Album #2 – For the Wilder Minds – produced by Chips Kiesbye
“Overall, with the well chosen harmonies, variety in the playing and a braver approach to the song structures, there’s a polish to the whole package which feels like the band are really settling into their own way of doing things. Their youthful spirit keeps the excitement high throughout, and their musical maturity ensures For The Wilder Minds is an energetic blast of rock greatness.” – http://www.greigclifford.com/featured/02/23.htm
“One in a Billion” is an auto-driving song, an unbridled stadium anthem that breaks in on the listener with brutal pressure and captivates him to the very end in a stream of pure energy in which modern alternative rock and a touch of punk become one Unite unit, which casually resonates the typical FOO-FIGHTERS sound and puts us into euphoric daydreams. The Swedes step on the gas pedal with groovy riffs and shoot their way on the busy Rock-Highway towards release.” – BurnYourEars Webzine
“The penultimate track, Peace of Mind sees the band enter hard rock ballad territory and unsurprisingly knock it out of the park.” – https://gbhbl.com/album-review-greybeards-for-the-wilder-minds-attitude-recordings/
“When I think of Swedish rock the first band that come to my mind are The Hives, their energy is unparalleled and their songs are first class. However after hearing the new album from rockers Greybeards that’s probably soon likely to change.” Greybeards … “don’t sound like anyone else within music at the moment…”
“Greybeards have worked hard to not really stick to any genre and though they have plenty of influences they’ve created something totally different. *For the Wilder Minds* is a work of imagnination, determination and life. It is a look into yourself and everyone around you and is a true window on the world.” – Stencil Magazine
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“Niklas Nironen must have gone through a few sets of sticks recording this one, as the drum beat is relentless and powerful enough to grab anyone’s attention. If this doesn’t wake the UK up to Swedish rock, then we’re at risk of slipping into a coma…”
“Every track is catchy, appealing and original and it’s even better the more you listen… This album showcases the sheer talent this four-piece rock band from Sweden have in abundance, and they deserve every success heading their way.”
4/5 – “punchy guitars, great harmonies and that feel good factor …it’s not ground breaking but then it doesn’t need to be”
“Greybeards #2 long player – “They’ve been flying round the world … for two years now… Full on, ferociuos and fun, ‘For The Wilder Minds’ is a solid follow up for Greaybeards and will appeal to anyone who liked the debut or looks back wistfully at the time when Foo Fighters still had big balls of steel.”
“Seemingly saving one of the best for last, the final cut “The Nerve” is a possessed and fevered 6-plus minute epic which has “gig encore” written all over it. At about the four minute mark, you think the big climax is over but they’re just getting started in finishing the song – cracking stuff…
…” I just read that Sweden feature in the top ten happiest places on earth to live. Is there any correlation between that and some of the top-draw Viking-rock emanating from those shores?” – Glad
“Greybeards have the rock’n’roll in their blood and produce strong guitar riffs, which ensure a really powerful atmosphere, especially live. They manage to thwart rock alternative rock with a few punk attitudes, to sound even poppy at times in the most positive sense and to always write catchy melodies that animate to humorous or just go to the dance floor. The music is punchy, suitable for the stadium and ideal for summer long car rides. But also pay attention to the speed limit, because the Greybeards could lead to high speeds. Classic Rock meets modern alternative rock, pop meets punk, and above it all hovers a grooving lightness that’s just fun, not just the “wild minds”.” – www.whiskey-soda.de
“They have really hit the target. Greybeards have the world at their feet.” (9/10) – http://powerplaymagazine.co.uk/issue-207/
“Attitude Recordings recognized the potential of the young musicians and released the debut album of Greybeards, Longing To Fly, in 2015 in their home country, and little later brought them on tour all over Europe to celebrate. Every show shook another club until the sweat dripped from the ceiling, Greybeards’ reputation as a sensational live act continued to spread. After rocking the big stages in China they was ready for the upcoming album – For the Wilder Minds … From groovy retro grunge with pensive lyrics to rage, breakups but also love and hope, like in Peace of Mind to tracks with dirty, distorted riffs that make every guitar fan headbanging … Although all four band members are only in their early 20s, For The Wilder Minds has a surprisingly high degree of musical maturity that is typically achieved by musicians through years of studio, tour and life experience. For The Wilder Minds is … a world-class combination of influences from different decades, artistic expertise, and the huge enthusiasm of the four musicians who live their craft, our hopes for a great future for Greybeards.” https://time-for-metal.eu/greybeards-praesentieren-ihr-brandneues-album-for-the-wilder-minds/
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
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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.