San Diego duo Prayers have come a long ways in two years. They’ve made “Cholo Goth” — dancey but industrial synth-pop indebted equally to ’80s New Wavers and dark post-punkers like Bauhaus — a thing, with the strident messages on their 22-minute debut “Young Gods” (which came out in June on Travis Barker’s La Salle Records) framing vocalist Rafael Reyes and beatmaker Dave Parley as outsider heroes. After paying their dues in the underground, Prayers have become bona fide headliners and subjects of a mini-documentary — and this week it was announced they would play Coachella. “It’s like we’re guided by this spiritual source, this god-sent gift that had all of a sudden awakened and was waiting for us to kind of acknowledge it,” Reyes said in an interview with NBC San Diego, “and since we have, every door has been opened and every road paved in gold.” The new video for the song “Drugs,” which featured Barker and DJ Klever, was animated and directed by Dani Moreno Cordero. It melds with much of the dark imagery that Reyes (who in Prayers goes by Leafar Seyer, his name spelled backwards) addresses lyrically. Prayers’ in-the-works full-length will be produced by Steve Brown (Elton John, Wham!, the Cult, the Pogues and Corinne Bailey Rae, to name a few).
||| Watch: The video for “Drugs”
||| Live: Prayers play Saturday at the El Rey Theatre along with Plague Vendor, VOWWS and Avalon Lurk. Tickets. They also perform at Coachella on April 17 and 24.
||| Previously: “West End Girls”