Dead Kennedys guitarist East Bay Ray has announced a September 13th release date for the self-titled debut album of his new band, East Bay Ray and The Killer Smiles.
The 12 new tracks were produced by Paul Leary, Butthole Surfers guitarist and widely known for producing Sublime's massive self-titled CD and their single "Santeria."
Along with Ray's distinctive sound, the recording also features the voice and lyrics of Skip McSkipster from the Wynonna Riders and recent Dead Kennedys' tours.
As East Bay Ray describes the album: "While Skip and I were touring in the DKs, we started writing a batch of new songs and wanted to record them. And then Paul Leary, who the DKs used to play with in warehouses back in the day, took a liking to the project and he ended up producing it."
Skip declares, "Working with a guitarist of Ray's caliber has allowed me to more fully explore where my vocals can go. People will find the album very wide-ranging and a good start for where the band will take us"
They are joined on the album by drummer Steve Wilson and bassist Greg Reeves, both who have also filled in on several major Dead Kennedys tours.
1. Raising the Stakes
2. Lipstick Cherry Red
3. You're Such A Fake
4. Area 51
5. The Heart Is Something
6. It's Broken
7. I'm A User
8. The Runner
9. The Last Time You Failed
10. Safe and Sound
11. The Hardest Part
12. 16 Tons