Wray is David Brown, Blake Wimberly, and David Swatzell. Though they are new, their involvement in the music community starts over a decade ago with a handful of projects you might not have had the chance to see if “punk rock” just wasn’t your scene. But this project is something you don’t want to miss.
Their self-titled label release dropped July 15, 2014 on Communicating Vessels and in the UK on January 26th. It was recorded in their hometown of Birmingham, Alabama at Ol Elegante Studio. With mastermind engineer Daniel Farris (Man Or Astro-Man?, St. Vincent, Polyphonic Spree, Verbena) at the helm, they managed to capture the atmospheric beauty that comes with every live show they play.
Wray isn’t afraid to revel in repetition, churning (like butter) confident, seamless grooves firmly in the tradition of NEU!, Faust, or Can. Their shimmering, headphone-ready tones owe much to Slowdive, My Bloody Valentine, and even The Cure, but without the crippling self-absorption of chillwave, dreampop, or whatever all the sad bastards are listening to this week. This is not music for a passive audience. This three piece demands the attention of a real rock show.
They have shared the stage with Man Or Astro-Man? whom they toured with through out the summer and fall of 2014 and played at CMJ. They just finished touring the west coast which landed them in Austin for an official SXSW Showcase and will continue to tour throughout 2015 with their sophomore work expecting to release in the fall of this year.
8/10 “...an impressively tight, focused album which on the superb “Bad Heart” recalls War on Drugs at their majestic best.” – Uncut
“...while many modern shoegazers err on the side of ethereal wistfulness, this trio remember the the best of those original bands were, at hear, red-blooded rock bands too.” - Classic Rock
“…bears fleeting comparison with the likes of Interpol, Quickspace, Secret Machines and Ride.”
“There’s a severity to the song that makes it hard to shake: the guitars repeat panicked patterns and the song hurtles forward on its own velocity, as if desperate to outrun the ghost clawing at its heels.”- Wondering Sound
“Maybe it’s that stateside influence which sees the band thrust forward with more purpose than you might expect, but right from the off there’s brittle guitar lines and liberal splashes of white noise. It evolves and unfurls as it goes on, expanding and becoming a pulsating, dreamy triumph, demonstrating that Wray also have an ear for melody.” -The Line of Best Fit
“A wash of distortion, a motorik beat, an impassive and nearly drowned-out vocal: These are the essential building blocks for Wray, a three-piece band pursuing its own extrapolation of shoegaze, surf-punk and lo-fi garage-rock.”
-The New York Times
released July 15, 2014
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