Grey Jacks is a Washington, DC based recording artist known for his past work on lead guitar with Nashville rock band Glossary. Grey's 2014 debut full length My Country was recorded in Tennessee by De Novo Dahl front man Joel McAnulty and features local talents such as Larissa Maestro (Poly) and William Tyler. 2019 will see the release of Grey's follow up album titled Date Ur Elders, which includes a punched up cover of Elliot Smith's Needle In the Hay and nine original songs on themes of love, surveillance, addiction, and breakups. The Grey A’s latest single Palladium will be released later this year.
Since he left Nashville and moved to DC, Grey Jacks has also been hard at work composing the music for Graduates Rise, a punk band that he helped to form in 2016 based in Richmond, Virginia. Graduates Rise uses punk rock, confessional poetry, and explicit criticism in an attempt to demystify politics and systems of higher education. Graduates Rise's debut album Math is Hard! confronts some of the issues facing higher education and seeks to shift the focus from blaming individuals to instead recognizing how systems perpetuate aggressions. Specifically, the record tells the story of Dr. Cyn Corrigible and her experiences as a low income student with disabilities in a PhD program. This record has received academic peer review from the Working Class Studies Association in 2017. Gradautes Rise’s new single The Ballad of Pellagra will be released later this year.