Since 2014, Toronto duo Carlyn Bezic and Amanda Crist have been sending pulses through the underground as Ice Cream. One part DNA, one part 1999, with a live show that vibrates between cold stares and raw sensuality, Ice Cream are soundtracking a dance party for dark times.
Their debut long player, Love, Ice Cream, produced with Ben Cook (Young Guv, Fucked Up) and Tony Price (Actual Water), was released on Bad Actors to critical acclaim. With Moog synthesizers, angry bass guitars, distorted drum machines, and the sly humour of their lyrics, they wrestled with what it means to be a woman in late capitalism. No wonder they’re frequent collaborators with some of Toronto’s most interesting musicians: Crist appears on both U.S. Girls albums Half Free and In a Poem Unlimited, Bezic lent her bass playing skills to Slim Twig's live band in support of his album Thanks for Sticking With the Twig, and both Crist and Bezic shred in Toronto “supergroup” Darlene Shrugg.
Ice Cream are working towards the release of their new album in Fall 2019.
A band’s third album usually tells you whether they’re in it for the long haul or a flash in the pan. On "Age Hasn’t Spoiled You", Greys prove that they are undoubtedly the former. The Toronto post-punks eschew their trademark frenzy for a more cerebral and cinematic affair. This widescreen approach loses none of the impact of their early material, instead employing space and dynamics to propel the listener toward even greater payoffs when they decide to switch back into high gear.
When we last left them, days before the 2016 US election, Greys had just finished a year of touring with the likes of Bully, White Lung, Japandroids, Preoccupations and more after releasing their sophomore record, "Outer Heaven," and its companion piece, "Warm Shadow." The following year saw the quartet taking some much needed downtime with members pursuing solo projects and moonlighting in other bands. As their city surrendered to gentrification and the world abroad descended further into chaos, the four men spent most of 2018 in the studio channeling these feelings of displacement and alienation into songs that reflect the state of panic and confusion prevalent in our news feeds. “We wanted to push as far away from what our perception of a ‘rock band’ could be while still retaining certain characteristics that sound like Greys,” says frontman Shehzaad Jiwani.
Shehzaad Jiwani of Greys announced his solo project Golden Drag with the premiere of a track called "Aphex Jim" on Stereogum. Greys had a busy 2016, releasing their critically acclaimed album Outer Heaven and its companion release, Warm Shadow, and spending much of the year on the road with Japandroids, Preoccupations and Bully. In the relative calm of 2017 Jiwani found time to pursue other projects, working on a documentary film (his first) and contemplating a collaborative, long-distance band with friends he'd made over his years on the road.
"The Golden Drag project came about sort of by accident in that I wanted to have a collaborative band with some friends from abroad to write short, economical tunes and deconstruct them in the studio" says Jiwani. "Those friends got busy, but I'd already started writing songs, so I decided to record them anyway."