The Cathode Ray

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The Cathode Ray are an alternative band based in Edinburgh, Scotland. The current line-up is Jeremy Thoms (lead vocals/guitar/keyboards), Steve Fraser (guitar/backing vocals), Phil Biggs (guitar/backing vocals), Neil Baldwin (bass), and David Mack (drums & percussion).

History

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 and “a bit of fun” between Jeremy Thoms and his friend ex-Josef K frontman Paul Haig. The songs written were swift to adopt their own unique stamp and personality, so a band was needed to flesh them out. Adding 60’s garage, soundtracks, glam rock, northern soul, 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.

A one-off double A–sided single entitled "What’s It All About?"/"Mind" was released in late 2006 on Pronoia Records. The single was awarded 2006 Single Of The Year by Sunday Mail columnist Billy Sloan.

A second single, "Slipping Away", was released in April 2009 through Re-Action Recordings. Journalist Paul Lester proclaimed it a hit single in The Guardian.[1] A revised version (with Thoms on lead vocals) appears on the band’s 2012 debut album. Just prior to the release of that single, Paul Haig quit the project, not wishing to be involved with another band. 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 their debut album continued with the new line-up throughout 2010 – 2011 at Gold Star Studios in Fife. 2010 also saw The Cathode Ray making their live debut with shows in Edinburgh and Glasgow. They also made an appearance at the Wickerman Festival in 2012.

The debut album “The Cathode Ray” was finally released in April 2012, through Stereogram Recordings. The single “Dispersal” was Track Of The Month in April 2012 on the Janice Forsyth Show on BBC Radio Scotland. Three tracks, “Train”, “Around” and “Dispersal” were lifted from the album as singles.

The Cathode Ray released their second album entitled “Infinite Variety” on Stereogram Recordings in April 2015 accompanied by the singles ‘Resist’, ‘Buck The Trend’ and ‘This Force Of Nature’.

The Cathode Ray returned in April 2018, after a three-year recording hiatus, with a single “Another World”.

Their third album “Heightened Senses” is released on Stereogram Recordings in November 2019, preceded by the title track as a single in September 2019.

"Heightened Senses" marks the recording debut of guitarist Phil Biggs with the band, plus production assistance, cover art and video direction from Alex Thoms, the son of lead singer Jeremy Thoms.

Discography

Albums

  • The Cathode Ray (2012, Stereogram Recordings)
  • Infinite Variety (2015. Stereogram Recordings)
  • Heightened Senses (2019, Stereogram Recordings)

Singles

  • 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)
  • Resist (2015. Stereogram Recordings)
  • Buck The Trend (2015, Stereogram Recordings)
  • This Force Of Nature/Resist (Tony McQue Remix) (2015, Stereogram Recordings)
  • Another World (2018, Stereogram Recordings)
  • Heightened Senses (2019, Stereogram Recordings)

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