Now Playing: Turzi and The Grey Race:: 2007 CMJ Festival
  • FRIDAY, JANUARY 11, 2008

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Taking inventory of the most popular French bands, it might seem appropriate to assume an entire nation’s contribution to pop music is, more or less, centered around a collective obsession with sexy, out of body anthems. Air, Daft Punk, Justice – all seem to employ hazy headed hypnotics and improvised bouts of bliss that unwind at a variety of different energy levels and tempos. Taking in the band’s spectacle at The FADER CMJ Sideshow, it certainly seems as if Turzi share plenty in common with the fellow countrymen mentioned above. But this performance also reveals a band less concerned with songwriting, and more tuned in to experimenting with a variety of influences all at once.


While only one member can boast born and raised status, it is certainly still fair to call this performance from Brooklyn Based quartet The Grey Race a high profile, hometown test…one the band passes with flying, melodic colors. Recorded at the World’s Fair Showcase during the 2007 CMJ Festival, the band pulls on plenty from their recently released debut, Give It Love, throughout this performance. Showing why the album won crowds and critics alike, Jon Darling – his glorious falsetto smoothing over any edge at all – fronts a band who should claim expertise in the field of mid tempo torch songs and elegant, melodic rock. - David Pitz

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VIDEO: Turzi:: “Live at the FADER CMJ Sideshow” – NYC, NY
VIDEO: The Grey Race:: “Live at the Bowery Ballroom” – NYC, NY

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