Album #2 – in the making with producer Chips Kiesbye
Reviews about the debut album – Longing to Fly
ROLLING STONE MGZN – Review 3/5
”Greybeards from Sweden – just 21 throws at pathos an all mainstream rock clubs claim ”We’ll Never Die”. When, if not now?”
7/10 points – There’s a glut of slightly alternative, slightly classic rock-inspired bands around at the moment, and some of them manage to sound as corporate and soulless as it’s possible for rock music to sound, which is always a somewhat dispiring thing. That is what makes bands like Greybeards such a pleasant surprise. They play an unashamedly radio-friendly style of music, but they play it with a level of enthusiasm and joy that makes it clear that this band is more than just another rock act, it’s a labour of love. It’s almost impossible not to raise a smile upon hearing bouncy, irrepressible songs like “Let it out” and “We’ll Never Die”, which combine exuberant rock riffs with a guitar sound ripped out of country rock. So perky and energetic are the songs contained on “Longing to Fly” that it kind of sounds like the album that puppies would write if they had the ability and desire to write music. The band’s occasionally broken and accented English only serves to add to the charm of the entire enterprise, and the general raucous and vibrant feel of this album. Okay, so there ar some tracks on here where Greybeards sound a little bit like a bargain basement Foo Fighters (“Eversince” is probably the worst offender) but hey, they’re young, they’re unpretentious and they’re fun. As a statement of seriously rocking intent, nobody can doubt this album’s sincerity, or its quality. “ Elinor Day, Powerplay Rock and Metal Magazine, Issue 180, Powerplay Mgzn
”Greybeards is a Swedish rock band that was founded in 2012. Heavily influenced by Foo Fighters and Hellacopters, their music lies somewhere in between. In September 2014 the independent Label, Attitude Recordings signed Greybeards, immediately booked the studio, and 9 months later released the debut album “Longing to Fly” in Sweden. And here it is:
Rock’n’Roll is not dead. It just moved to Sweden. At least this is what this album sounds like. Tens songs with a total duration of forty-two minutes get you moving along and dance. Spreading a good vibe, Greybeards put out a brilliant debut album. Catchy melodies and great lyrics cause the songs to get stuck in your head. Smooth guitar riffs get your muscles twitching and your legs to move along to the beat – at least. “Longing To Fly” is not only a very optimistic album, but also the songs on this release give you the impression of reaching the impossible.
This debut album of Greybeards contains empowering music that plants the seed of hope deep in your heart. A beautiful album that is filled with positive vibes. So get up and get this brand new album “Longing To Fly” now. ” – http://tempelores.com/?p=11789
Swedish rockers Greybeards have been around for two years or so and have built up a reputation as a force to be reckoned with live, and this is their first release for Stockholm based Attitude Recordings ‘Longing To Fly’.
As you may guess from the album’s title Greybeards are heavily influenced by the Foo Fighters. This comes across in the structure of the songs and that twangy Dave Grohl guitar sound. What surprised me most about these guys though is their lack of years on this planet. All the members of the band are only 21, not that this should influence my review at all and it doesn’t, because Greybeards show a musical maturity that usually only comes with time and plenty of gigging.
Opening track ‘Memories’ is a chunk of Foo’s influenced pop rock with some strong hooks, whilst ‘Let It Out’ reeks of ‘90s grunge and reminds me very much of The Lemonheads. ‘We’ll Never Die’ has a great singalong chorus and some great musicianship, but ‘Take The Fight’ sounds a little too much like the Foo’s ‘All My Life’, and for me this is where the issues with Greybeards’ obvious obsession with Messrs Grohl and co start to blur their material.
There is no denying that these guys have talent and overall this is a decent first effort from Greybeards. I feel however, that as the band develop and mature only then will we get to the true Greybeards sound. I will be interested to hear the follow up to this. In the meantime though if you are a fan of your retro grunge and of course the Foo Fighters then it wouldn’t be a waste of your time or money to give this a blast. Uberrock.co.uk (2015-10-31)
5/10 points – Greybeards are a newcomer from Sweden, which started in 2012. Three years later the band releases its debut album, entitled “Longing to Fly”. The band consists of young guys who are all in their 20s. Listening to the album, it became obvious to me that they guys are quite focused on what they wanna deliver.
