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The best kept secret in music


"Star Maps Single Review"

" ‘Star Maps’ – yes - is so unnervingly infectious that we’d recommend a course of immunisation treatment before entering its world and so fucking cool it comes with its own shades, designer outlet and strategically trademarked swagger. This is a beast of a cut and everything you’d rightly expect from a guitar slinging three piece and tightly packed and delivered at such a pace that you’d swear they’d been told they’d been given the world’s last three minutes of tape on which to record themselves strutting their stuff. Barely pausing to draw breath ‘Star Maps’ is up and out of the traps with it’s hands tightly around your throat before you’ve even had a chance to blink at its sheer velocity, a ferocious slab of searing manic driven clanging riffs and wired at the edge ferocity that doesn’t so much woo you into submission but rather more bullies you menacingly to come across like a sulphate enhanced fried early incarnation of Suede. " LOSING TODAY - Losing Today

"LA's Indie 103.1 Review"

"When silly labels and indie posturing don't mean anything to you anymore,
and you're just looking for great music... it's well time to check in with
Fake Ray." Chuck P Indie103.1 Los Angeles. - Chuck P - Dead Air

"The Fumes Are Deadly single review"

'.....Spikey riffs. How many times have you heard that used to describe a band in 2004? From January when Franz dropped 'Take Me Out', through Razorlight and The Futureheads, there's been no phrase used more in the quest to explain quite what every new band under the sun is rolling off the production line. So, it's only fitting we end the year as we started. Fake Ray do have them, as well as the complimentary sing-along indie rising chorus, flipping back and forth throughout, sounding quite disjointed but effortlessly cool in the same breath.' (thisisfakediy.co.uk) - thisisfakediy.co.uk

"The Fumes Are Deadly single review"

London three piece Fake Ray hit us with a three track EP ready to tingle the senses.

Take your gran to Brighton, feed her a couple of Alco pops, spin her around and watch her wobble like a weable. The old school punk spirit will be rekindled in her and evident for all others to enjoy. ‘The Fumes Are Deadly’ brings to mind comparisons to Gang Of Four, Joy Division and Peel’s all time musical Godchild The Fall. Jump off the sofa and slam dance to ‘I Was Already Dead’ while gran searches for her teeth. Guitar hooks deliver, chord structures embellish and manic drums encapsulate the unmistakable quality of Fake Ray.

Their dark brand of rock n’ roll indie punk is set to step out of the shadows and into the light. - Music News .com


'The Fumes Are Deadly' CD Single. UK Release Dec 04 through North & South Music.

'Star Maps' Single. Due for release in UK through Akashic London Records.

'The Fortune Theatre' 7 track CD. Due for release in USA / JAPAN October 05 through One Cell Records, CA.


Feeling a bit camera shy


Fake Ray pull on a varied set of influences in carving and creating their niche thrashy punk indie sound. Comprising lead singer, guitarist and main songwriter, John Ray, Paul Warren on sticks and new bassist Chris Hunt , the band came together in London less than 18 months ago and in that time, have raised their profile through a fair bit of hard work to become one of the hottest "Wannabee / Gonnabee" young bands on the circuit.

A twisted, angst driven but popular anthemic bent unites Fake Ray's songs, which lead singer John had built up over time before pulling the band together. A mixture of rock and roll depravity but melancholic sweetness and soul initially has one reaching for the Husker Du / Sonic Youth comparisons but the band themselves consider themselves more in the pedigree of Iggy and Bowie, the Smashing Pumpkins, the Pixies, Joy Division, Jawbox and Superchunk. A veritable collection of classics and rogues gallery there then and one that illustrates the musical background they bring to the stage - "We're passionate about our music and exploring life through song. Love, hate, loss and the rest…"

Considering that its only a year and a half down the line for Fake Ray, they've an assured presence and sound which easily marks them out from the gallery of indie pretenders, one that relies on their tightness as a band and also their personal interplay "As soon as we first met in London, we knew we were on the same mission. Its not a choice, it's a compulsion and people seem to pick up on the energy we create…"

Touring the UK three times already, the first was as the supports for the recently reformed All About Eve, a gig that was picked up on the strength of their early demos (which were also hammered by XFM), Manchester's legendary In The City music conference did its job royally in showcasing them in September 2004, leading to a deal with North And South Music.

Working with producer Cameron Blackwood who lists Death In Vegas and Morrissey amongst his credits, their debut 3 track single, The Fumes Are Deadly was released in December 2004 to yet more XFM and cool record shop acclaim. Presently recording the next single Star Maps with new producer Kenny Jones (whose back catalogue includes Bjork, Bauhaus and The Smiths), previews of these see them further developing their sound with the Stones-esque funk of Sister Rita whilst the demos of the Illustrated Man and Dive point to a Roses-esque Second Coming style and a Coldplay type anthem respectively. All very good.

With a record contract in the states already in place with LA based One Cell, Fake Ray might prove the real deal and good luck to them. They've enough bottle, nous and bloody mindedness to make the grade but still obviously recognise the work and hard slog involved. "We want to be true to ourselves and make some great music. Its still early days for us, but we can't wait for the world to hear us". Amen to that.

(Journey magazine)