El Paso Music Scene
From What to Expect from Wray by Johnny Nevin in the Huffington Post.

Their music is sometimes referred to as 'power gaze', because it shares a mesmerizing and atmospheric richness with much of the music that is called 'shoegaze', but they drive it hard and never let it lose its power.

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"Southern cities can easily be kind of cornered into having that Southern rock sound, or whatever you want to call it," bass player and singer David Brown explains, "but that's definitely not what Birmingham is. There's a big mix of all different types of music here.

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"We all love shoegaze music," guitarist David Swatzell says, "but we're all into a ton of different music too, a lot of art rock, avant-garde and psychedelic." The band writes the tracks, and more importantly, keeps building them, together. "We just start kind of messing with an idea together and kind of flesh it out as we go, usually recorded with one of our phones," drummer Blake Wimberly explains, "and then we play it back so we can see where it's going." By the time a track makes it to the record, it's a seamless integration of ideas and influences and inspirations, all put together into a constantly compelling demonstration of how to make and play music.

Wray mini-interview

Charles Hurley:

July 15 you released your CD. Is that your only CD? How has it done?

David Swatzell:

Yes it came out last July. It's currently our only album out. We have a new one out in August. Reception of our album has been very positive which is nice.

Charles Hurley:

I have seen so many bands release just one CD, and tour endlessly on that. It's refreshing to see a band put out multiple CDs.

David Swatzell:

Yeah we are trying to put out one a year if possible.

Charles Hurley:

What is shoe-gaze? I'm listening to Bad Heart. I wasn't expecting that raunchy guitar tone after reading the descriptions.

David Swatzell:

It's what some people like to call us although our sound is more of an amalgamation of a lot of styles like post punk,new wave,krautrock and also shoegaze. I don't think there's a proper name for what we do yet. There will be eventually.

Charles Hurley:

You really named the band after an asteroid?

David Swatzell:

Nah we just get asked that a lot and were trying to change it up. Truthfully we just liked the word Ray as in Moon Ray or sun rays but Ray was taken so we went with Wray.

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