The Cathode Ray
The Cathode Ray are a post-punk band based in Edinburgh, Scotland. The current line-up is Jeremy Thoms (lead vocals/guitar), Steve Fraser (guitar/backing vocals), Neil Baldwin (bass), and David Mack (drums & percussion).
Originally based on a loose concept of forging late 70’s New York, with late 70’s Manchester, The Cathode Ray started life in 2006, initially as a song-writing collaboration between singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist, Jeremy Thoms and former Josef K frontman, Paul Haig. However, the songs written were swift to adopt their own unique stamp and personality.
Adding 60’s garage, soundtracks, [glam rock], disco and psyche to the palette, recording sessions ensued, with ex-Bluebells and TV21 bassist Neil Baldwin plus drummer/percussionist David Mack completing the line-up.
The group released a one off double 'A' sided single entitled "What’s It All About Mind?" in late 2006 on Pronoia Records. It received extensive radio play, and was hailed Single Of The Year by Radio Clyde DJ and Sunday Mail columnist Billy Sloan in his round up of 2006.
A second one-off single, "Slipping Away", was released to great critical acclaim in April 2009, this time on Re-Action Recordings. The esteemed journalist Paul Lester proclaimed it single of the year (so far) in an enthusiastic piece in The Guardian. A revised version (with Thoms on lead vocals) appears on the debut album.
Following the release of that single, Paul Haig quit the project to continue with his rejuvenated solo career. With Thoms assuming all lead vocal and song-writing duties, former Scars/Mike Scott accomplice Steve Fraser joined on lead guitar and backing vocals in 2009.
Writing and recording sessions for the album continued with the new line-up throughout 2010 – 2011 at Goldstar Studios, the band’s recording and rehearsal base in Fife.
A third single, "Train", was released to more acclaim and worldwide radio exposure in October 2011. The final mixes for the album were completed in January 2012.
In January 2012 The Cathode Ray announced the release of their long-awaited eponymous debut album on 2 April 2012 on Stereogram Recordings, available on both CD and download format through the usual outlets. A new download single, "Around", preceded it on 26 March 2012.
A third single taken from the album called "Dispersal" was released on 11 June 2012.
- The Cathode Ray (2012, Stereogram Recordings)
- What's it All About/Mind (2006, Pronoia Records)
- Slipping Away (2009, Re-Action Recordings)
- Train (2011, Stereogram Recordings)
- Around (2012, Stereogram Recordings)
- Dispersal (2012, Stereogram Recordings)