The band established a fan in New Alliance Studios owner Alvan Long and took on Joey Ammo as manager. Taylor credits the latter with teaching him how to structure songs, paring down six-minute visions into simplified and catchier pieces. That led to the Nirvana-inspired "The Way We Kill" landing in the top 10 songs of 2011 on WFNX's Boston Accents. Still, Taylor was becoming disillusioned both professionally and personally, leading to a temporary break and change of scenery.

"I had many friends who overdosed or committed suicide," he says. "It really was hard to deal with . . . and I take all the blame for the band being on hiatus right now. After watching my friends dying, I went into a huge depression. The depression led to anxiety, and I had to stop living in poverty. I had to make a change — and I did." Rejuvenated, Taylor began calling A&R guys directly and now says there is interest from a few major labels. "They say, 'We know you're fucking good, we like you, but we wouldn't know how to market you.'"

Confident a signing is imminent, Taylor stresses that Grey Valley Ghost will be known as a Boston band, no mater where they end up. "I want to represent Boston, I'm gonna claim us as a Boston band," he says. "I love Boston — it's the only big city I know." ^

GREY VALLEY GHOST + THE DIRTY NAMES + FOUR POINT RESTRAINTS + SPOT MARY | Church, 69 Kilmarnock St, Boston | July 20 @ 8 pm | 21+ | $10 | 617.236.7600 or churchofboston.com 

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