Greyhaven – ‘Breathe’ EP (Outsider Records) Print
Written by Tim Bolitho-Jones   
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 04:00

Greyhaven Cover Artworkapproved image lrg 2013Post-hardcore lads Greyhaven seem to be on a roll at the moment. They’ve only been around since 2015 but they’re already on their third EP and have a small but dedicated following waiting on their every word. And if ‘Breathe’ is anything to go by, they’re going to have a very good year indeed. This is a well-executed and engaging release that suggests a very bright future.


Their stock in trade is earnest melodic rock that recalls the days when Hundred Reasons were going to be megastars at any minute. There’s an inevitable hint of emo about them but their main focus is on rocking out which they do exceptionally well. ‘Truth,’ ‘When We Divide’ and the excellent ‘Crows’ are all hook-laden anthems that comfortably straddle the divide between hard rock and indie. They could quite easily play Download and Glastonbury in the same summer without upsetting anyone.


Their biggest success though is the title track. When you only have four songs to play with, it’s very risky to put a ballad on an EP but Greyhaven pull it off. It’s a huge song that’s meant to be played alongside an elaborate light show but which also manages to avoid being excessively whiney. If it doesn’t get them invited to Jamie Lenman’s next all-day gig it’s simply because he hasn’t heard it.



A very promising release from an up and coming band, it’d be great to see what they create when they get the budget together for a full album. ‘Breathe’ is a rich, rewarding snapshot of what they’re capable of and we can’t wait to hear more from them. Keep your eyes on these lads, they can write a mean chorus and if you’re a fan of Creeper, Reuben or Jimmy Eat World, they might just be your new favourite band.


‘Breathe’ is out now. You can get your copy HERE.


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