Ultra Violent Rays brings to us the visuals for their latest single ‘Wish’
Cooper Gillespie and Greg Gordon chose to name their project Ultra Violent Rays after hearing a story about Mayan shamans creating light through vocal harmonics. They emphasize sonic experimentation in their live show and their studio recordings. They explain their references as “David Lynch, David Bowie. Most Davids.”
Gordon, a veteran of LA’s Fugazi-esque The Nervous Return (Travis Barker’s La Salle Records), and Gillespie, who was in the X-inspired trio Bang Sugar Bang (SOS Records) were previously in the indie rock outfit Mad Planet together. They formed Ultra Violent Rays to further explore their electronic leanings. Their music layers hip hop beats, dream pop melodies, dark wave synths, a healthy obsession with Science Fiction and ethereal vocals to create a sound all their own which they like to call “space pop.”
They’re currently gearing up to release their debut album, produced by Ethan Allen (Ben Harper, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Gram Rabbit). Until that time, they’ve been gracing audiences with standalone singles, each one pushing the sonic envelope further than that last. Their powerful new single is called “Wish”.