Benny Ball review of In The Grey live at the Young Empire Hotel. In The Grey live at the Young Empire Hotel, 1-5-04
Article By Benny Ball on May 6, 2004


Signing to Below Par Records in 2003, In The Grey are a young post-punk act from the Central Coast who are going places. Having constantly toured throughout the East Coast of Australia for the last 3 months, In The Grey have chosen to end this leg of their journey in Young.


This morbidly quiet town in rural NSW is not the place I would have chosen to crown such a successful tour - but since their formation in 2001, In The Grey seem to have made all the right choices, and surprisingly, playing tonight's show was one of them. Having recently released their second EP, Wake The Silent Day, the band regularly prove themselves to be a powerful live act (copping a headstock to the face is all part of the job, according to the boys). To my astonishment, tonight’s show was equally as energetic and forceful as I’d been told to expect. Playing to an audience of no more than fifteen people in the less-than-ideal back ‘shed’ of the Empire Hotel, there was certainly no lack of enthusiasm from the band or the crowd. Tearing through a 45 minute set, the band managed to keep the few punters entertained and involved, even without a support act.

Being such an amiable and likeable bunch of lads has surely worked in the band’s favour. Having had a number of high profile support slots including The Butterfly Effect, Pacifier and New Found Glory, I expected a certain amount of rockstar attitude, but found none. It’s an amazing feeling as a concert-goer, to be seeing potentially big bands in such small scale venues. In The Grey deliver a professional rock/punk sound that far outweighs the associated rock/punk ego.


In The Grey – coming to an RSL near you!