Dryjacket and Grayscale @ Lindenwold Memorial Park in Lindenwold, NJ
Review & photography by Kristen Zarra
Philadelphia locals, Grayscale, kicked off the first night of summer playing a free show in New Jersey at Lindenwold Memorial Park with Dryjacket. The band was formed in 2011 with members Collin Walsh (Vocals), Dallas Molster (Guitar/Vocals), Nick Veno (Drums), Andrew Kyne (Guitar) and Nick Ventimiglia (Bass). Grayscale released their debut album What We’re Missing in 2016, followed by Adornment, their first album after being signed with Fearless Records. Grayscale just finished up touring with both State Champs and The Maine and will be appearing on the July 17thdate of the Sad Summer Festival.
Indie-Rock band, Dryjacket, from Marlton, NJ, started the show with a relaxed vibe that enticed the crowd. Everyone was relaxing on blankets, singing along, and just enjoying the music. There was a vast range of people there, from adults with children to teenagers, they all came out to have a great night. Dryjacket was the perfect way to begin the show; they even performed a new song! They are currently signed to Hopeless Records and released their first full-length album, For Posterity, in 2017.
Once their set ended, the crowd got ready for Grayscale. Everyone jumped up and headed as close to the stage as possible. They played a majority of their album Adornment, including the song Echoes (Carry On), a song many fans have asked to hear live. Each member of the band had high energy and genuinely was having a great time being on stage. Beach balls were being thrown around, someone even brought a slip and slide, but unfortunately, there was no water to use it. With each song played, the crowd sang along, danced around, and even stage dived! Anyone there could tell how much everyone connects with Grayscale’s music.
Their songs have deep, emotion-driven lyrics with catchy riffs, creating stories within their songs for people to relate to. Some fans lit and held up sparklers during Forever Yours, creating a beautiful scene within the crowd. Painkiller Weather, their latest release, was performed and it was no surprise that everyone had learned the words already and sang along. After they played their last song, they hang around chatting and taking photos with fans by their merch tent, something that really allows them to connect with everyone off stage and gives fans a chance to tell them how much their music means to them. Grayscale is definitely a band that should be in your music library, and on your list to see live!