Rayon n. (ra-on) - A synthetic fabric made of cellulose fibers. Textile favored by clothing designers for constructing Hawaiian print shirts and 1970s-era "glam" fashions.
Rayon n. (ra-on) - An emerging L.A.-based band that combines diverse musical styles to create hypnotic, textured and melodic guitar rock.
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Los Angeles Times
Wrapped in Rayon:
Rayon can thank Echo and the Bunnymen guitarist Will Sergeant for its name. After opening for the British band a couple of years ago, Walter Ensign expressed bewilderment about the band's name. "Why don't you call your band Rayon?" Ensign remembers Sergeant telling him. "It's one word, and it sounds British." And it stuck.
Though the name suggests Ensign's trio sounds synthetic, Rayon is anything but. With the frontman's flanged vocals poking through lush guitars, Rayon's music seems as organic as an ocean swell. "We're still trying to define" the sound, Ensign says, "but I love layers, even if it's just to experiment. Layers of strings, layers of guitars ... I like doing trippy things."
Rayon's live set offers some neck-snapping surges. It figures to get even stronger with the addition of drummer Brian Keats to a lineup that includes peripatetic bassist Mimi Star.
March 10, 2005
Las Vegas Review Journal
The excellent band Rayon plays the Cooler Lounge. The Los Angeles psychedelic band's ambient rock music has etchings from the pop-melody past in it (ELO, George Harrison). But it does have a contemporary, almost trip hop sound.
December 4, 2004
Listening to the indie-Rockers of RAYON, It's hard not to think of time travel:
They roll from heavily textured 80s rock a la New order into melodically sweeping, jingle-jangling '60s psychedelic.
The Daily Online Californian
Online Exclusive: Music Review
Thursday, September 16, 2004
Rayon - Blow Away
The Daily Online Californian "Rayon's first EP is an impressive debut, and if it's any indication of future productions, Rayon will be a band to watch." The Daily Online Californian" Read Entire Review
Since Walter Ensign formed RAYON in 2001, the Los Angeles-based band has steadily built a growing fan base drawn to its incredibly layered and hypnotic sound. While the instrumentation is unique, it clearly has its roots in the sounds of iconic English rockers ranging from Echo & The Bunnymen to Joy Division, with a bit of The Who thrown in for good measure.
In fact, it was Echo & The Bunnymen guitarist Will Sergeant who suggested the name RAYON. He told Walter backstage following an Echo concert, "Why don't you call your new band 'Rayon,' like your shirt? It's one word and it sounds British." Walter liked the sound of it, and the name stuck.
In 2004, Walter Ensign, released his first EP called "Blow Away" featuring the song "Don't worry" Songs from this 5 Song EP were featured in films “The Job” starring Daryl Hannah (released in early 2004) - features “I’m Not Walking” from the "Blow Away" EP.
UNDER THE RADAR MAGAZINE (06-01-2004)
ROAD SHOW MAGAZINE - Japan (07-20-2004)
Blow Away - 5 Song EP (Made of This Music June 2004)
Available at Amoeba Records in Hollywood and San Francisco, Virgin Records on Sunset and Tower Records on Sunset.
Songs in Independent Films:
"The Job" starring Daryl Hannah (released in early 2004)
features "I'm Not Walking" from the Rayon EP
"The Hollow" starring Nick Carter and Kaley Cuoco (Released October 2004)
features four RAYON songs
"Street Riot" Globe the World Cup Skateboarding DVD
More information about RAYON, including samples from the new recordand show dates, is available at www.rayonmusic.com
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