Greye’s “Everything” is the sort of rousing rock with anthemic properties many are hoping to hear in these uncertain days. The longtime staples of the Florida music scene have been around a little under ten years, at this point, but they’ve already managed to jam an impressive output into those near ten years since releasing their first album. This new single first appeared on the band’s 2016 collection The Worrier, but it’s notably different in the form we hear it today.
The band decided to return to this tune upon the initial suggestion of their drummer. Ray Grimard felt the song acquired deeper and wider significance than it had upon its release and that, as well, it represented one of the early apexes of guitarist Jett Wolfe’s songwriting. It doesn’t display superficial wonders; the relatively conventional structure of the song gains its luster from its treatment in the hands of this band.
It has a delightful and probably underrated retro sound. Packaging the band’s lyrical message with a classic blending of acoustic and electric guitar that gains gradual momentum as the song rolls on is a cunning move certain to garner this revamp a lot of fans. It breathes new life into the song, that’s for certain, without ever tearing it away from the elements that made it an initial success.
Singer Hannah Summer and guitarist Jett Wolfe are, I believe, essential to this track’s success. The former fills every part of “Everything” with her presence and, once you hear her, she lingers in absence as well. She performs with an enormous sense of stakes driving her singing; the energy she brings to this track smacks of someone who wrote the song and lived through each one of its experiences/emotions. She’s a powerful interpreter of other’s material and that’s always a rare skill.
Lorenzo Rizzardi’s bass playing and Kenn-e Williams’ keyboards are equally important, however. The bass grounds a song that seems like it’s going to burst heavenward with each new high point; its added structure helps deepen the song’s final impact. Williams’ playing brings a needed light instrumental touch to the song that helps accentuate its melodic strengths. Neither has an omnipresent sound but, instead, weave themselves into the tapestry of the track.
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The guitars do a similar job. The acoustic is dominant in the opening passages but the electric makes its presence increasingly felt. Some of the fills you hear are extraordinarily well chosen and enhance the performance, but most importantly there’s no overplaying. Jett Wolfe brings to this song exactly what it needs and nothing more.
The band is currently enjoying the early success of their latest album release So Far So Good, but “Everything” isn’t a step back into the past. Greye, instead, is reclaiming the one that got away and making it live for audiences in a way they couldn’t in 2016. I don’t expect they will start making this a habit, but it is well worth your time to seek out this exceptional track.