” Hewson Grey’s got this super-cool vibe, a complex mesh of indie, alternative, bluesy rock, and ambient psych, that, well, honestly, I think they’re one of the best bands in the city right now”- Michael Senchuk (New Music Michael), Music Blogger
“The Wanting” is the latest complex and catchy tune from Hewson Grey. Hewson Grey’s positive energy is infectious, and “The Wanting” continues to push the vibrancy of this community-minded Edmonton band. – Rylan Kafara, History of Punk, CJSR FM
Waited All Night – a game attempt to compress an art rock epic into a three minute radio single. It can be done! – Mike Ross, Gigcity.ca
Guitarist Stuart Bobbin knew he’d found the right guy when he spotted the Radiohead sticker on the truck of singer Joe Paonessa – who’d come to rescue the recent Scottish immigrant in the middle of the 2014 Edmonton blizzard after he got lost on the way to jam with a guy he’d never met.
“I got a warm feeling,” Stuart says. “Oh, this guy likes exactly the same kind of music I do!”
The pair hit it off, found they shared other UK influences: U2, The Who, Oasis. They formed a folk duo, which in 2016 turned into the progressive-leaning modern rock quintet Hewson Grey, with the addition of bassist Caleb Bradley, drummer Ryan Crampton, and keyboardist Tophie Davies. They share vocal duties, giving the band its distinctive art rock sound.
Hewson Grey made their mark in 2018 with the trippy single Waited All Night, which received airplay on stations such as 102.3 Now! FM, CJSR and CJSW. Further achievements included supporting; Rural Alberta Advantage at K-Days 2018, The Coronas at the Starlite Room, and Electric Six at the Forge on Whyte. The band is gearing up for a full-length album release in the summer of 2019, with shows and festival appearances in Western Canada to follow.