UNDER THE RADAR: Oakland, CA band RAYS releasing debut LP on Trouble in Mind (watch “Made of Shadows” video)
Oakland, CA’s RAYS were born and bred in the city’s fertile underground scene. The group’s dystopian jangle has a lot in common with the first Modern Lovers LP, ’80s Flying Nun and the current crop of Australian bands that circle around Mikey Young. In fact Young mastered RAYS’ self-titled debut album which was produced by mid-fi maestro Kelley Stoltz and will be out March 30 via Trouble in Mind.
A good example of what RAYS do is “Made of Shadows,” a song that is both frantic and catchy, pulled along with warm, drony organ.