Listening to Greylag's debut EP, The Only Way To Kill You, one can almost hear the relief pouring out of Andrew Stonestreet and Daniel Dixon's gentle, lilting harmonies and spare, acoustic guitar murmurs. Although new on paper, the Portland, Oregon-based band is the product of a multi-year, cross-country journey of friendship, emotional trial and self-refinement that while finally complete, is really only just beginning.
Both talented musicians in their own right-- Stonestreet grew up in a highly musical family and began performing at age 11; Dixon attended the esteemed San Francisco Conservatory of Music and plays a gaggle of instruments—Andrew and Daniel entered each other's musical wavelengths in 2007 through a mutual acquaintance. Stonestreet was living in his native West Virginia and Dixon had taken up shop in Louisville, Kentucky. Neither however, were content in their surroundings. "I felt pretty displaced," Dixon, a native of northern California says of Louisville. "I felt like I didn't have a home anywhere." Adds Stonestreet, who had recently left Nashville feeling quite disenchanted, "I had entered into a kind of dark state." When they started playing music together, the two immediately were attracted to each other's sensibilities, and their friendship quickly followed suit. But it wasn't until they both permanently made the move to Portland-- Dixon arrived in May 2009 and Stonestreet would come approximately nine months later-- that their musical partnership went beyond "jamming" and evolved into a full-fledged creative endeavor. "That was the first time we got the sense of, 'it's on,'" Dixon says.
In the past year, Greylag has worked at developing their home base in the Pacific Northwest, reaching sell-out status in their home town of Portland along with recent tours through the Western US and Canada. This last fall, Greylag was part of the Gomez and Kopecky Family Band tour and will be touring with Augustana this Spring in between their first appearances at SXSW and Sasquatch festivals.
Greylag's Debut EP, The Only Way To Kill You, was released on Ninth Street Opus Records on May 1, 2012.
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