Hear Sharptooth’s Crushing New Song, “The Gray”

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Baltimore-based metalcore group Sharptooth have released another crusher off their upcoming album Transitional Forms. Check out the biting, message-heavy track below.

Vocalist Lauren Kashan explains the deep meaning behind the new single: “I’ve always seen ‘The Gray’ as the emotional and conceptual turning point of the entire record, and arguably the most important song on it. Over the years, I’ve noticed how uncomfortable people are with nuance; whether that be in public discourse or personally. It doesn’t help that so many facets of our culture are presented in binaries: ‘You’re ‘woke’ or you’re ‘cancelled’. You have depression, or you don’t. You’re a man, or you’re a woman. You’re a Democrat or you’re a Republican.”

She continues, “But nothing in the world or in ourselves is absolute, and nothing changes when we are only acknowledging constructs as black or white and utterly immutable. True progress can only happen when we make a decision to step outside of this way of thinking, and explore nuance.
“So what’s ‘The Gray’ about? It’s about the search for and discovery of a world beyond binaries, beyond textbooks, beyond diagnoses, beyond red or blue. It’s about the power we unlock when we make that discovery. It’s about neuroplasticity, and the ability of each and every one of us to change our minds, both conceptually and literally. It’s about the ways that I have intentionally destroyed so many of these constructs in my life, so as to reshape my own existence, and rewire the very neuronal pathways inside my own brain. I hope it inspires others to find that power within themselves, because I believe that when we embrace the grey areas in life and in ourselves is where we can finally begin to cultivate real and tangible hope.”

“The Gray” appears on the follow-up to 2017’s debut LP Clever Girl. The band — Kashan, guitarists Keith Higgins and Lance Donati, bassist Peter Bruno and drummer Matt Hague — will drop their sophomore album, Transitional Forms, on July 10 via Pure Noise Records. You can pre-order it here.