Jade Dust's Grey Skies Is a Powerful Burst of Melodic Hardcore (EP PREMIERE)

Photo: Darren Plank

We've covered them on the site several times, but for the uninitiated, Jade Dust is a melodic hardcore band based out of Portland, Oregon. Formed in 2019 by Rudi Jung (vocals, guitar) and Chris Duprey (guitar, vocals), the group's sound is heavily influenced by DC and Bay Area bands of the late '80s and early '90s.

Having experienced a life-changing motorcycle accident in 2016 that left one of his arms paralyzed, Jung used the experience to channel his frustrations into songwriting, also learning how to play guitar with one hand throughout it.

2020 found Jade Dust welcoming in drummer James Butch and bassist Raul Atencio into the lineup. The band has released a 6-track 12" EP in 2021, and the next year they dropped the 8-song Wild Geese EP.

Shaine Scarminach joined Jade Dust on guitar in the summer of 2021 and the groyp began writing the material that would ultimately end up on their forthcoming 8-song 12", Grey Skies. Recorded at Singing Sands in July of 2022, the album was mixed and mastered by Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Gouge Away) at Atomic Garden in 2023.

Featuring 6 new tracks and two cover songs, Grey Skies features cover art by Eric Himle, the same artist behind Jade Dust's previous EPs. Though it won't be out till later this week, No Echo got an early stream of the EP for our readers to check out:

Jade Dust shared the following about the new record:

“We started working on 'Grey Skies' as soon as 'Wild Geese' was done being recorded. Shaine joined us then and we became a five piece as well. Playing with him really changed how we were able to sound and write. Having three guitarists writing riffs and all of us combining it into one was really fun. This record is more about loss and disillusionment. I feel like most people can relate to the topics. There are a couple songs about hope though. We mostly just write about what we know and feel.“

Grey Skies will be released on March 1st via Council Records, Extinction Burst, and GGT Records.


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