Henrik Andersson – vocals, guitar
Ludwig Böss – guitar, keyboards, vocals
Toft Stade – bass
Per Helin – drums
Ray Wonder play heartbreaking pop in the manner of Supergrass, Kinks and The Beatles – precious ears will in their music also detect traces of noise that point towards 10 cc and the Pink Floyd that Syd Barrett knew. The band has never backed away from exploring the more obscure possibilities offered on top of a stable platform of divine vocals and smart melodies acted out by a tight rock combo.
Live, Ray Wonder come forth with a breathtaking energy that few bands display. But then, they have done their homework. Formed in 1993 in Umeå in the north of Sweden, Ray Wonder was really only meant to be a brief side project: Henrik played in Komeda, Per in Puffin and Toft in Shredhead. Luckily, fate chose a different path for them, after a very successful first performance in January 1994 the quartet understood that hey were meant to continue as Ray Wonder.
In May 1994, the debut album Hurray was recorded in one day, and released by Nons Records the week after – and it got very fine reviews. They played a number of concerts during the summer, among those the nationally dominating and respected Hultsfred Festival.
In 1995 the follow-upGet back inside, a mini album. was released as a follow-up. The band went on tour to Japan and played for a week at various sold-out venues, along with label-mates Pinko Pinko.
In 1996, as the album Good Music (recorded at Tambourine Studios in Malmö, produced by Per Sunding of Eggstone) had its praised Swedish release, Ray Wonder did a mini-tour on Iceland with The Cardigans.
In 1998 Ray Wonder went to America and played Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Minneapolis and Austin. The tour got great reviews, and Beck Hansen claimed that their show in LA was one of the best performances he’d seen in many years. They started to record material for their third album in Umeå, but circumstances outside of the group made them yearn for something else.
In 1999 the whole gang just grabbed tapes and girlfriends and made a quick, pretty long, stretch south to Malmö. Within a few months they finished the recordings, had the album mastered, had done a tour of Germany plus loads of gigs around southern Sweden and Denmark – without having a record out in years!
The last song recorded, We got to be good to each other, was not the only track out of the 13 that made the Nons people (and the promo and sales department at MNW, Nons’ Scandinavian mother company) jump up and down, but when it was released as the first single from the coming album in early 2000, it made the whole difference between being a brilliant indie pop band and a well known act.
A-listed for weeks and weeks on national radio, listed on numerous Scandinavian college stations for months, getting in the nationally voted radio top 20, the song being used for hit collections and TV ads – and topping it off with two widely applauded support slots for Beck in the UK. And that’s only half of what went on during the first two months the single was out.
One-hit wonder? No way. Get your hands on the album as soon as you see it, stick it to your ears and get in to the Kinks/Clash-beat of Break it down, the summery beauty of Lid, the duet with Nina Persson (The Cardigans) or the boogie-woogie fury of I’ve been so right – you will be struck by the wonder of Ray. There is absolutely no way around it.
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