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The CRY! - The CRY!

The CRY! - The CRY!
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WOW! If you had told us that was was a record from 1978 we would have believed you! These kids play pure pop music with punk-ish energy!

With heavy power-pop influences like The Beach Boys, Exploding Hearts, and The Sweet, the band has re-crafted the 2 minute pop song for a new generation. They effortlessly merge 50's style vocal harmonies and the jangle of 60's pop hooks with the raw punkish emotion of the street culture from which they come.

"The bouncing riffs of 'I Think I’m In Love'' it’s kinda like a mix of Thin Lizzy and The Rubinoos, where the guitar melody is supported by the punky vocals of Tommy Ray. The influence of The Ramones is all over 'Such A Bore,' as they kick the energy level up a few notches. The music merges the do-wop vocal arrangements of the 50's and jangling hooks of the 60's quite well on 'Sleeping Alone' and 'Be True.' Their perfect blend of styles also works on the melodic “Forget It,” and its my favorite track here.

Each song is quick and many are under 2 minutes long. No misfires here." - Powerpopaholic.com "They channel the obstreperous Buzzcocks/Green Day branch of power pop.

Guitarist Brian Crace possesses crazy dynamics and invention with traces of rockabilly, anthem, and acid. 'Modern Cinderella' sucks you in with a great hook, chiming chords and cheeky backing vocals that veer abruptly into sweet Beach Boys doo wops. 'Waiting Around' sounds like the prom band that only exists in your memory, starting as a 'allad and breaking into a gallop.

Ray Nelsen’s voice drips attitude. Rolling surf drums open “Sleeping Alone,' killer lyrics, killer hook, and lyrical bass. 'I Wanna Know' is one more killer hook-filled cry du coeur with an irresistible shifting rhythm that lets Crase roam. 'Wouldn’t Last,' consciously or not, is a mash-up of 'Jet' and 'Be True To Your School,' touching two of their polestars.

'Such a Bore' could become a generational anthem like “Summertime Blues.” The CRY! have the songs, the chops and the attitude. I could go on but I’d rather listen to the record." - PopGeekHeaven GREAT!!!

TOMMY RAY! came into his own between 2011 and 2018 as the primary songwriter and front man for power-pop heroes “The CRY!”.

With the band on indefinite hiatus, TOMMY released 2019's "The Decayed/PDX Punks", 2020’s “First Hits Free” and now, 2021’s “Handful of Hits”

TOMMY merges 50's melodies, the jangle of 60's pop hooks, 70's glam-rock, and honest gritty street-level lyrics.

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Tommy Ray (& The CRY!!) - Down In The City
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Tommy Ray (& The CRY!!) - Modern Cinderella
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Tommy Ray (& The CRY!!) - Waiting Around
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Tommy Ray (& The CRY!!) - Sleeping Alone
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Tommy Ray (& The CRY!!) - Forget It
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Tommy Ray (& The CRY!!) - I Think I'm In Love
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Tommy Ray (& The CRY!!) - I Wanna Know
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Tommy Ray (& The CRY!!) - Be True
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Tommy Ray (& The CRY!!) - Wouldn't Last
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Tommy Ray (& The CRY!!) - Alone In The Dark
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Tommy Ray (& The CRY!!) - Girl (I Wanna Know Your Name)
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Tommy Ray (& The CRY!!) - Such A Bore
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