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Ultra Violent Rays

Los Angeles, California, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2013 | SELF

Los Angeles, California, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2013
Duo Alternative Electronic

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"The Stranger Recommends..."

“Black shades, low-light music videos, Bukowski quotes on their Twitter page… bassist/loop operator/vocalist Cooper Gillespie and drummer/sequencer Greg Gordon have taken a sharp, pop-scented pen to their gothtronica sketches, and come out with something tight yet stylish…” - The Stranger


"The Source Suggests"

"Think a modern-day bundle of Siouxsie and the Banshees, Joy Division and Portishead. Female fronted, spacey sounding electro pop that's dark, sexy and danceable? Yes, please! Our indie rock wishes have been granted. " - The Source Weekly


"[HeadyTunes Exclusive Premiere] The Ultra Violent Rays – The Voyeur (Music Video)"

"Comparable to Phantogram, Portishead, and Massive Attack, The Ultra Violent Rays inhabit the moody middle ground between electronic music and dark indie pop." - HeadyTunes.co


"Fifty shades of wave"

"L.A.’s Ultra Violent Rays realize the future is now — when your debut video for your single “The Voyeur” features a woman, not a a man, as the peeper, you’re taking the gloves off culturally and stating that creepiness knows no gender and pathos is never politically correct.

Delving into dark electronica with pop sensibility, Ultra Violent Rays singer-bassist Cooper Gillespie, she of the Cleopatra bangs, and drummer-sequencer Greg Gordon, he of the magnificent Afro, draw on Bowie, the Banshees, Portishead and Phantogram, among others, for inspiration.

Dwelling deep in Nick’s Cave, they come off like that reserved yet oddly inviting goth couple in your neighborhood. You know, the ones with the black curtains and black cats milling about. You’re not sure you should ever ring their bell, but oddly enough, they’re the ones whose house you’ll run to when it’s late at night and you’re quickening your step home because someone is following you a little too close and you can’t find your keys." - The Portland Tribune


"PREMIERE: ULTRA VIOLENT RAYS “VEGAS”"

'“Vegas” sounds like Diplo and Switch remixing a Siouxsie and the Banshees’ track." - Surviving the Golden Age


"The Ultra Violent Rays want to rock the virtual casbah"

"Their songs shimmer and glow like digital reality, with Gillespie's voice floating in pools of reverb over downtempo electro-beats and the purr of synthesizers. But it is a dark and dystopic future vibrating forth from their amps, with a sound equal parts The Knife and Joy Division." - The Rogue Valley Messenger


"Ultra Violent Rays – ‘The Voyeur’ (NBHAP Premiere)"

"Cooper Gillespie and Greg Gordon sound a bit like the result of PORTISHEAD and Siouxsie Sioux making love while Blade Runner is on. It’s ambitious goth pop with a modern approach." - Nothing But Hope And Passion


"Critic's Pick"

"UVR describe their style as shamanic goth pop, but there's also something very ‘80s collegiate gloom about them. " - The Volcano


"Introducing… LA’s Ultra Violent Rays"

"...this sleek L.A.-based darkwave duo brings to mind a danceable, outer space, female-fronted Bauhaus. " - Musings From Boston


"Ultra Violet Rays debut “The Voyeur”"

"If you are a fan of dark and moody music Ultra Violet Rays’ debut will be for you. Their debut single is entitled “The Voyeur”. I can see this playing in a dance club for a single to slow it down and do a seductive dance to by your partner..." - Comic Pop Library


"Introducing: Ultra Violent Rays"

"Straight moody, electro-goth is what's being dished out by Ultra Violent Rays..." - Flink.TO


"The Hangover Brigade, Vela Eyes, Tall Sheep, Ultra Violent Rays - Monarch TONIGHT"

"The Ultra Violent Rays bring heavy bass, a mix of multi-genre elements, and mystifying vocals to the line up...entirely dreamy and Goth-reminiscent." - The Deli Magazine


"Luckey’s turns on the Ultra Violent Rays"

"The Los Angeles duo Ultra Violent Rays say they don’t write songs that fall into a certain niche.

The pair — Cooper Gillespie on vocals and bass and Greg Gordon on drums and sequences — specialize in “spaced-out, shimmering, hypnotic soundscapes.'” - The Register Guard


"Wish"

"... with the band’s latest single “Wish” the band’s sound leans more towards a goth influenced pop as the song is comprised of eerily twinkling keyboard chords, swirling electronics, skittering percussion paired with coquettish, come hither vocals all while subtly evoking an old lullaby. But at core of the song is a complex array of loneliness, desire, and regret which gives the song an urgent yet haunting feel." - Joy Of Violent Movement


"The Cosmic Dark"

"L.A. electro-pop duo Ultra Violent Rays draws comparisons to darkly sensual and moody acts like Portishead.

The band describes their sound as “the hypothetical sonic lovechild of Siouxsie Sioux, Phantogram and the movie Blade Runner.”

Ultra Violent Rays’ current single “Wish” is propelled by hypnotic, electronic drums, a ghostly whistle, shimmering and watery keyboards and vocalist Cooper Gillespie’s ethereal voice — borrowing an irresistible hook from childhood: “Wish I may/ Wish I might/ Find the words to make it right.”

