“(I Wish I Were Giving You A Gift) This Christmas”, a song about loneliness and longing at Christmas, finds the North London trio embracing a seasonally sonic palette of children’s choir, sleigh bells, and the hidden whinny of a kidnapped reindeer.
With the launch of a festive 7" single comes the announcement of a new headline tour for April 2018. See below for the full list of tourdates, which include a hometown show at London’s Heaven venue on 18th April 2018.
Girl Ray, comprising Moss (bass) Poppy Hankin (guitar/vocals), Iris McConnell (drums), concluded their debut UK tour with a triumphant, sold-out homecoming show at The Scala last week.
The North London trio released debut album Earl Grey through Moshi Moshi earlier this year to unanimous acclaim: four stars in The Guardian, Q Magazine and The Evening Standard; Album of the Week on The Line Of Best Fit, Loud and Quiet and Under The Radar; an Album of the Day on BBC Radio 6 Music and an It’s Album Time feature on Huw Stephens’ BBC Radio 1 show.
Girl Ray formed two years ago when the band were just 16 years old and in a twist of fate as symbolic as it was bittersweet, “Trouble,” their first single for Moshi Moshi, was recorded on what would have been their final day of school.
The band’s songs document the dramas of adolescence with a wit and wistfulness far beyond their years. Girl Ray are the sound of that uncertain period in everybody’s life when certain things start to loom large, when feels are felt more intensely than ever before, and when every decision seems like a fork in the road on your way to adulthood. Being a teenager is a crucible of heightened emotions and transformative confusion from which the ‘real’ you will ultimately emerge, having fallen in love (and out again), outgrown friendships you thought would last forever, and changed in ways you never thought possible. What does not typically emerge, however, is a debut album as richly evocative of the experience as Earl Grey.
Recorded with their friend (and now touring guitarist) Mike O’Malley over two “intense and insane” weeks at Ramsgate’s Big Jelly studios, Earl Grey is a record of invention and ambition, whose delicate, sun-dappled melodies dance around the inside of your skull like a flickering zoetrope of memories: some fond, others less so.