“Lisa & I once spent an entire day going through all of her demo cassettes, and we listened to each one searching for the definitive version of each of her recorded songs. I again listened to the end result a few days ago: nearly 90 minutes of great demos on one tape. Lisa is truly a triple threat- a stunning songwriter, great singer, and fantastic guitar player. Big Red Ball released three 7″ singles & a CD with varying lineups, the fact that all of her recorded work is of such high quality speaks to her talent.”
— John Kass "Go Johnny Go" records
“# 4.The Auroras Debut CD, "Starving in Paradise" feels like 70's London pop with a dollop of California sunshine. It's guitar-driven, mood lifting melodies are sprinkled with an array of musical surprises, grounded by the catchiest vocals and lyrical hooks. I liked "Waiting" so much, that I knew it had to be part of Koshi's first compilation project "L.A. Woman, songbook one" And feel totally vindicated in my choice as it is consistently mentioned as a favorite on the album.”
This sounds European to me, kinda like Dido. Interesting how you start with the hook. Thanks for the song, keep it up.
— Artist Media (New York)
Absolute pop, the lyrics match up well with the song. I like, I like!
— Everytuesday (San Francisco) Garageband
Your songs are good. Good musical composition. Great Choirs.”
— kspaz radio /Escondido California
OOOH, quite semi-sonic!!! Excellent production, real good sound. Love the panned guitars, they're real effective. Definitely the strongest song off the record.”
— 2nd left (United Kingdom) Garageband
Very powerful voice, and great production when everything kicks in. It is very well placed in the sound spectrum. Very simple lyrics, unique song that evolves into so much more.”
— Tubar (Minneapolis)
Dreamy Nice Zeppelin drums in the beginning. The minor 2 stuff really sets up a cool vibe for the verse. I really dig this singer!
— Artist Media (New York)
“Reviewers Pick Awards "The Auroras"
— Signature Track Of the Day GARAGEBAND
An evening of worldly views awaits you. Lisa Raye creates artistry, spinning songs of light, love and universitality. Her lyrics provide the ideal foreground for her Middle Eastern guitar textures, as her sounds carry other images of existence. Her winding melodies are passion and power unexpected from one woman with a guitar. Lisa enjoys the freedom of playing solo and connecting with her audience and sharing her insights. The BLB is perfect venue for the experience.
— BLB (Minneapolis)
“# 9 Big Red Ball 7" She Ran Away From The World”
— WMMR 96.3 FM
“This issue sees the release of "Big Red Ball's first 7" on Susstones. "She Ran Away From The World" b/w "Eastern Sky", shows off the always satisfying power and finesse of Lisa Raye, teamed with ex-clam Cindy Lawson and a supporting backdrop of gently churning pop. A great first effort from this local act.”
— Cake (Minneapolis)
"Inside Your Room/ One Day"
This band does fairly polished '60s-ish pop similar to the THREE O' CLOCK. but without the strong psyche influence. It's way better than recent stuff from RED KROSS or PERMANENT GREEN LIGHT.”
Maximun Rock N Roll
“Big Red Ball (Prospective)
"Inside Your Room"”
— WFMU 91.1 FM heavy rotation
“Big Red Ball (prospective)
# 18"Madamme Gray" b/w "It's up to You"”
— WRFW Top 20 singles (Wisconsin)
“A good title for an alternative interview might be: "This Mortal Goil". The band uses the same dark yet melodic moodiness as Big Star and it's attendant devotees. Lisa Raye has a sweet warble and when blended with the soft vocal dirge of Cindy Lawson, the effect is mesmerizing. I guess this will be blocked together with the English psychobabble that threatens to take over the uncivilized world. The dreamy swirl of sound and the sitar on side 2 are clinchers.”
— Real Life Zine
# 8 Big Red Ball 7" red vinyl
She Ran Away From the World”
— Canal 10 Radio 107fm (Spain)
“#2 "She Ran Away From the World"
Big Red Ball (Susstones Prospective)”
— Hit Parade Top Singles (Spain) 93'
“Harmonica / Baby Grant Johnson
This so-called "anti-folk festival" is a much needed forum for some local rockers who have gone solo acoustic. Harmonica (no she does not play one) is the stage name of Lisa Raye, who for years crafted great psychedelic hard rock in Big Red Ball. Now Harmonica tries to perform nightly on any local and regional stage that will have her and her beautiful intimate sound. Baby Grant Johnson (once Big Red Balls Guitarist), on the other hand, has gone down a rural blues route called "Lonesome Road"- The first release on Garage D'or records”
City Pages. The A-List
“# 1 Psychedelia rules! Heres yet another classic 45 full of drone, slow motion fantasy film. Superb! BRB oughta be a band to watch and not just because of B-side feat by J. Frankovic on sitar.”
— Heartbeat (Germany) Top 23 singles
“Speaking of confusing non sequesters, Indie pop and Indian music wouldn't seem to have more than a couple of syllables in common, but Big Red Ball does a nice job of fusing them.”
“She Ran Away From The World B/W Eastern Sky
An interesting record, I quickly noted the "long live Plasticland" on the sleeve and the presence of John Frankovic on sitar on the B-side. Despite such obvious signposts, the record is not as overtly psychedelic as might be expected. Nevertheless, "She Ran Away" with it's insistent rhythm guitar, rock steady drums, and repetitive unison vocals by Lisa Raye and Cindy Lawson is pleasantly entrancing. As the title suggests, the B-side is more exotic, Frankovics sitar, Joseph Pettini's water device and Lisa's keening vocal, all add their own elements of Eastern promise to a toothsome little sweetmeat. Encouraging stuff.”
Bucketful of Brains (UK)
"Big Red Ball's grasp of pop structures and psychedelic flavoring on "She Ran Away from the World" (Prospective) yields soft murky pleasures as if Sgt Pepper were a woman.
— Seattle Rocket
“When we took a spin of the Auroras CD, we loved their raw garage sound fused with perfect 70's pop. Then we found out they were a two person band and we were truly blown away. With unexpected instruments (cello anyone?)and great melodies, Lisa Raye and Jeff Barnell created their own record label Cloud 10. Were sure it won't be long before other labels come a callin.”
— Jane Magazine / Maybelline New York