Gord Downie and Bob Rock – Picture: Gordon Hawkins/Austin Nelson (Courtesy of Large Trouble Media)
Bob Rock and the late Gord Downie have shared “Greyboy Says,” the penultimate tune earlier than the arrival of their long-anticipated album Lustre Parfait.
The monitor is a rallying cry, the bodily combustion of poetry and energy. The monitor is crammed to the rafters with searing electrical guitars and incomparable wails of knowledge. With phrases by Downie–the enduring late frontman The Tragically Hip, one of the crucial beloved rock bands in Canadian historical past–and music by Rock, “Greyboy Says” is alight with Gord’s heartrending lyrics of resilience and Bob’s incomparable sonic theatrics.
The opening tune on Lustre Parfait, “Greyboy Says” was additionally the final Gord recorded with Bob for the collaborative challenge. Gord shines by way of when he sings “You are able to do it, and should you can’t I’m right here”–an unimaginable assertion of his eternal closeness. On “Greyboy Says,” Rock’s mastery of brash post-punk vitality conjures up one of the crucial memorable performances of Downie’s unparalleled profession.
“Due to what he wrote, I needed to make the music higher. That claims so much about the best way that Gord wrote the lyrics. I can’t interpret them, I solely have what I hear in his phrases,” remembers Rock–the multi-platinum-selling producer of Metallica, Motley Crüe, The Offspring, Nelly Furtado, Michael Bublé, Bryan Adams, and extra. “The primary line of the refrain is ‘Greyboy says – do what you like’ and I feel that sums up the tune. Greyboy is any person that has knowledge, that brings positivity, and perception sooner or later, to exit and discover it, to not be scared or sidetracked by all of the issues life throws at you.”
The tune arrives with a music video that options archival footage of recording classes with Downie, minimize with Rock performing the tune in-studio with visitors Dexter Holland and Noodles from The Offspring, together with Abe Laboriel Jr., the longtime Paul McCartney drummer, and Jamey Koch on bass, who each function on the album.
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