An apt pairing if ever there was one, Birmingham, Alabama stargazers WRAY are set to hit the road with longtime interplanetary voyagers Man Or Astro-Man? next month, on a tour that will last well into the early part of the fall. The two acts are wonderfully complementary: where MOAM favor roaring, surf-derived sonic nervous breakdowns, WRAY are woozier and more majestic, with gently-gliding vocal melodies and a steadily-chugging rhythm that owes more to krautrock than it does punk or garage.
All of that is evident in the video for “Apacheria,” from the group’s forthcoming self-titled release, out July 15 on the Communicating Vessels label. The band’s three members are shrouded in near-darkness, bathed occasionally in soft purple light, or the kind of strange neon patterns that appear on the ceilings of planetariums. Get lost in the mystery below, and check below the video for a full list of tour dates.
WRAY On Tour with Man Or Astro-Man?
13-Jun Eclipse, Montevallo, AL**
12-Jun The Vinyl, Pensacola, FL**
11-Jul Bottletere Cafe, Birmingham, AL (Record Release Show)**
15-Jul Exit In, Nashville, TN
16-Jul Firebird, St Louis, MO
17-Jul Riot Room, Kansas City, MO
18-Jul Waiting Room, Omaha, NE
19-Jul Larimer Lounge, Denver, CO
20-Jul Launchpad, Albuquerque, NM
21-Jul Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix, AZ
22-Jul The Roxy, Los Angeles, CA
23-Jul Independent, San Francisco, CA
24-Jul Cozmic Pizza, Eugene, OR
26-Jul Doug Fir Lounge, Portland, OR
2-Sep Grey Eagle, Asheville, NC
3-Sep Taft Theater, Cincinnati, OH
4-Sep Radio Radio, Indianapolis, IN
5-Sep Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL
6-Sep Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL
7-Sep The Pyramid Scheme, Grand Rapids, MI
8-Sep Grog Shop, Cleveland Heights, OH
9-Sep Tralf, Buffalo, NY
10-Sep Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY
11-Sep Mercury Lounge, New York, NY
12-Sep The Sinclair, Cambridge, MA
13-Sep Underground Arts, Philadelphia, PA
14-Sep Black Cat, Washington, DC
** = Without Man Or Astro-Man?