The Wraith

The Wraith


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Infused with ‘80s UK post-punk (Death Cult, Killing Joke, Chameleons) and SoCal deathrock (T.S.O.L., Samhain), The Wraith was founded by Bales, formerly of revered Virginia peace-punkers Lost Tribe, and guitarist Kaz Alvis shortly after they separately washed up in L.A. 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” rapidly racking-up thousands of YouTube views. Convulsive, chaotic West Coast shows honed the songs that became The Wraith’s lauded debut EP, “Shadow Flag”, last year. A couple of videos and line-up changes later – the band’s now completed by Belgian drummer Jef Pauly and Brit bassist Paul Rogers.