Jimi Hendrix meets Smashing Pumpkins at a Grunge Funk Rock Jam. Three people looking like they could be from three different bands play a tight rendition of the unique. Another alternative genre is built upon foundations of choice history for your amusement.


Moray - For Your Amusement
Best Rock CD
2006 New Mexico Music Awards

The name Moray derives from a sudden near-death experience with a moray eel at Diamond Head Beach on the island of Oahu, Hawaii.

No further mention will be made of that eel, nor of eels in general.

A few years later, Moray has risen to be the tightest and most promising three-piece to appear in the Albuquerque music scene. They are well prepared for the road with their transcendent sounds, profound writing, creative artwork and unquestionably good looks (to say nothing of their infinite modesty).

Moray's odd assortment of talents and backgrounds create a sound that contains nearly every possibility heard since rock and roll was pulled kicking and screaming into this world. This music seems to work for everyone, holding common values and altered states side by side.

RYAN is the guitar god with the leading voice, who brought the original Moray concept with him to Albuquerque all the way from Rohnert Park, CA. His work reflects the innovative styles of Hendrix and Corgan, successfully tying whole decades together. With one foot in the classic and the other in the alternative, anything is possible.

IAN delivers five more strings and another mic, holding Moray aloft on the kind of low and high frequencies that work as well for Moray as for building-demolition and world peace. Sculpted, pierced and painted, this freak drives the bass line and vocal harmonies, owning the range between the dark heaviness of Tool and the folksy era of Joni Mitchell.

ANIMAL lives up to his name energetically and in song, providing a rich and expert tapestry of beats and rhythms, elevating the music of Moray and audiences along with them to new levels both mundane and spiritual. Employing rock and jazz techniques approaching those of Gadd and Weckl in complexity, he works it all up into a satisfying groove.

The resulting music is exactly as animated and interesting as the “Moraysian Mafia” appears. If any three people are enough to constitute a mafia, these three are. Their self-titled genre Alternative Grunge Funk can only be understood by hearing their songs—that’s where it all makes sense.



Written By: Moray

You came to me on a whim
Like leaves from the orchard
You were floating on the wind
Hang me out to dry
But when you walk in my direction
I get so high

You turn on me and all your perfect friends will see a new side
I left it up to you and now all I get are yield signs
You’re sitting on the curb and I’m sipping stout with all my best friends
I’m playing my guitar and screams are shooting off to no end

Four a.m. in the Mirage
You told me all your secrets
And we’re off
The snow is on its way
But I wonder how tomorrow
Could ever top today


Sunny Day

Written By: Moray

It’s a sunny day
The sun is shining away
Do you think you can make it without my…
Heart to guide the way
If I knew you well I’d say you’d do just fine
One day you’ll be mine

Looking at you face made my heart go blind
The feel of your touch blocked out my mind
But it don’t really matter, you don’t feel a thing
You’re doin’ the same old things

She hurt me again
With a heart of lead
To see you with him
I’d rather be dead

Give me a reason
To be alive
You scratched yourself on the tableside
And I…

Get a little closer but you back away
Refusing my soul turned my heart to grey
We would be happy just uh…you and I
Why you always trying hide away from me?


Written By: Moray

You fall in winds that feel like breezes
Taken down you lie without a care
Soaked in the moment where you linger
Hold out forever going nowhere

Blow away it’s easy blown away
Float off on nothing blow away

In the current pulled by your illusion
Guided by the words some people say
Listen hard they know what they believe in
Find yourself convinced you’re here to stay

Blow away it’s easy blown away
Float off on nothing blow away
Blow away it’s easily blown away
Float off on nothing blow away

Turn on your own way and find a reason
Wish for better weather every day
Generate a scene for your amusement
Where the flow will move you anyway

Blow away it’s easy blown away
Float off on nothing blow away
Blow away it’s easier blown away
Float off on something blow away
Float off on something blow away


2005 - Moray (EP)
2005/2006 - For Your Amusement (LP)

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Set List

Moray originals:
Rip On
Sunny Day
Rohnert Park
I Can See
Hypnotic Girl
Talim vs. Kilik
The Stars Align

Set list varies with stage time, and may include a cover or two...

Soma, Today, Luna (Smashing Pumpkins)
Red House, The Wind Cried Mary (Jimi Hendrix)
D'yer Maker (Led Zeppelin)