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RingMasterReview: Les Gry-Grys "Left Unseen"

Time to dig out those Go-go and Cuban heeled Chelsea boots or your brightest Winkle Pickers, French rockers Les Grys-Grys offer the perfect opportunity to give them a feverish work out with new single Left Unseen. Consisting of two tracks which whip up a frenzy for feet and a nostalgic appetite to get greedy with, the band confirm themselves as one of the exciting new faces on the garage rock scene.

Hailing from Montpelier, Les Grys-Grys openly wear their sixties inspirations on their sleeves and in their invigorating sound. Starting out playing covers, they have absorbed all the choice essences of bands and sounds which have influenced them and infused them into their own invigorating proposal. The two songs making up Left Unseen, and equally last year’s debut single Hot Gully Wind / Neighbour Neighbour released on State Records, draw on r&b, beat, and any other hue of garage rock ‘n’ roll you can think of, honing all into parties for body and soul. The result is something boldly familiar yet refreshingly individual and current, a sonic adventure for dance-floors and venues surely luring cats of all ages and decades when Les Grys-Grys are played and in town.

Left Unseen explodes in ears with an almost concussive launch of meaty beats, a pungent lure soon wrapped in the sonic enterprise of the guitars and, across the band, a magnetic blend of vocals. Within seconds toes are tapping, hips swaying, and ears greedily locked into the revelry, especially once the rich expression of harmonica and melodic acidity masterfully spilling from guitar strings joins the tenacious frolic. For two and a half minutes, song and band has the listener transported to decades past but involved in a modern mischief with hints of bands like The Kingsmen, and The Count Five nudging thoughts.

Its companion Mighty Crazy is just as irresistible, it’s opening on a fifties rockabilly riff alone enough to spark a licking of lips before the whole stomp breaks into a bluesy garage rock shuffle. Again guitars and harp unite for a frenetic quickstep of sonic devilment whilst the rhythms offer a more grounded but no less infectious invitation to indulge in. Once more like an old friend come to party, it is an inescapable incitement whipping up an eager storm of fun.

The devilry of both tracks borders on intoxicating, so much so that even the infernal fadeouts which normally annoy have no impact on the pleasure.

We will be honest, there is no particular eager appetite for sixties rock music at The RR but with more bands and offerings like Les Grys-Grys and Left Unseen that has begun to change.

Left Unseen is available now via Dirty Water Records.

RingMaster 25/08/2015

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