Review by Bobby Green
Convenience is the 3rd release from the Cork based music collective ‘The Grey Merchant’ and is as focused and socially charged as you’d expect from these lads from the peoples republic. I remember hearing their 1st release, ‘Spotless (The Protecting Veil)’ and being really impressed and eager to find out how their sound would evolve without being so reliant on such an iconic vocal sample. But after ‘The Last Transmission’ and now ‘Convenience’ I’m now aware that The Grey Merchant aren’t just a collective with some talent and spare time on their hands, they really mean business.
I’ve been getting bored of the bleeding hearts that are so commonplace in Irelands music scene, open up a blood bank and do something useful with all that spillage lads because at last there’s an Alternative Rock band with something to shout about on the horizon. It’s only Hip Hop nowadays that really has something to say on street level and even that’s getting a bit turgid and distasteful in some places. But The Grey Merchant are stomping down your street right now, shouting out loud and maybe waking a few people up. And if this is a flavour of their debut album ‘Avenue De Rennes’ expected in late July this year, then I’m sure it’s going to be fucking tasty.
Convenience goes on release May 31 2017 on Spotify, iTunes, and the usual digital platforms, but if you can’t wait that long then jump on ‘The Last Transmission’ & ‘Spotless (The Protecting Veil)’ while you wait.