In the Press

Greymatter are building a strong reputation for consummate musicianship and engaging live performances:

"London based Greymatter, an all girl folk-rock group, proved that they totally deserved to be on the bill too. They totally rocked da' house with tracks from albums 'Hands on Fire' and 'Caterpillar Tree'."

"Pin-up Georgey Payne and Emma Kavanagh sang completely in unison and harmony, delivering a melodic sound that my O/H thought was amazing and kept asking "why haven't we seen these before?". I eagerly anticipate their new album!"

GoGo Festival review
- Michelle and Trish Owen-Williams, efestivals, 30 June 2011

"We were lucky enough to catch up with Greymatter and ask them about their fans, party tricks and their third album which they are currently recording."

Zhoosh interview (with Emma and Georgey)
- melberry, Zhoosh blog, 15 June 2011

"For the past decade, Greymatter have been entertaining audiences with their gentle yet upbeat brand of folk rock [...] multi-instrumentalist Georgey and lead singer Emma enthusiastically share their thoughts on having an international audience, promoting a band independently and meeting lesbilicious celebrities."

Lesbilicious interview (with Emma and Georgey)
- Ruth Pearce, Lesbilicious, 2 May 2011

Greymatter at L-Beach, Germany
- Saskia Joreen, eurOut, April 2011

eGigs interview (with Georgey)
- Michelle Owen-Williams, eGigs, 10 March 2011

"Ranging from melodic folk to ballads to country and tinged with rock throughout, Greymatter reel off a string of easy listening tunes with a catchy groove"

"...the band’s sound could be described as a mellower version [of the King’s of Leon 'Use Somebody']"

"The two voices of lead singer Emma Kavanagh and singer/guitarist Georgey Payne blend together beautifully"
- Daniel Ash, mediamire, 2 March 2011

Greymatter at Lez Go Camping
- Faye Davies, Diva, August 2010

Queerfairy interview (with Georgey and Ju)
- Queerfairy, February 2010

"We're better than the Spice Girls ;o)"
- Saskia vlog for eurOut, Dailymotion, October 2009

FUZEmag interview
- Emma Bragginton, FUZEmag, October 2009

"Hints of Fleetwood Mac/Stevie Nicks, great use of vocal colours"
- Olivier Behzadi, Unsigned Band Review, October 2008

"try to imagine the songs of Nelly Furtado sung with a slight Melissa Etheridge huskiness, with snatches of Syd Straw thrown in for good measure. And harmonies. And musical tips o' the hat towards Fleetwood Mac, even some 70s country rock. That's Caterpillar Tree; mellow, quiet, well-made and solid"

"Jules' brass highlights make the music more vivid, and the musicianship is typically strong. Payne delivers some very accomplished song-writing, with complex structures and themes"

"...a profoudly earnest album"

"on top of some strong tunes, sound production and musicianship, greymatter have been developing a reputation as a great live band - their album launch date sold out and their fans can't get enough of them."
Charlotte Cooper, GaydarNation, April 2008

"Greymatter kicked off the evening (Freshly Squeezeds 2007 'L of a Night') with a brilliant set which had the audience on their feet. They may not have been the most familiar name on the bill, but these girls (and their drummer Bob) are surely destined for bigger things. Already likened to the Indigo Girls, they are an engaging bunch with tremendous talent, great lyrics and superb instrumentals."
- Anon, L of a Night review, 2007

"The five-piece band are the greatest thing to come out of Reading since … erm … no, they ARE the greatest thing to come out of Reading. They are gaining a growing reputation and a similarly growing support. And you don’t need to use your own grey matter to work out why."

"[Greymatter] with their thoughtful lyrics and sparkling instrumentals were having a ball and their enjoyment was infectious."
Julie Gibson, Sapphic Central, February 2007

"It's easy to hear Greymatter's influences throughout Hands on Fire. If you like The Indigo Girls then you'll love this stuff. There's also a smidgeon of Sarah Mclachlan, Melissa Etheridge, Natalie Merchant, Jewel, and Suzanne Vega ... richly textured harmonies, fancy guitar work and a chilled, introspective feel."

"‘Somewhere After Midnight’ is funky and almost rocky and ‘Maybe Now We Shall Begin’ is elegantly crafted, a great way to round off the album"

"Make sure you catch one of their forthcoming gigs, it's onstage that they truly come alive."
- Charlotte Cooper, GaydarNation, January 2007

Sapphic Central Interview
- Sapphic Central, 2007?

"widely renowned for delivering their music with the most passionate performance you may ever see"
—Anon, Nottingham Pride, July 2007

"In a music world currently dominated by manufactured bands, and soap stars turned pop singers, it is refreshing to find a new talent with original material"

"'Hands on Fire' is an exciting mix of emotive ballads and upbeat tracks brought alive by the perfectly balanced voices of vocalists Payne and Kavanagh"

"The poignant lyrics and beautifully layered harmonies result in a collection of tracks that tug at the heart strings and strike a note in the mind of anyone who’s had joy or misfortunes in love"

"leaves you humming along long after you’ve finished listening ... capturing and expressing what everyone else is feeling, with suggestive lyrics and smooth riffs."

"Hands on Fire’ is probably one of the most exciting debut albums from a girl band to reach the gay music scene since the emergence of the Indigo Girls. A collaboration of thoughtfully mixed harmonies, layered instrumentals and beautifully expressive lyrics culminates in an album that belongs in the record collection of any self-respecting music lover."

"a raw, distinctive sound that played from the heart"

"many of the girls’ fans appreciate the band-audience bond that is so evident when they perform"
Ju & Jo, Women in Music Network, 2007

"their set brimmed with luscious and thoughtful melodies, as well as an assured vocal range that mesmerised the audience"
—KD, GingerBeer, 2006

"Greymatter's debut album 'Hands on Fire' is a fine achievement - a perfect gateway for [singwriter Georgey's] graceful, evocative songs"

"... it's the harmonies that haunt you. Georgey and Emma (Kavanagh)'s voices compliment each other heartbreakingly well - their voices wrapping around each other track after track. I'm reluctant to mention the Indigo Girls (isn't that a typical response?), but it's hard not to be reminded. Or perhaps, it's just that their songs take me back to the joy of hearing such damn good harmonies!"

"... warm melodies and lyrics - stirring up memories of love and tenderness - only to be stung by some cracking lines ('you didn't mention the best part of you was a lie')"

"Have a listen and break your heart. Go on."
- J Swain, Women In Music Network, November 2004