Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Just Passin' The Time

El Ray

El Ray fires another round with their second album ”Tick…Tick…Tick…” – Heptown Records/VME. Picking up where the forerunner “Shoot from the hip” (Alternate) left off, El Ray once again present their characteristic ‘surf with a twist’. You recognize elements from Burt Bacharach, Sergio Leone and not least Dick Dale and The Ventures. But this time El Ray have also discovered surf elements in bands like The Pixies, The Smiths and Bob Hund, and the band appears even more energetic and springy than ever before.This is all in accordance with El Ray’s mantra “Better steal from another genre than blindly follow the strict rules of surf music”, guaranteeing an experience which goes beyond pure surf as was recognized back in October 2003 by the Swedish label Heptown Records when El Ray played at Retro Blaster, Mejeriet in Lund. Since El Ray last emptied their six shooters and looked ahead, El Firetone (guitar), El Fuerte (drums), El Twang (guitar) and their latest addition El Kid’o (bass) have toured twice. They have won acclaim in several European countries including Germany, Belgium, Holland and Switzerland, playing well renowned venues like Berlin’s Wild at heart, Moloko, L’Usine in Geneva and Loppen in Copenhagen. A third tour is currently being planned, but right now focus is on ”Tick…Tick…Tick…”Once again the catchy tune channels the potent energy through the speakers. Several good-hearted and competent people have lent a helping hand, including Jesper “’Yebo’ Reginal (Crunchy Frog), who has produced and mixed the record. The result: 11 high-octane tracks and El Ray are once again ready to invite their audience to ride the wild waves of surf in clubs all over.


Anonymous said...

A smashing good album! Thx a bunch T :-)