"Meet PRAYERS, the San Diego cholo-goth duo who want to
break down every barrier in sight." -Noisey/Vice
"San Diego duo PRAYERS rep the 'cholo goth' sound and lifestyle." -LA Weekly
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New York, NY (October 20, 2017) – PRAYERS have announced their upcoming new studio album entitled Baptism Of Thieves, out November 24 on digital, CD and LP formats. This is their first release with BMG since recently signing with the label. With gritty lyrics exposing the harsh realities of gang and street life, coupled with love and loss over throbbing beats and swirling synthesizers, electronic duo PRAYERS bring an authentic urban feel to Goth music, a mix of genres that crosses cultural and societal boundaries and breaks stereotypes.
Look no further than the two album tracks "Edge Of The Blade" and "Black Leather" featuring Kat Von D. Both songs are available for download and streaming. You can listen to the official audio below.
02. Death Is In Bloom
03. Tears In The Rain
04. Edge Of The Blade
05. Beauty And Bedlam
06. Trust Issues Feat. Pictureplane
07. One 9 One 3
08. Wild Roses
09. Lucifer Rising
10. Black Leather Feat. Kat Von D
11. Baptism Of Thieves
PRAYERS are touring the U.S. for the rest of the year in support of the new album, including Knotfest and an appearance at the Loudwire Music Awards (on October 24). Please see below for tour routing and tickets.
10/28 - The Bunkhouse Saloon; Las Vegas, NV
10/29 - Strummer's; Fresno, CA
10/30 - Great American Music Hall; San Francisco, CA
11/03-5 - Ozzfest Meets Knotfest @ Glen Helen Amphitheater; San Bernadino, CA
11/07 - Saint Vitus; Brooklyn, NY
11/09 - The Bowery Ballroom; New York, NY
12/02 - The Regent Theater; Los Angeles, CA
12/03 - The Parish @ House of Blues Anaheim; Anaheim, CA
12/05 - The Crescent Ballroom; Phoenix, AZ
12/06 - 191 Toole; Tucson, AZ
12/07 - Tricky Falls; El Paso, TX
12/09 - Paper Tiger; San Antonio, TX
12/12 - Trees; Dallas, TX
12/14 - Bluebird Theater; Denver, CO
In advance of their studio album, PRAYERS have also released the two-song Cursed Be Thy Blessings EP featuring original members of Christian Death, along with a documentary entitled Beyond and Back. The documentary premiered with Uproxx and tells the whole story behind the new music and the interconnected history between the two bands.
CLICK HERE to watch the documentary, shot by hip-hop director Ramez Silyan, who has worked with the likes of Atlanta rapper Father and Lil Peep, and esteemed urban and lowrider culture photographer Estevan Oriol.
A photobook and 7" version of the EP is forthcoming.
PRAYERS create a modern dystopian landscape based in both brutal reality and transcendental occultism. Featuring Leafar Seyer on vocals and synth and Dave Parley on beats and synth, PRAYERS straddle interlocking worlds: both members were born in Mexico—Seyer in Cotija, Michochan and Parley in Tijuana—and both grew up watching MTV and listening to punk and goth. Their creativity draws on the conflict of embracing of alternative, underground styles rather than traditional Chicancismo, the dissonance of their existence as indigenous people treated as immigrants on their ancestral land, and their status as Mexicans playing in what has long been viewed as a white genre.
Influenced by Christian Death, Depeche Mode, Bauhaus, Pet Shop Boys and other dark 80s music as well as Seyer's life as member in one of San Diego's oldest gangs, Sherman Grant Hill Park 27, PRAYERS are considered the pioneers of Cholo goth. Seyer’s experiences in Sherman GHP and his transmutation into an acclaimed fine artist, author, and now counterculture idol, form the foundation of PRAYERS, with the singer expressing his real life conquests over betrayal, rejection, and false imprisonment of the body and spirit, as he fights the ultimate battle to transcend this world and its boundaries.
PRAYERS’ dynamic music, Seyer’s direct yet poetic lyrics, the stark blackwhite neo-noir videos which combine true street stories and esoteric spirituality, and their compelling, authentic live shows drew immediate attention to PRAYERS. They made their first splash with the SD Killwave EP, which was was released online in 2013 and on vinyl and CD in 2014. Gothic Summer followed in 2014, which included the hit title track which sky-rocketed the duo onto the main stage, with its accompanying video winning the San Diego Film Festival Awards for Best Music Video and Best Music Video Editing, accumulating over 1M views to date. In 2015, Travis Barker signed PRAYERS to his label and produced their next release entitled Young Gods, which also features Skinhead Rob and DJ Klever. The same year, the band won the San Diego Music Award for Best Alternative Band, just weeks before it was announced they were to perform at Coachella.