“With rock riffs at the ready and enough of a rebellious streak, genuine dangerous edge and a musical swagger to die for Leopard Rays have taken lockdown by the scruff of its neck and are ready to re-emerge to take on all-comers for Time's A Factor, Kid. From the opening bass motif and oddly goth-inflected Brit-rock shimmer and simmering sibling rivalry of Brother soon transcends into a rollicking ode to non-conformity ffo Foo Fighters, and Oasis at their earliest snarling, punk rock best; heavy as all hell but beautifully melodic.
Mining the forgotten gems of Mansun, Sugar and the tail-end of grunge for melodic recourse Daydream is an anthem of these times, a year or more lost to daydreams and nightmares. The opening couplet of Pass You By “Let’s pretend/ we’re going nowhere/catch your breath/cos’ we’re going down”, is less a youthful call to tune-in and drop-out and more a wry knowing one can only have from living through 2020 as the world around them paradoxically ground to a virtual halt but ultimately celebratory as they get ready to burst out of the other end…
And the title track is altogether more introspective and shows a completely different side to a band still growing up themselves before another crunching riff comes in, as if they had forgotten themselves for a few moments, while some operatic change of tempos and a premature ending hint at ambitions way beyond…”
Hartlepool’s Leopard Rays have graced stages at Stockton Calling, and played the inaugural Heelapolooza and Gathering Sounds Festivals. They have also been playlisted on BBC Music Introducing and supported the likes of Pulled Apart By Horses and Estrons and played their own dates in Manchester, London and Newcastle plus sold out shows in their hometown as they continue to grow both musically and in support. Layers of dreamy guitars, lush reverb drenched vocals mixing a pop mentality with a penchant for a crunching riff when the mood takes them.
The alt.rock four-piece take their influences from the likes of Pearl Jam, Oasis and Ride for fans of other local luminaries such as Plaza and The Yada Yada Yadas. Previous single ‘Daydream’ was four minutes of infectious riffs and twisting melodies while fan favourites ‘Moon’ and ‘I’m Japan’ reflect a more mellifluous and all-out rock direction respectively.
Leopard Rays are:
Luke Dawkins (vocals)
Sean McCloskey (guitar)
Tom Pattison (bass)
David Wilcox (drums)
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