“Longing to Fly” blends classic rock, rock & roll, modern rock, pop-rock & alternative rock altogether. The band’s influences vary from Foo Fighters, to The Hellacopters (Imperial State Electric) and Graveyard among others. At times the rocking moments of Rush comes to my mind too. The sound is rather rockin, “dirty” and fresh – not “retro” whatsoever, as the current trend is.
I like it when the guys follow the dirty rock & roll and classic rock path more, like in “Memories”, “Let It Out” or “We’ll Never Die”, their more contemporary attempts are not my cup of tea. I think that old rockin’ attitude with the fresh sound suits them better, but that’s my personal opinion. Undoubtedly, Greybeards is a gifted young act, which will grow better in time and will mature over the years. Their first release is enjoyable and I’m positive they have what it takes to go further… it’s totally up to them. Time, hard work & live shows can and will work for their own benefit… Grande-rock.com (2015-10-10)
GREYBEARDS – ”Longing To Fly” – With not a grey beard in sight, “Longing To Fly” is the debut from a quartet of young Swedish musicians that slides into the Alternative Rock category like a non-studded glove. All four members have music degrees, which doesn’t make it very surprising that their debut definitely has a sound that you can imagine students getting quietly crazy over. There’s plenty of upbeat songs here, which is always a good thing, with hints of the ever present Foo Fighters, Queens Of The Stone Age and fellow Swedes The Helicopters, which results in a happy feel and an album that doesn’t grow dull over time.
Saying that, it also doesn’t jump out and beg to be played as the ten tracks leave a distinct feeling of “yeah … that was pretty good” in your mouth, rather that of “holy shit … what was THAT!” if you see what I mean. The vocals are pretty good, and stand up top other bands of the same ilk, and when they get going Greybeards have a good time Rocking out, but all the same nothing really stands out and nothing makes you raise you raise your fist and yell.
So what we have is a decent debut that certainly has appeal for fans of well-paced Indie type Rock. It’s well made and well played, but lacks a few killer songs that would make it stick around in your brain for a while. Even so it wouldn’t surprise me if Greybeards stuck it out for a few more albums, maybe getting lucky in the fame lottery as well.
Fireworks Magazine, Issue 72, Download
Energetic Rock n’ roll from Sweden!
Greybeards released their debutalbum LONGING TO FLY 27th of march. It got a 8/10 review in Sweden Rock Magazine and the single MEMORIES was featured on national radiostation Rockklassiker.
Now they have spent the whole summer in a motorhome on the roads of Europe and UK to promote their album, and on the 5th of august the tour stops at Cafee cabron Roundtown.com (2015-08-01)
The young four-piece (their drummer just turned twenty one) hail from the small Swedish town Gavle. Obviously heavily influenced by legendary rock bands like The Foo Fighters, their sound is mature, and refined, beyond their years. …I went at the invitation of my brother, and had done very little research into the band so wasn’t overly sure what to expect; I was so pleasantly surprised. What struck me most was the sheer talent and skill; to write a catchy, rock song in your second language is impressive! Also, each of them look comfortable and at-home on the stage. Their current UK tour is coming to a close, but I’d reccomend keeping an eye for when they’re next around, for sure! Splitthecity.blogspot.se (2015-07-31)
Greybeards Longing To Fly [ Attitude Recordings ] In any blind test the young north of Stockholm based band Greybeards’ debut album could certainly be mistaken for some half classic British rock production from the seventies. Driven by tender conviction the quartet storms the fort of rock music with songs, sound, attitude and an obvious musical authority, reminiscent of both Mott the Hoople and the Kinks, Thin Lizzy and Slade. The inherent and rather warm cockiness of this band makes it hard to guard against them. In their live performances, the band must be highly explosive. Recorded, the bar is placed at its highest with rock gems as We’ll Never Die. CO (SIMBA newsletter April 2015) Review (SIMBA newsletter April 2015)
Debut album ”Longing to Fly” – Released in Scandinavia in March 2015 and in the rest of Europe January 2016.