DAYBREAK - ST (rare garage psych 1971) CD
Previously undiscovered 1966-67 groovy, organ-drenched, harmony vocal-enriched garage pop/psych recordings with a west coast psych sound, from the Rayne, a Yonkers, NY band. Some trippy originals (‘But Come Tomorrow’ in particular, stands out), plus covers of (oddly) Cashman & Pistilli’s ’Sunday Will Never Be the Same,’ ‘Do You Believe in Magic,’ and a pulsating 'Somebody to Love.’ Tracks come from recordings which resulted in a pair of acetate demos by The Rayne, featuring Paul Martin, Lisa Pereira (the future Lisa Sarna), Barry Sarna, Len Epand, and Hank Mishkoff. A little insight into the Rayne from Mishkoff: "Barry Sarna, The Rayne's keyboardist/guitarist/vocalist, posted a classified ad in the Yonkers Herald Statesman on May 20, 1967 to try to induce somebody to hire us. Barry portrays us as 'an established rock and roll band' (sounds impressive!), mentions that we've played at The Jaguar (whatever that was), and points out that we've actually appeared on the same stage as The Chain Reaction — which was Steven Tyler's band way back in high school.” It must have worked, as they ended up playing at the Bitter End in February 1967.