OC Band Greer releases new EP, launches tour

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By Simone Goldstone | Columnist NB Indy Soundcheck

The OC Greer group ends an excellent year. After performing with the Flaming Lips at the OC Fair, the Southern California rock band performed a stellar set at the Ohana Festival in Dana Point featuring their new tracks.

Getting ready to go out “Happy People,“A follow-up EP to their previous“ Lullaby For You, ”Greer is embarking on his first post-Covid tour and it’s one you won’t want to miss.

And in case you were wondering, the band’s guitarist, Corbin, lived in Newport Beach and fondly recalled the teenage nights spent jumping off Balboa Pier, hanging out in the Fun Zone and hanging out. time on the Duffy Boats.

The band’s sound has grown tremendously as they explore different musical avenues and production interests, creating an EP that is essentially power pop, but with aerial OC roots blowing through a more full-bodied sound. .

The EP begins with its main song “Happy People”. A cute pop riff matches its name, and singer Josiah’s voice is laid back in a way that reminds us of what Southern California sounds are meant to be.

The song turns into a catchy chorus that showcases a more cohesive band with mature songs ready to hit the radio.

The song structures are more refined than their previous versions, showcasing their time in the studio as they find their signature sound.

The shocking lyrics of “a bitter life full of hatred” are balanced by joyful instrumentation. Sounding more pop than their previous songs, it lends itself to more accessibility.

Ever since Burger Records went missing, I’m glad we have these talented, compassionate musicians who can make great Southern California sounds in their place. It’s only fair to have more empathetic, open-minded, and socially aware artists to take their place and revamp the music scene.

Greer the group

The next track, “Little Echo”, carries beach vibes. There is a little more psychedelic guitar in this song, and the funny, cheerful music with introspective lyrics seems to be the theme. By adding harmonies, each record Greer releases grows in leaps and bounds as the young group experiments in the studio.

“All My Loving,” the lyrics sing, might be a nod to the Beatles.

“Way Out” is the third track, with faster instruments and stellar drums. This number is better suited for dancing, shocking compared to dark lyrics. Hiding the sadness of words with more joyful instrumentation is a pattern that is repeated. But isn’t this an ode to today’s society? Darker feelings are masked by cheerful social media posts and fake cheers. Isn’t this the pressure that adolescents and young adults are under today? To have these cultural zeitgeists represented by young bands in a song like this is a telling reflection of the society in which young artists grow up.

The last track is called “Connect the Dots”.

“Need to go out alone, need to spend more time at home,” the lyrics are an eloquent contradiction between the need for space for relationships or friends and finding time to grow up. It’s a whole different sound, with a lot going on, but it’s okay as the band experiments and explores to see what sticks together. The lyrics and melody are great, and as they try out ideas in their studio session, they’ll figure out what to save for their long-awaited full album.

If Greer stays true to himself, the sky is the limit. The group has a wonderful collection of songs that hold great promise for a new indie-pop celebrity. With a more refined sound, the EP has more playability and can attract a lot of radio attention.

Their vulnerability and relativity are excellent, so the young group shouldn’t cover their rawness too much with a brilliant studio polish. They have enough talent not to have any. They are capable of so much at such a young age, and they are just starting to climb the mountain of what they can accomplish with this EP.

I will listen to these songs, in a room with an LED-covered ceiling or on my way down the Coast Highway.

To learn more about Greer, visit https://greertheband.com.


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