The Wraith, Los Angeles-based dark punk band share the post-apocalyptic new single “Wing Of Night”

THE WRAITH SHARE THE POST-APOCALYPTIC NEW SINGLE “WING OF NIGHT

APPEARING ON THEIR DEBUT ALBUM GLOOM BALLET  TO BE RELEASED VIA SOUTHERN LORD NOVEMBER 29TH

 Los Angeles-based dark punk band The Wraith share the first single “Wing Of Night” from their incoming debut album, Gloom Ballet(Southern Lord, 29th Nov).

Influenced by the likes of Killing Joke and 1919, The Wraith’s post-apocalyptic ‘Wing of Night’ juxtaposes a relentless verse groove – the ominous march of a spiritual death squad – with faint hope flickering amidst its expansive chorus.

 “Wing of Night’ is about not just surviving the pain and struggle of living in a dark world, but also welcoming these,” says The Wraith vocalist/lyricist Davey Bales. He continues, “Embracing hell and rejecting heaven as your reality, but in a positive way.”

Gloom Ballet delivers twelve infectious tracks drenched in the band’s ‘80s UK post-punk (Death Cult, Killing Joke, Chameleons) and SoCal deathrock (T.S.O.L., Samhain) influences. Recorded by Puscifer guitarist/producer Mat MitchellGloom Ballet was mastered at Audiosiege by Brad Boatright (From Ashes Rise, Tragedy, Alaric) and the artwork by Rebecca Sauve.  

Gloom Ballet Track List:

1. Ballad Of Aeon

2. Wing Of Night

3. Prevail

4. Toil

5. Of The Earth

6. Pyro

7. Piano Interlude

8. Devil’s Serenade

9. I Expire

10. Gift Of Suffering

11. Barbed Wire Somber

12. Cannot Die 

The Wraith are:

Kaz Alvis – guitar/vocals

Davey Bales – vocals

Scott Raynor – drums

Paul Rogers – bass/vocals 

A brief history… 

The Wraith was founded by imposing frontman Davey Bales, formerly of Virginia peace-punks Lost Tribe, and Kaz Alvis shortly after they both (separately) washed up in Los Angeles. Their irresistibly distinctive sound – skeletal basslines and tribal beats propelling Alvis’ textured swathes beneath Bales’ poetic, anguished bark – immediately gained a following, with homemade demo Comatic Romance racking-up thousands of YouTube views. Convulsive, chaotic West Coast US shows honed the songs that became The Wraith’s lauded 2017 EP, Shadow Flag. A couple of videos and line-up changes later – the band is now completed by former Blink-182 drummer Scott Raynor and Brit bassist Paul Rogers – their evocative songwriting and pure-punk authenticity earned the ear of Mat Mitchell, who has worked with Love And Rockets, The Flaming Lips, Meat Puppets, King Crimson, and more. Mitchell recorded the band’s debut LP, Gloom Ballet, and earlier this year, the band signed to Southern Lord Recordings for the worldwide release of the album. 

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