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The Rayographs are Astrud Steehouder on guitar and vocals, Jessamine Tierney on bass and vocals and Amy Hurst on drums and occasional vocals. The motivation that glues this band together has been the attempt to create a sound that satifies a combined aesthetic; the intention to write songs that resonate. The songs are ideas-based: cropped observational narratives, stark impressions of strange histories, dark blue cinematic lynchian atmospherics cut with sharp drums and curious basslines.

The combination of strong songwriting, dark landscapes and free vocals has led to comparisons with Patti Smith, The Breeders, Nick Cave and Life Without Buildings. November saw the release of their debut limited-edition hand-printed 7” single that was made Single of The Week by Organ, Normans Records and Piccadilly Records, with excellent reviews from Artrocker and The Stool Pigeon who described it as “a simmering blues tattoo enunciated like a hex and sharing not a little in common with Nick Cave’s ‘Tupelo.’”

2009 has been divided between writing an album and playing a succession of increasingly mesmeric live shows, casting a spell of voodoo garage in the UK, Paris and recently joint headlining the new band tent at Offset festival. They released their second highly acclaimed limited edition 7” “Francis” in July 2009 which saw frequent comparisons to the Pixies and early PJ Harvey, cementing their reputation as one of the most promising bands to emerge from the depths of London in a long time. The Rayographs are currently recording their debut album at NO Recording Studios with “Hollywood” John Hannon.

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  • alexi1000

    THX for the Tip in the german "Rolling Stone"...byed teh EP & Album at i-Tunes...WoW, they' re really great, i hope the make it and' ll get more attention!! 8)

    1 Dec 2011 Reply
  • charlie1207

    They're so good! ♥♥♥

    25 Nov 2011 Reply
  • secretideas

    Rayographs, I love you xxx

    13 Aug 2011 Reply
  • mister1234

    Why are people so desperate to say you sound like other bands? You have a unique sound and it's great. Please keep doing your own thing.

    4 Jun 2011 Reply
  • elegiak

    Amazing cold riot girrl sound.

    20 Dec 2009 Reply
  • my_throat_hurts

    getting a patti smith vibe myself, which is awesome

    1 Nov 2009 Reply
  • brixbruxelles

    yeah, i agree with the sleater kinney comparison. god, i miss that band. i'll be catching this lot at offset though :)

    2 Sep 2009 Reply
  • nothingham

    Nice sound reminds of an early Sleater Kinney.

    3 Jul 2009 Reply
  • OkerekeTML

    Good so far! Also, since I'm first, and they'll probably be big one day, I'll go ahead and say I'm their BIGGEST FAN. For now.

    30 Jan 2009 Reply

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