"While The Wheels Still Turn"

By Professor Jocko

As the 2010’s come towards a close, many bands are finding that they don’t have to follow the musical trends that have lead us to this point. Alternative bands are a thing of the past, most of which you will find in the discount bin at any music store, and rock radio seems to be coming full circle with much better play lists that don’t drone on endlessly with one song that sounds the same as the one before it. Greystone Canyon is such a band that is carving out their own path with their debut release, “While The Wheels Still Turn”. They have successfully combined a hard rock element with both a blues and classical element that helps to create a very unique sound that blends well together, giving each song an identity of its own.

Hailing from Melbourne Australia, and newcomers to the professional music scene, Greystone Canyon probably doesn’t have any names you would recognize, but once you listen to what they have to offer, that becomes quickly irrelevant. Darren Cherry, the bands vocalist and guitar player, really seems to carry his vision and culture into this album, which is loosely based on old western films; the album cover image also helps to reinforce this idea. If you were ever a fan of early 80’s hard rock, then you will certainly appreciate many of the features of this record. The first track called “Keeping Company With The Dead”, is more of an epilogue to the next eight following tracks. This does lay down a solid foundation for what’s to come, but once you hear the intricate guitar work, and heavy sound of the supporting rhythm section, will realize that this is more than a one-dimensional LP. 

If you are the kind of person that likes to break down the components of any particular song, will find that there is a lot to analyze with the dynamics of each track. For example, track four, “Cinco Cuerda Bandito”, is just a mild instrumental with Mother Nature as a supplemental background score. This could be a transcendental window into wide open landscapes, endless horizons or your own personal manifest destiny, which is something the band prides itself on. There is also a fantastic classical guitar element as found in a track titled “Sombrero Serenade”, which is a soothing break in the, letting it breath as you continue to the second half of the album. The last several tracks have a lot more punch, giving it a triumphant conclusion which showcases the individual talents of each member of the band. This is heard with the final song, appropriately titled “As The Sun Sets” which combines acoustic guitar with a mellow vibe that eases you into the last few notes of a very well produced set of songs.