Elsewhere, “The Voyeur” begins with a minimalist groove that recalls, surprisingly, Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean.” The song soon culminates in a cinematic, sci-fi climax featuring a keyboard hook straight from Depeche Mode.

And the song “Vegas” has the somber, urban feel of Massive Attack — dark and foreboding, like driving late at night through the empty streets of a big city..." - Eugene Weekly


"Ultra Violent Rays grant you a Wish"

"There are echoes of the Russian Futurists in the L.A duo's electronica vibrations and of Emily Haines and the Metric balladry in their nursery song hum-alongs." - Slow City


"PREMIERE: ULTRA VIOLENT RAYS – WISH (VIDEO)"

"‘Wish’ exhibits the type of blissed-out electronica you might hear if you found yourself falling down the rabbit hole into Wonderland." - The Ripe


"ULTRA VIOLENT RAYS DO VEGAS"

"Ultra Violent Rays are a Goth pop duo floating out of Los Angeles who are dropping the single ‘Vegas’ into the hungry mouths of all the Goth babies.

"This song is super cool. I picture Azrael Abyss, Prince of Sorrows, sitting in the basement with this on repeat. All obscure references aside, this cut has teeth. It’s slightly gloomy with enough of a back beat to keep it modern and relevant. The music is tight, layered and interesting, and the vocals of Cooper Gillespie are the perfect combination of diabolical sweetness.

Kind of Madonna-esque in timbre, minus the nasal auto tune, it is well worth checking out. I have no basement to sit in but listen on repeat I did because it suited my current mood to a tee." - FourCulture


"TRACK PREMIERE: Ultra Violent Rays, “Wish”"

'“Wish”, the newest jam from LA goth pop duo, Ultra Violent Rays, hooks you from the opening beat. Cooper Gillespie (vocals and bass) and Greg Gordon (drums and sequences) work seamlessly together to create a dreamy soundscape, moored by glitchy electro beats and Gillespie’s airy vocals that pay direct homage to both old school darlings like Siouxsie and the Banshees and contemporary favorites, Phantogram. We can’t get enough of this track, which will most certainly occupy spots on many a summer playlist to come, and hints at big things ahead for this promising young duo!" - AudioFemme


"Ultra Violent Rays Debut 'Wish'"

Dark and dreamy duo Ultra Violent Rays have channeled the spirit of legendary pop artist Roy Lichtenstein with their colorful new video for their single, “Wish.” - Northern Transmissions


"Show Preview"

"Some bands credit Led Zeppelin as an influence. The Ultra-Violent Rays credit Blade Runner, an influence obvious in their synth-heavy darkwave sound. For some extra good fun, check out their new pop-art inspired music video for their song “Wish” that launched last week." - Rogue Valley Messenger


"Ultra Violent Rays at Harvard and Stone"

"Although only a two-piece—bass and drums—the band have established a full, powerful, in-your-face sound..." - Music Connection Magazine


"Ultra Violent Rays"

This is an intense 2 piece machine. Drums and bass hynotic powerful. Creative lighting. Its art. Complete art. - Dave Buck


"Ultra Violent Rays to hit Olympia on Sunday"

As intense ultraviolet rays hit the South Sound this weekend the Ultra Violent Rays will be providing a soundtrack.

The LA-based electronic duo plays Cryptatropa Bar on Sunday. It will be a homecoming for half of the group.

Cooper Gillespie grew up in Tacoma and is another of Stadium High School’s talented musical alumni.

“The first instrument I ever picked up was a flute in the after school music program at Washington-Hoyt (elementary school),” Gillespie said.

After studying theater at Smith College in Massachusetts she moved back to Tacoma for a year and then to Los Angeles.

“As soon as I got to LA I discovered rock and roll and I said, ‘This is way more fun’,” she said.

Her first band, punk rockers Bang Sugar Bang, was, “a wild ride,” Gillespie said. The band made an appearance in the 2012 LA music scene documentary, “In Heaven There Is No Beer.”

After she left that band in 2007 Gillespie switched to electronic music group Mad Planet.

She formed Ultra Violent Rays with husband Greg Gordon in 2013-2014 to create what they describe as “spaced-out, shimmering, hypnotic sonic landscapes.”

The music is influenced by gothic science fiction and the movie “Blade Runner” among other sources, Gillespie said. They’ve released a couple of singles and music videos.

“It takes so long to incubate, write and record and get to a point where you can show your band to the world,” she said.

Like Gillespie, Gordon was in a punk band prior to going electronic.

The couple’s day job, so to speak, is managing a Hollywood night club. But they manage to make a west coast tour twice a year.

“It’s a lot easier to be in a band when you’re married and there’s only two of you,” she said.

The Ultra Violent Rays will be performing with Dionvox and Beatrix Sky at Cryptatropa Bar. The Rays will perform on July 3 at Northern Pacific Coffee Company in Parkland and at Le Voyeur Cafe and Lounge in Olympia on July 6.

