Wray Premieres “Majestic” Video for “Apacheria” on Wondering Sound
S/T Out July 15th
US Summer Tour with Man or Astro-man?
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“WRAY are woozier and more majestic, with gently-gliding vocal melodies and a steadily-chugging rhythm that owes more to krautrock than it does punk or garage.” – Wondering Sound
“Guitar saturated, hazy noise pop (at one point I was reminded of the Yo La Tengo track “Sugarcube”) I think they’ll quickly gain a spot among Birmingham’s respected indie bands.” – You Hear This
Wondering Sound just introduced the “majestic” Wray to the masses. Teaming up with award-winning director Steve Ashlee, Wray created a visually stunning video for their stand-out track “Apacheria.” The music video is a perfect visual representation of a complicated, interesting, and dance worthy track.
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 such bands as Last Flight In, Comrade, Nightmare Waterfall, and a handful of other projects you might not have had the chance to see if “punk rock” just isn’t your scene. But this project is something you don’t want to miss.
Their self-titled label release will drop July 15 on Communicating Vessels. It was recorded in their hometown of Birmingham, Alabama at Ol Elgante 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. It’s music for an audience, for a rock show. It’s got a beat and you can dance to it. The band is Wray and the album is Wray and you can play it at a party and people will like it.
This summer, Wray will be touring the United States with surf rock legends Man or Astro-Man?
6/13: Montevallo, AL @ Eclipse (without MOAM)
6/27: Pensacola, FL @ The Vinyl (without MOAM)
7/11: Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree Café
(without MOAM, CD Release Show)
7/15: Nashville, TN @ Exit In
7/16: St. Louis, MO @ Firebird
7/17: Kansas City, MO @Riot Room
7/18: Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room
7/19: Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
7/20: Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
7/21: Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
7/22: Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy
7/23: San Francisco, CA @ Independent
7/24: Eugene, OR @ Cozmic Pizza
7/26: Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
9/2: Asheville, NC @ Grey Eagle
9/3: Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theatre
9/4: Indianapolis, IN @ Radio Radio
9/5: Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
9/6: Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
9/7: Grand Rapids, MI @ The Pyramid Scheme
9/8: Cleveland Heights, OH @ Grog Shop
9/9: Buffalo, NY @ Tralf
9/10: Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bowl
9/12: Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
9/13: Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
9/14: Washington, DC @ Black Cat