A Santa Fe, NM based surf punk band formed in a hurry, The Batrays long for the ocean but make do with the landlocked, tideless Rio Grande. The four members hit the ground running -- feeling the pressure with their first show booked and no material. With only a handful of rehearsals and unmatched symbiotic harmony, they rocked a spooky show that launched them into orbit. The band took advantage of their momentum and recorded their first EP in The Janitor's Closet in December 2019.
The Batrays are raucous and unapologetic with a Bikini Kill drive, an Oh Sees slick, and enough reverb that Dick Dale himself would hang ten. Milly Taylor's wavy whammy bar grooves and "rockabilly bent a la Wanda Jackson" (SF Reporter) vocals bring an intense rugged tone that crashes against the uptown-pop beachy riffs. The technically suave Nicholas Quintero (guitar) adds a razor-sharp shimmer against Annie Garcia Campos' (bass) melodic drive while Taylor Penner-Ash (skins and tubs) jaunts along with back pocket minimalism. Together, the four create a salty de facto vanguard of punk-to-come that might make you ask yourself: "Should I join the Goonies?"