Spray (band)

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Spray
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Background information
OriginRotherham, South Yorkshire, England, UK
GenresSynthpop
Years active2001–present
LabelsNinthwave Records; Banoffeesound
MembersRicardo Autobahn
Jenny McLaren

Spray is a synthpop duo from Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England, consisting of siblings[1] Jenny McLaren and Ricardo Autobahn. Following the demise of their previous band, the Cuban Boys (famous for their Hampster Dance record and John Peel sessions), McLaren and Autobahn released the album Living In Neon on Ninthwave Records in the United States. This was followed in 2003 by the extended single "I Am Gothic". A new album, Children of a Laser God was released online in 2006, along with the single "Run With Us", a cover of the theme tune of the popular 1980's cartoon The Raccoons with the "Michael Trenfield" remix as the main single accompanied with the original version and remixes from JKZ, Absorb, FMU and Diskowarp.

After a hiatus, the duo returned in 2010 with the single "Everything's Better With Muppets", accompanied by a popular YouTube video containing excerpts from The Muppet Show lipsynching with the song.

Amongst other projects, Spray have been partially responsible for Glen Campbell's 2002 return to the top of the charts with the "Rhinestone Cowboy" remake, top 40 kids band the Barndance Boys, and the European hit "The Woah Song" by DJ Daz. McLaren has a successful sideline in vocalising club/dance records, and Autobahn in soundtracks and commercials. The band has also had one of their singles, "I Am Gothic," appear in the Xbox game Dance Dance Revolution Ultramix 3.

In 2006 Autobahn co-wrote and produced the UK's Eurovision entry, "Teenage Life", with his long-term collaborator Daz Sampson.

Spray's 2016 release, Enforced Fun, released on the Banoffeesound label, featured narration on its opening track "The Prologue" by actress and singer Jane Badler and collaborations on other tracks with artists like Kid Kasio and Hyperbubble. A version available by electronic download through bandcamp included instrumental versions of the tracks and a bumper sticker. Their fourth album Failure Is Inevitable was released in May 2019 on Analogue Trash.

Discography[edit]

Albums

  • Living in Neon (2002)
  • Children of a Laser God (2006)
  • The Difficult Third Album (2014), compilation, Banoffeesound
  • Enforced Fun (2016), Banoffeesound
  • Failure Is Inevitable (2019), Analogue Trash


Singles

  • "I Am Gothic" (Remix Project) (2003)
  • "Run With Us" (2006)
  • "He Came With The Sleigh" (Christmas 2007)
  • "Singing For England 2010" (Summer 2010)
  • "Everything's Better With Muppets" (Autumn 2010)
  • "We're Nihilists, Not Stylists (EP)" (Summer 2011)
  • "Manga Eyes" (Autumn 2014)
  • "It's Not Enough (with Kid Kasio)" (Spring 2016)
  • "We Are Gothic (EP)" (Autumn 2016)
  • "Anthologised By Cherry Red (EP)" (Spring 2018)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Spray takes a, er, stab at Charlie Brown!". Moment of Awesome. Retrieved 3 November 2016.

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