New York City rockers Grayhunter describe their music as “making you jump and dance while you question how you make life decisions.” This is largely borne out of the engaging vocals of frontwoman Reisha Cadelina alongside the able support of lively guitars and somewhat epic solos.
We took a listen to the band’s latest single Hyperdrive, which they described as Reisha’s “smooth and haunting vocals with powerful, booming guitars as she pushes away her lover. Well, ex-lover.”
It opens with drawn-out chords and light licks under Reisha’s laid-back vocals “How was your day? Working hard and its hardly working, That’s a pretty shade of red by the way, How did she taste? I hope it was completely worth it, God forbid her lipstick go to waste.”
Bursts of guitar come in in-between lone vocals “I know it’s the thrill of the chase, Can’t see why it’s so inate, You don’t need to pick and choose, I’m bound to always lose.” Then it jumps into a big chorus with Reisha’s singalong vocals supported by heavier guitars.
“Don’t be ashamed, I know you have your selfish reasons, Gotta love yourself first that’s what they say, So what was her name, Cos I can try to be just like her, Maybe you can love me just the same, Guitar bursts kick in again under the lines “The feel of your hands on her waist, The way she calls your name, Haunts me every day” that lead into another catchy chorus.
The second chorus drops into Reisha’s more intense vocals “Maybe next time you look in my eyes, You’ll resist seeing her fucking smile, Don’t comfort me, I know she comes before me,” which build up to a final, heavier blast of the chorus. Give this awesome track a listen below:
The track is taken from last year’s debut EP Comeback Kid, from which we also love the sound of Survivor. It starts slowly but bursts into an engaging chorus, then increases in rockiness through to an awesome guitar solo. Check it out below:
In fact, the entire EP is fantastic and we implore you to give it a listen. We spoke to Reisha to find out a bit more about the band. Read on below…
GR: Who are Grayhunter?
Resiha: “Grayhunter is some sort of rock band based in NYC. Frontwoman Reisha met drummer Richard in elementary school (SUPER throwback) and bassist Allen in college. Dave Gherard and David Alan Cooper (guitarists) were found with the help of handy dandy Craigslist.”
GR: You just released Hyperdrive. What should people be expecting from the song? What inspired you to write it?
Reisha: “Hyperdrive is about staying in an unhealthy relationship and wanting to put up with toxic behavior out of fear of never finding anyone who will truly love you. I started writing this song on a lazy Sunday afternoon, watching Netflix in bed with the boyfriend I knew I would soon break up with.
“The song itself lists all the reasons to leave and hints at an expiration date, if only the narrator could muster the self-esteem. Listeners should expect to be understandably upset but see this song as a mirror; if we realized how hard we were on ourselves, we could learn to make much healthier decisions.”
GR: How would you describe the Grayhunter sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
Reisha: “It’s almost like pop meets R&B meets hard rock/prog rock. That’s probably the best we can explain it.”
GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
Reisha: “A big theme for our music is surviving – surviving trauma, heartbreak, and mental health issues. More importantly, our songs aim to instill hope that there is always a light at the end of the tunnel despite these struggles.”
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
Reisha: “Thin Lizzy, Rush, Phish, Marianas Trench, and System of a Down -even though our music sounds nothing like any of those bands.”
GR: What have you got coming up through the rest of 2019? New music, new gigs, recording etc…?
Reisha: “We’re really excited about playing at the upcoming Fall Music Festival at Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem, NY on 22 September. We’ll be rocking on the Richard Rodgers Amphitheater with a bunch of other really talented artists! We are also in the middle of working on our second EP, Trigger Warning, currently scheduled to be released by Summer 2020.”
GR: Anything else you’d like people to know about you/your music?
“Whether or not you’ve specifically experienced the types of traumas our music deals with, we’re confident that everyone can connect to our music and we’d love for you to listen!”