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Album Review

The Deathray Davies' The Day of the Ray screams "we are the mods!" with a groove reminiscent of the Kinks as well as recent Jam revivalists like the Insomniacs. This isn't garage rock like the Mooney Suzuki, it is unabashed garage pop, and the Davies have finally been able to reproduce their live sound in the studio with a full band. "I'm From the Future" packs all their fuzzed-out intensity, catchy hooks, and grinding, Kinks-y keyboards into one song. Tracks like "Don't Point at the Stoners" and the simple "Her First Party" — which never takes off as much as you'd expect — seem weak by comparison to the surrounding material, but they are more than made up for by the dreamy, handclaps-and-all sound of "She Can Play Me Like a Drum Machine" and the psychedelic rumble of "The Medication's Gone." The Day of the Ray is an album that could have been called "radio-friendly" back when it meant something.

Customer Reviews

great album

i first heard "Persuasive Is Your Name" on a random sampler CD i got at a clothing store. i immediately went out and got the album; definitely a good buy. fun lyrics and a lot of face paced beats that come across very real. i was able to seem them live at Last Exit in Tempe, Az. what an amazing show. now i have man crush on John (who is also really good playing drums for Apples In Stereo). check out some of their other stuff too. Kick And The Snare is one of my favorites.

i love these guys!!!

my cousin was in this band for a few years..and this album is by far my favorite...medications gone is such a great song....whenever they used to play shows in the city the whole band would stay at my house...they were the nicest group of guys ever =)

this is awsome

hi i think this is a great album and band. the song im from the future is really good. i think this is a great buy if you like postal service, death cab for cutie and any not so main striam alternative. i love you death ray davies.


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Hailing from Dallas, TX, the Deathray Davies woo listeners with a dizzy, fuzzed-out version of retro garage pop that harks back to such '60s bands as the Kinks and the Seeds. The Davies began in 1998 as the one-man show of singer/guitarist John Dufilho, whose songwriting vault contained several songs that didn't seem fit for his present band, Bedwetter. After moving from San Antonio to Dallas, Dufilho recorded his solo debut under the Deathray Davies moniker, playing all of the instruments himself....
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