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LISTEN & SHARE: UV Rays – Try and Begin EP
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LISTEN & SHARE: UV Rays – “Boys”
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LISTEN/WATCH & SHARE: UV Rays – “Flowerhead”
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“Indie rock is still a very good thing. Case in point: Brooklyn band UV Rays, who’ve opened the floodgates of creativity all over their red-hot new EP, Try and Begin.”

“One of poppiest rock songs on the record… that seems more saccharine until you really listen to ironic lyrics.”
– Brooklyn Vegan

“But while the group is just breaking out, their new single ‘Flowerhead’ indicates that their larger-than-life sound could quickly carry them to enormous heights.”
– The 405


Today, Brooklyn-based band UV Rays share their debut EP, Try and Begin. FLOOD Magazine exclusively streamed the EP yesterday, ahead of today’s release, with praise, stating, “Put it all together and we’re now gifted with four power-packed tracks of highly carbonated indie rock buzzing with fresh energy and hooks for days.” UV Rays will be celebrating the release tomorrow at their Union Pool (EP Release Show) with Desert Sharks, HARMS and Caravela (details here). Try and Begin EP is out now on all DSPs.

On their new EP Try and Begin, Brooklyn’s UV Rays are a band rejuvenated. While guitarist Adrien DeFontaine once served as the band’s principal songwriter, here he has invited his three bandmates to tackle lead vocals and songwriting duties as well. As a result, UV Rays have opened a floodgate of new perspectives and influences, embracing richly melodic pop music alongside their steadfast explorations of intricate, meter-shifting rock. “I wanted the songwriting to be a more democratic experience,” DeFontaine explains. “Early on, what people reacted to was seeing the four of us playing off each other live. That chemistry, and making something together that we couldn’t possibly do on our own, is what’s most exciting to me.” Try and Begin delivers big hooks alongside equally ambitious arrangements; it is as engaging as it is full of surprises.

Try and Begin is a drastic departure from UV Rays’ previous singles, both in style and intention. DeFontaine has long channeled the soaring vocals and complex instrumentation of contemporary Japanese rock bands like Tricot and The Cabs. But now those influences are tempered by, say, drummer Erica Warner’s love of Katy Perry’s stadium-sized melodies, or bassist Tim Marchetta-Wood’s adoration for the quirky arrangements of Deerhoof and Mitski. “It all filters into what we’re writing,” Marchetta-Wood points out.

Throughout the EP, these seemingly disparate sounds blend together effortlessly. On the celebratory lead single “Flowerhead,” for instance, Warner sings a huge pop chorus about being “comfortable enough with someone that you can be 100% your weirdest self in front of them,” but bookends it between restrained, elegantly winding verses and visceral blasts of staccato guitar and drums. Later, “Existential Dread,” sung by Marchetta-Wood, features intertwined guitar riffs in the vein of Television, courtesy of DeFontaine and guitarist Danny Sullivan; “Boys,” written by the full band, is a euphoric blast of unabashed pop-rock that works as a poignant foil for Warner’s biting commentary.

Nowhere is the band’s skill more apparent than in their ability to make abrupt jumps into atypical meters sound approachable and downright fun. Yet these twists and turns – like on the pogo-inducing adrenaline rush of “Man Enough” – never come at the expense of accessibility; DeFontaine likens the alternative to a Rube Goldberg machine or Wile E. Coyote’s absurd, unnecessary schemes. From these deft arrangements to unexpected gushes of sweet melody, UV Rays’ Try and Begin is overflowing with the fruits of true collaboration. Now, most importantly, as DeFontaine says, “everyone feels like this band is their own.” – Max Savage Levenson


03.02 – Union Pool (Try and Begin EP Release Show) – Brooklyn, NY
03.15 – Elsewhere (Zone One) – Brooklyn, NY
04.14 – Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
04.17 – Knitting Factory – Brooklyn, NY

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01. Flowerhead

02. Existential Dread

03. Boys

04. Man Enough



Originally the bedroom art rock project of guitarist / vocalist Adrien DeFontaine, Brooklyn four-piece UV Rays solidified their lineup in late 2017 and immediately began to churn out material for their first singles and EPs.

UV Rays  – which also includes drummer / vocalist Erica Warner, bassist / vocalist Tim Marchetta-Wood and guitarist Danny Sullivan –  have already carved out a name for themselves in the Brooklyn rock scene with their first singles, “Distraction” and “Facade”. These early releases have not gone unnoticed, and in 2018, the band shared bills with critically-acclaimed artists including Chastity, Haybaby, and Lina Tullgren.

UV Rays’ debut EP, Try and Begin, will drop in early 2019, and will be accompanied by an East Coast tour. Their second EP, engineered by Ava Luna’s Carlos Hernandez and Julian Fader at Gravesend Studios, will be released in spring 2019. – Max Savage Levenson



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