Dave Parley: Electronics | Rafael Reyes: Vocals

Genre: Electro | DJ, Rock

RIYL: Vampire, Latin Lovers, Sisters of Mercy, Baptism of Thieves, Black Heart Procession, Nite Ritual, Ermavip, Sons of the Moon, Heroes del Silencio

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Inception: San Diego, 2013

Influences: Black Heart Procession, Pet Shop Boys, the Cure, Joy Division, David Bowie, Peter Murphy, Sisters of Mercy


Prayers (not to be confused with the defunct San Diego band THE Prayers) is a killwave group founded around 2013 by Rafael Reyes (Latin Lovers, Baptism of Thieves), former frontman for defunct pop-goth band Vampire, and electronic artist Dave Parley (Latin Lovers).

“Killwave, occultwave, [and] shadowave are all outlets that I use to expose and celebrate fragments of who I am, may it be my vulnerability or, at times, my ego,” says Reyes, a self-described “cholo goth” musician whose numerous projects revolve around his autobiographical troika of invented genres.

An early video for “From Dog to God” provides a good idea of what killwave is all about: esoteric imagery, a tattoo-spackled Reyes applying cholo goth makeup, MPC monster Dave Parley’s beard, black nail polish, themes of isolation and betrayal, danceable beats, and cathedral spire synths.

Reyes' other band projects include Sons of the Moon with Pall Jenkins (Black Heart Procession), his solo project Nite Ritual (which includes local rapper Amer the Gamer), and Ermavip with Vampire guitarist Ian Dosland. In early 2014, a gothic vampire-themed video for “Ready to Bleed,” directed by frontman Rafael Reyes and shot on the streets of Sherman Heights, began streaming online.

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