Read more here: http://www.theolympian.com/2015/06/26/3793599_ultra-violent-rays-to-hit-olympia.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy - The Olympian


"Ultra Violent Rays"

"...My take? Deeply darkly delicious decadent desirable vibes. Love it.
Dark ambient pop, great voice, cool video, what more could one ask for. A great Roy Lichtenstein inspired pop art music video for Ultra Violent Rays "Wish" single.
I'm really diggin' it. " - Bearly Rambling


"Ultra Violent Rays"

Ultra Violent Rays are an electronic duo from Silver Lake, CA. Their rhythmic sound is a marriage of Greg Gordon’s downtempo, hip hop drum beats, his deep ambient synth textures and Cooper Gillespie’s hearty bass lines. All the while, Gillespie’s ethereal vocals swirl in and out of the sonic landscape. The band is heavily influenced by artists such as Brian Eno, Siouxsie Sioux and writers such as Philip K. Dick, Tennessee Williams and others. Their music is spaced-out, shimmering, hypnotic. Their live show is a gigantic psychedelic wave of color, light and sound.

“I read that Mayan shamans taught the creation of light through vocal harmonics,” explains Gillespie “I began thinking of how violent the act of creation is. That’s how we became Ultra Violent Rays...a sound so powerful it could burst into the spectrum of visible light.”

Gordon continues, “I like to imagine UVR as a kind of secret police who live in the cosmic dark, invisible to the uninitiated, but always undercover and fighting for good.”

Gordon and Gillespie were previously in Mad Planet together. They broke from Mad Planet and formed Ultra Violent Rays in 2013 to explore the challenge of working together as a duo and to more fully embrace their electronic leanings. Prior to that, Greg was a member of the Nervous Return, a Fugazi-inspired punk outfit who were signed to Travis Barker’s La Salle Records. Gillespie was in the power punk trio Bang Sugar Bang. She is also an actress who has appeared on Shameless, Still Standing and the web series Maggie among others.

The pair are releasing an EP early next year. The tracks are being produced by Ethan Allen (Gram Rabbit, the 88).

“Most of these songs are a dream, a mood. And though the dream is often lonely, there is beauty too”, says Gillespie, “I think about what we’re doing on this solitary rock called Earth; we love, we hate, we hope, we suffer, we create, we kill...and yet we’re all just floating on a tiny speck of dust in the vastness of Outer Space.” - Magnifi.fm


"Vegas"

“Vegas” is the latest from LA dark-wave duo Ultra Violent Rays and it’s a beauty. Drawing comparisons to the likes of Phantogram, Trust, and even Portishead, UVR inhabit a moody space between deep, dark indie pop and slow-burning electronica." - A Journal Of Musical Things


"THE ULTRA VIOLENT RAYS | MONSTER ARTIST SPOTLIGHT"

WATCH THE VIDEO: The Group Talks About The Band's Story Told Through Light and Sound - New Music Buzz


Discography

Still working on that hot first release.

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Bio

Ultra Violent Rays chose their name after hearing a story about Mayan shamans creating light through vocal harmonics. They emphasize sonic experimentation in their live show and their studio recordings. 

“Female fronted, spacey sounding electro pop that's dark, sexy and danceable? Yes, please! Our indie rock wishes have been granted." The Source Weekly

Gordon, a veteran of LA’s Fugazi-esque The Nervous Return (Travis Barker’s La Salle Records), and Gillespie, whose X-inspired trio Bang Sugar Bang (SOS Records) melted earholes across the country, layer hip hop beats, dream pop melodies, dark wave synths, a healthy obsession with Science Fiction and ethereal vocals to create a sound all their own. They like to call their music "space pop". The band is happiest on the road and has toured extensively. 

They’ve released several singles and music videos and are currently working on their debut album with producer Ethan Allen (Ben Harper, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Gram Rabbit). When not on the road, Ultra Violent Rays return to their home on the Ninth Planet. 

PRESS

"Cooper Gillespie and Greg Gordon sound a bit like the result of PORTISHEAD and Siouxsie Sioux making love while Blade Runner is on." -Nothing But Hope And Passion

“Black shades, low-light music videos, Bukowski quotes on their Twitter page… bassist/loop operator/vocalist Cooper Gillespie and drummer/sequencer Greg Gordon have taken a sharp, pop-scented pen to their gothtronica sketches, and come out with something tight yet stylish…”
The Stranger

Comparable to Phantogram, Portishead, and Massive Attack, The Ultra Violent Rays inhabit the moody middle ground between electronic music and dark indie pop." – HeadyTunes.co

"Dwelling deep in Nick’s Cave, they come off like that reserved yet oddly inviting goth couple in your neighborhood. You know, the ones with the black curtains and black cats milling about. You’re not sure you should ever ring their bell, but oddly enough, they’re the ones whose house you’ll run to when it’s late at night and you’re quickening your step home because someone is following you a little too close and you can’t find your keys." -The Portland Tribune

"Their songs shimmer and glow like digital reality, with Gillespie's voice floating in pools of reverb over downtempo electro-beats and the purr of synthesizers. But it is a dark and dystopic future vibrating forth from their amps, with a sound equal parts The Knife and Joy Division.”  -The Rogue Valley Messenger

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