Noely Rayn: Your Melodic Rock Escape
When you are ready to escape into the melodic rock stratosphere where the glorious anthems reign supreme, be sure to check into what the one and only Noely Rayn has to offer the world at large. Based out of the historical city of Athens, Greece, Noely Rayn has just unveiled Escape From Yesterday, their full-length debut now available from Perris Records! Highwire Daze recently checked in with Noely Rayn to find out more about this exhilarating band on the rise ready to rock your universe. Read on…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in NOELY RAYN, and how long the band has been together.
We are NOELY RAYN, a band playing Melodic Rock. We used to be a Thin Lizzy tribute band (under the name “Remember Lizzy“) for about 10 years. In 2013, we decided to write our own songs and started recording demos. The result of this procedure is our debut album “Escape From Yesterday“. So, we could say that NOELY RAYN is a new band, that exists for 10 years!!!
Where is the band based out of and what is your local music scene like there?
We are based in Athens, Greece. As you may know, our country faces difficulties in economy and every day life. We tried to write optimistic songs and make people “escape” for a while from their problems, by listening to our songs. The music Rock scene in Greece is very active, with high level bands and great musicians.
How did you wind up on Perris Records?
After mixing our songs in the studio, we started looking for record / distribution company. Perris Records was one of our choices, because the genre of music that they distribute suits to our songs. Perris was the first to reply and after some discussions we signed the contract and started our cooperation with Perris Records. We’d like to thank them very much for their trust and support.
Is there any overall story or concept behind Escape From Yesterday title?
Yes, of course… the title is no coincidence! You can interpret it in many ways. Generally, you can say that this is the way we see our lives… Filtering the past, keeping all the good experience and moving forward. Secondly, there is a reference to the situation in Greece… after many years of huge crisis in our country, now it is the time to move on, forgetting mistakes of the past. Finally, it is about our band… we could say that we “escape” from our “tribute band” prison and we are free to express our own feelings after so many years!
Select two songs from Escape From Yesterday and what inspired the lyrics.
“LAOCHRA” : This song is a story that takes place in Ancient Ireland, talking about two warriors who fight to free their country. However, if someone will listen carefully to the lyrics, he’ ll understand that it is about two Irish legends, Phil Lynott and Gary Moore, our music heroes. We wanted to have such a song in our debut album, to pay tribute to Phil and Gary and thank them for the inspiration.
“I WANNA RUN” : “Gonna take my life away from anything I hate“…. the first lyric says it all ! It talks about the
oppression we are all facing in our jobs, in school, in our house…. about injustice in everyday life … about everything that is wrong. About this moment that someone wants to run away from his boring life and hide from everybody.
Who did the cover art for Escape From Yesterday and how much input did you have on it?
The artwork was done by our talented friend Sakis Melissinos. We thank him a lot for the fantastic ideas he had! Especially, the sky balloon was exactly what we were looking for! We asked him to design some covers that we had imagined but they didn’t work… we wanted something happy and optimistic… something that makes you feel like escaping from routine… when Sakis sent us his idea with the hands tied with the sky balloon, which is going to fly to the exploding sun… we just said “That’s it!!”.
Who produced Escape From Yesterday and what was their overall contribution to the recording?
As a debut album, it was our own production, but the sound engineer Nikos Papadopoulos in Soundflakes Studios who did the recording, mixing and mastering was very kind and helped us a lot!
What could one expect from a live NOELY RAYN show?
First of all, we are going to perform all our songs. Moreover, now we are in the process of choosing some really special covers which will fit well with our material. Who knows, maybe some new NOELY RAYN songs might be heard!
If NOELY RAYN could open for any band either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
We would be very proud to open for Thin Lizzy or Whitesnake, for example! We think that our music fits well with these legendary bands… If we had to choose a new band, we really like Black Star Riders…
Do you still perform the Thin Lizzy covers from time to time as Remember Lizzy?
Yes, we still do it but only if the proposal is something really special. We’ve played as Remember Lizzy countless times… we don’t want to repeat ourselves. Now, we are focusing in the NOELY RAYN project.
What’s up next for NOELY RAYN?
We are going to play as many live shows as we can, to promote “Escape From Yesterday“… we also started writing some demos of new song ideas. NOELY RAYN are here to stay and write some good stuff !!
Any final words of wisdom?
We would like to encourage all young people to play music, or listen to good music. This is the best way to escape for a while from anything that bothers you and make you a better human being. Check out our band at http://www.facebook.com/noelyrayn
(Interview by Ken Morton)