Grayscale deliver an emphatic set to an adoring London audience

Five-piece Philidephian alternative rock outfit Grayscale have taken the ever-growing pop-punk scene by storm. Despite forming back in 2011, it was only in 2017 that the band signed to Fearless Records and released their debut album Adornment. Fast forward to 2019 and the band have gained real traction, having released an impressive second album and landing a support slot for cult-heroes Real Friends on a full-length tour across the UK and Europe…

The evening’s openers, Belmont, left the entirety of Camden’s Electric Ballroom thoroughly warmed-up and wanting more, and just 15 minutes later, our prayers were answered: Grayscale took to the stage. New track In Violet kicked off proceedings with attitude but simultaneously held enough back for the more upbeat, rowdier tracks on the setlist. Baby Blue then cranked things up a notch, followed with 2016 track Palette; the room felt to grow with energy after every note. 

With this angst in the air and the audience’s thirst not quite yet quenched, Mum really hit hard and gave the room what it needed, sparking vigour among the gig-goers and sewing seeds of crowd surfers across the venue. Walsh belted out the lyrics, perfectly in sync with the choir of fans in attendance, and with only a mic stand to contend with, his movement across the stage was mosh-inspiring.

With the crowd now settling into the set, the guys kept the energy high with another track off the new album, YOUNG. The vigour this song injected into the audience was only surpassed by Painkiller Weather, a singalong number that brought the whole room together. Before we knew it, In My Arms and Old Friends began winding things down and the whole crowd was left shocked, they hadn’t played… and there it was: Fever Dream. The room erupted as the chorus hit, inundating security with crowd surfers before the song perfectly fell into another classic– Atlantic.

By this point, the audience were satisfied and thoroughly readied for headliners Real Friends to come onto the stage. Personally, I was a little disappointed to not see Forever Yours featuring on the setlist but if anything, the performance the guys gave left me wanting more, I hope to see them headlining a show soon.

4/5 Bytes.

Fraser Wakeling.

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