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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 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. 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 the CMJ. They’ve been in the studio much of their time since returning home finishing their sophomore work which is expected to release in the fall of this year.

Currently they are preparing for their next two tours which will cover both coasts.

My Bands Sessions

Tuesday, March 17


Wednesday, March 18