As one of the more dynamic vocalists of the early ‘90s, NYC native Ray West’s defiant screams and guttural wails defined a generation of Street Metal-loving headbangers. With Spread Eagle, West aided in the creation of iconic anthems such as the tormented “Switchblade Serenade,” the seething “Suzy Suicide,” and the ode to the underbelly of NYC, “Broken City.”
Like many of his era, West rode out a turbulent mid to late-90s period, coming out on the other side wiser and more confident than ever. With renewed vigor, enhanced melodicism, and his partner in musical crime, bassist, songwriter, producer, and esteemed session musician Miguel Gonzalez, by his side, West sought to create his most personal music yet.
The result of the collaboration is Supafly, which features revisited and remastered versions of tracks previously recorded and new compositions. According to West, the most meaningful of the bunch is “Drowning Man,” which the vocalist says, “Is about losing yourself in something beautiful. But if you ask me later, I could give you one hundred different reasons why I love it. Brimming with heavy urban power grooves, Supafly represents an evolution for West and is perhaps his most personal songwriting to date. When asked about the meaning of the tracks herein the Supafly release, West quipped, “Spread Eagle will always have my heart. That’s my history. But Supafly is my calling card; it’s autobiographical and leads deep into my soul. That’s why I never let these songs go.”