For Your Amusement
The name Moray derives from a sudden near-death experience with a moray eel at Diamond Head Beach on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. No further mention will be made of that eel, nor of eels in general. A few years later, Moray has risen to be the tightest and most promising three-piece to appear in the Albuquerque music scene. They are well prepared for the road with their transcendent sounds, profound writing, creative artwork and unquestionably good looks (to say nothing of their infinite modesty). Moray's odd assortment of talents and backgrounds create a sound that contains nearly every possibility heard since rock and roll was pulled kicking and screaming into this world. This music seems to work for everyone, holding common values and altered states side by side. RYAN is the guitar god with the leading voice, who brought the original Moray concept with him to Albuquerque all the way from Rohnert Park, CA. His work reflects the innovative styles of Hendrix and Corgan, successfully tying whole decades together. With one foot in the classic and the other in the alternative, anything is possible. IAN delivers five more strings and another mic, holding Moray aloft on the kind of low and high frequencies that work as well for Moray as for building-demolition and world peace. Sculpted, pierced and painted, this freak drives the bass line and vocal harmonies, owning the range between the dark heaviness of Tool and the folksy era of Joni Mitchell. ANIMAL lives up to his name energetically and in song, providing a rich and expert tapestry of beats and rhythms, elevating the music of Moray and audiences along with them to new levels both mundane and spiritual. Employing rock and jazz techniques approaching those of Gadd and Weckl in complexity, he works it all up into a satisfying groove. The resulting music is exactly as animated and interesting as the "Moraysian Mafia" appears. If any three people are enough to constitute a mafia, these three are. Their self-titled genre Alternative Grunge Funk can only be understood by hearing their songs.