Try and Begin

by UV Rays

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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

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released March 1, 2019

Drums/Bass/Vocals recorded by Ben Talmi at Virtue and Vice Studios.
Guitars and additional overdubs recorded by UV Rays.
Mixed by Nick Rowe.

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Track Name: Flowerhead
You’re the only one
Who knows how weird I get
When I’m alone
You made yourself
A home
Inside my flowerhead
I’m never letting go

There’s something about you
That’s able to push through
And tear right down my walls
And it reveals
My insecurities
But what you think is beautiful
None of it’s pretend

You’re the only one
Who knows how weird I get
When I’m alone
You made yourself
A home
Inside my flowerhead
I’m never letting go

You’ve got the words to sway
And steer my troubled mind away
When I’m spinning out
And when you’re here
There’s nothing that I fear
Even though I’m terrified
Of the fucking dark

I hope you know I’ve got you too
I’m there through thick and thin with you

I’m the only one
Who knows how weird you get
When you’re alone
I’ve made myself a home
Inside your flowerhead
I’m never letting go
Letting go
Track Name: Existential Dread
Who am I?
Am I dead?
Why do I feel
Such awful dread?
Tend to blame
Society
Start to think
It could be me

Drowning in the
Greed and violence
Need to find peace
And silence

Externally
Chaos abounds
Often forget
I’m on the ground
Taking a seat
Looking within
Finding a place
To try and begin

Drowning in the
Greed and violence
Need to find peace
And silence
Track Name: Boys
Music so mad
And they can’t tell me why they’re feeling
So so sad
Turn up the noise
To drown out all emotion and to
Tune out my voice

Act like they know with no doubt
That I can’t live without

Boys
They fill the void void void
They whine and cry and scream and shout
But I just can’t stop thinking bout
Boys
They fill the void void void
They think they’ve got me figured out
But I don’t give a fuck about

Obscurity
They find the lesser known to better
One up me
I’m feeling
Illiterate
Act like my thoughts and interests aren’t
Legitimate

Act like they know with no doubt
That I can’t live without

Boys
They fill the void void void
They whine and cry and scream and shout
But I just can’t stop thinking bout
Boys
They fill the void void void
They think they’ve got me figured out
But I don’t give a fuck about
Boys


Their stupid smiles
Their pants too tight
The way they hold me close
Keeps me up at night
Their shitty songs
And their sad eyes
The way they say my name
Tears me up inside

Boys
They fill the void void void
They whine and cry and scream and shout
But I just can’t stop thinking bout
Boys
They fill the void void void
They think they’ve got me figured out
But I don’t give a fuck about
Boys
Track Name: Man Enough
I’m taking my time
I’m watching you hold her
The way I would
I’m going in blind
I’m waiting for closure
You said we’re good

Man enough
Am I man enough?

Can’t make her come out
Can’t talk to her sober
I’m high again
Keep climbing that hill
Keep grabbing my shoulder
And tell your friends

Man enough
Am I man enough?

I’m
Getting up
If you do
Don’t
Burn it all
I’m with you

I’m taking my time
I’m watching you hold her
The way I would
I’m reading your mind
I’m acting much older
I think we’re good

Man enough
Am I man enough?
Am I man enough?
Am I man enough?

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