MEET THE BAND
"sisters Rebecca and Jordan Stobbe -- have crafted some of the most beautiful and authentic nods to the great folk music movement that permeated coffeehouses and nightclubs across America in the 1960s."
- Chuck Armstrong, The Boot
"[The Rayes] will reign because harmonies are only half of their magic. The other half is their penchant for rocking out –they play bass, electric, acoustic, and harmonica while singing, and it makes them the most exciting thing happening in folk-rock today."
- American Standard Time
New York-based band The Rayes is fronted by sisters, Rebecca Stobbe (guitar/vocals) and Jordan Stobbe (bass guitar/vocals), and includes friends, Ian LeSage (lead guitar/vocals) and Patrick Hagan (drums), who help round out their unique sound. The sisters originally got their start as teenagers busking in their hometown of Seattle, WA, at the iconic Pike Place Market, where they first began to delve into performance and songwriting. Their early influences included many 60's/70's-era bands such as Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, Paul McCartney/John Lennon/George Harrison solo albums, and Simon and Garfunkel. They find current inspiration from the likes of HAIM, Jade Bird, and Adrianne Lenker, among others.
The band highlights powerful female vocal harmonies, exuberant guitar licks and bass lines, creating a new take on a classic sound. With an innate activism in fighting for social equality, their music not only holds the intimacy of traditional love songs, but much of their music also bears an uplifting sense of revolution.