Remade Live (2005)
Who are Katray?
Katray are Katherine Jane and Ray Jamaica. Have you figured out how they came up with their name yet? Jane is the one playing the droning intro bass on the opener â€œGoing to Californiaâ€ and elsewhere on the disc. She also sings on a couple of tracks including the melodic â€œJohnny Rotten,â€ and is sometimes featured strumming an acoustic guitar. Jamaica is the one singing and occasionally wailing on his electric guit-box. According to their website, the duo first got together in 2000 and toured across the country in support of their debut, â€œKatray-Katray.â€ Maybe the CIA has further background information on this duo but this music writer does not.
What do they sound like?
On Remade Live, which is a live album with little production, Katray sound, well, like theyâ€™re playing live. With a droning bass, a slow rhythm, a sometimes screeching guitar and lots of distortion, Katray sound like theyâ€™re very depressed. Very. Depressed. Hard rock in the style of Bleach-era Nirvana...
Why should I buy this record (if I can find it)?
If you like Soundgardenâ€™s Batmotorfinger or Nirvanaâ€™s Bleach and are willing to lower your standards a little then you may enjoy Remade Live.
Why shouldnâ€™t I buy this record?
If you donâ€™t like Bleach or Badmotorfinger you will not like this. Period. If you havenâ€™t heard either of them, buy those first. Then, if they change your life, consider buying this.
What song should I download (if I can find it)?
Download â€œJohnny Rotten,â€ if you want something that you will listen to and keep on your computer. If you want a sample of the rest of the CD, try and download â€œLooking for Alice."
You can buy Remade Live or listen to Katrayâ€™s first CD by following the links from their website, Katray.com.
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By Wesley Scott - April 6 2006
Burn It Records
Punk rock is pretty much the simplest genre of music, but simple doesnâ€™t mean boring. Montreal duo Katrayâ€™s latest release, Remade Live, delivers 12 extremely drawn-out tracks of poor blues-styled punk. While it is a live punk album and perfection shouldnâ€™t be expected, the excessive repetition and lack of talent are simply inexcusable.
Dull three-chord electric guitar riffs mingle with bad slap bass and a plodding drum machine.
However, Katray isnâ€™t a total failure. The duo offers great guitar solos, cool album art, and proof that anyone can make an album if they try.
Even to blues/punk fanatics, Katrayâ€™s first live recording is a hard sell and grating aural experience.
Where Remade Live Came From ...
Q - Why did you produce the album the way you did?
A - Life stripped us down, and Remade Live is what was left.
There really wasn't any other choice.
KATRAY - REMADE LIVE - About the Album
The performances on Remade Live were recorded live to 2 track.
...No punchin', no dubbin', just four nights in June.
Recorded on KATRAYs Mobile Recording Studio
June 24-27 2005 - Eganville, Ontario
Produced and Engineered by Jane/Jamaica
Mastered by Fred Kevorkian, Kevorkian Mastering Inc.
New York City
Remade Live failed BLER - a disc quality testing system.
For more information on the exact nature of this error visit katray.com * click on > News Release - Read More * and then scroll down and click on > Read More - BLER etc...*
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Check out the artist's website:
1. Going To California
2. Looking for Alice
3. Johnny Rotten
5. Rock N' Roll Outlaw
6. I Got All Night
7. Black Magic
8. TV Talks
9. This Feeling I Feel
10. State of Emergency
11. Quick Fix
12. Rock N' Roll is a Bitch These Days