As moody as a recovering addict and as electrifying as a fork in a socket, XrayOK breathes new life into electronic music.
A long journey has been XrayOK’s evolution. It began with TJ Hill writing music in his New York apartment, then hooking up with Montreal’s Ally Smith. They decided, after going broke, that they needed to move to the hot, desolate city known as Phoenix. There they met brothers Jack and Chuckie Duff. During recording their first album, Reflex, Chuckie left the band. The trio then found another bass player, Michael Hartman and recorded an EP, Like Life, which charted well on college and alternative radio stations. During this time, playing with acts such as She Wants Revenge, Death From Above 1979, The Lovemakers, and Rock Kills Kid, the band turned heads and almost broke necks.
With enough heat to make Satan sweat, XrayOK could not bear another summer in Phoenix and decided to say goodbye. Hill summed it up the best – “As a pale redhead, I thought another summer in Phoenix would kill me. The sun would burn me alive.” So, in early 2006, the band decided to move to Los Angeles, but Hartman, after much debate, remained in Arizona and burned alive. XrayOK, now Hill, Duff and Smith, decided to remain bassist-less, which enabled the trio to begin making use of sequencing and electronics, opening up an array of sonic possibilities. Since their move, XrayOK has been playing premier Los Angeles clubs, such as Safari Sam’s, Spaceland, Knitting Factory, and Club Moscow. A few months after their fall 2006 tour, XrayOK signed to Cordless Recordings (Warner Music Group).
XrayOK has since parted ways with Cordless and just released their new full length, Into the Sun or Into the Sea, a edgy electronica record with rock roots and beautiful melodies.