East Bay Ray And The Killer Smiles / East Bay Ray And The Killer Smiles
Album: East Bay Ray And The Killer Smiles   Collection:General
Artist:East Bay Ray And The Killer Smiles   Added:Dec 2011
Label:Mvd Audio  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2012-03-02 Pull Date: 2012-05-05
Week Ending: Apr 8 Mar 18
Airplays: 1 1

Recent Airplay
1. Apr 07, 2012: Catharsis: zombies don't exist
16 Tons
2. Mar 11, 2012: Air Demo
I'm A User, The Heart Is Something

Album Review
Reviewed 2012-02-23
East Bay Ray and the Killer Smiles / East Bay Ray and the Killer Smiles (4/5)

Alternative/punk rock. First release of a new band formed by East Bay Ray. East Bay Ray is a prominent bay area guitarist from the Dead Kennedys, a leading band in the American hardcore punk movement of the 80s.
However, this album isn’t really hardcore punk but rather a blend of British 70’s punk with surf, rockabilly, and hard rock. Most tracks are upbeat with a strong rockabilly feel and have fast rhythm and relatively simple chord progressions. But some tracks like 3,6 are more hardcore punk. Many tracks contain intoxicating guitar riffs.
Try 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12. FCC for #3.

#1 * (2:57) Upbeat, short-shouting vocal
#2 ** (4:12) Interesting guitar riff
#3 (2:51) More punkish vocal. FCC at the end ”fuck”
#4 (3:36) Quick rhythm, fast drumming, heavy reverb/echo
#5 * (3:32) More brit-pop and country. Upbeat swing rhythm, clean-tone guitar strumming.
#6 * (3:19) Much heavier hardcore punk. Heavily distorted guitar, shouting vocal and chorus.
#7 ** (3:31) More like old British punk
#8 (3:55) Begins with very heavy guitar howling and boosting bass but softens as the song progresses. Heavy echo/reverb
#9 * (3:44) Interesting guitar riff, heavy reverb
#10 (3:30) Eccentric. Leaves the impression of a Bollywood film soundtrack. Guitar riff throughout the whole song.
#11 * (2:56) Upbeat, more modern-feel alternative rock.
#12 * (2:21) Jazzy, upbeat swing rhythm. Sort of like Brian Setzer’s music with a touch of punk.

Track Listing
1. Raising The Stakes   7. I'm A User
2. Lipstick Cherry Red   8. The Runner
3. You're Such A Fake   9. The Last Time You Failed
4. Area 51   10. Safe And Sound
5. The Heart Is Something   11. The Hardest Part
6. It's Broken   12. 16 Tons