“RAVEN” Is the Soundtrack to Grey’s Dark Descent Into Dubstep: Listen
After garnering a Grammy nomination alongside Zedd and Maren Morris for 2018's dance-pop smash "The Middle," Grey are taking a step into the dark side for "RAVEN," a haunting dubstep track with a pop-punk twist.
Grey joined forces with Virtual Riot to drop the new single, a compelling collaboration that will appear on a new five-track EP, The Contra. The hit-making duo have dumped their bubblegum-pop sensibilities like sour milk in "RAVEN," where their unapologetic lyricism matches the ferocity of Virtual Riot's blistering drops.
"Careful how you speak upon my name bitch / You gon' get the guillotine today," hisses Grey's Michael Trewartha. "Imma paint your blood upon the pavement / F*** around I'll put you in the grave."
If its first two singles are any indication, The Contra will be an unexpected foray into bass music for Grey, who are meticulously selecting their collaborators to twist a knife into their radio-friendly sound. "RAVEN" follows another heavy-hitting song, "7-DS," which saw the pair team up with EDM.com Class of 2021 star AWAY. Take a listen to both songs below.
"When we started ["RAVEN"], the chords and production were giving epic conquest vibes, so we decided to write the lyrics as if they were a movie about a pirate king sailing the seas—think One Piece meets Game Of Thrones, Grey explained in a press release. "We've been friends with Virtual Riot for ages, so we were super pumped that he was down to collab with us on this one! We all love how it turned out and hope you enjoy the blend of both our styles!"
The Contra is expected to release in the fall of 2023. In the meantime, you can find "RAVEN" and "7-DS" on streaming platforms here.