.

In conclusion, Thog is an excellent display of an early `80s Washington, D.C. emo band taking a different direction without straying too far from their roots, but at the same time keeping things fresh enough to keep surprising the listener as they trekked throughout their discography.

My recommendation would be to check out their earlier stuff first if your looking for some D.C punk rock with an emo tinge and to go for this record if you're looking for something more mature and rocking.

 

 
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Dayspring (August 20, 2009)

Grey Matter's song "Chutes and Ladders" is a personal favorite, although not on this record.

On a similar note, because someone mentioned them, Hoover's Lurid Transversal of Route 7 and S/T EP are aces.

xshoutoutx (August 18, 2009)

Man, this is about the only worthwhile thing on this site at the moment.

mikeva (August 18, 2009)

"Grey Area > Gray Matter"

I bet Grey Area thinks Gray Matter is better. One of the criminally overlooked bands out of DC in the 80s. I saw their reunion show last year and they were fucking great.

sexualsunshine (August 18, 2009)

This record is so fucking good!!!

PaC (August 18, 2009)

The dude who wrote 30 Days of Night was in that band. I need to get a hold of this record and also that 3 record from which I only know 2 songs, but I really like them.

theautumnpeople (August 18, 2009)

Grey Area > Gray Matter

hamonrye (August 18, 2009)

yeah three are good, empathy is a great song.

SmallYellowChair (August 18, 2009)

Good review for one of the best and most under rated dischord bands. Anyone ever listen to Three? 3/4 of Gray Matter I think? their record dark days coming on dischord was great!

mpc (August 18, 2009)

Good record. Also I agree with the first comment. Hoover, Crownhate Ruin, and Ignition could all use reviews as well as I'm sure a ton of other Dischord stuff I can't think of at the moment.

hamonrye (August 18, 2009)

someone needs to review the first two jawbox records.
and hoover.

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