Strays’ debut full length album, TIME | DEATH | VOID | DREAM is an unholy amalgamation of song and warfare. Start to finish, the album treks an apocalyptic experience and provides an emergent journey that is loaded with grit and undoubtedly drug induced.
Initially an instrumental doom project with an extraordinarily sinister sound, Strays formed in the small but notorious Northeast Texas music hub of Denton during the fall of 2016, where guitarist Ben Copeland, bassist Spencer Jones, and drummer Ben Scott proved emerged prolific from their beginning. In January 2017, they released Smoker, an eerily charged long-range single-track demo produced by Michael Briggs of Denton's Civil Recording. The following spring of 2018, Strays returned to Civil Recording and produced their four track EP, Ritual. Interlaced with voice samples from vintage horror and occult films, Ritual's brooding instrumentals cemented the band's heavy psych vibe. During the last half of 2018, the band took a brief hiatus from live performances to push each other once again into uncharted territory and challenge the threshold of their abilities. Strays returned to the stage and the studio in Spring 2019 with an indelibly matured sound and increasingly intricate compositions. Jones' fuzzed-out riff-heavy bass now rides amidst paralyzing drones of theremin juxtaposed to Scott's methodical pounding. Copeland's incendiary guitar both drives and vaporizes, creating cosmic soundscapes of intermission that rise unassumingly into new assaults of sound and spectral vocal narratives.
Strays recorded their debut full length album TIME | DEATH | VOID | DREAM last April at Elmwood Studios (Dallas) and Dojo Baby Studios (Denton) with Brack Cantrell. The album was mastered by Matthew Barnhart at Chicago Mastering Service.