Girl Ray announce their eagerly awaited debut headline tour and share an ode to friendship with new track ‘Don’t Go Back At Ten’.

The North London trio – comprising Poppy Hankin (guitar/vocals), Iris McConnell (drums) and Sophie Moss (bass) – recently announced details of their highly anticipated debut album ‘Earl Grey’ (out 4 August via Moshi Moshi), but we’ve been itching for tour news. On the back of three appearances at Glastonbury, they now have a full run of their own UK dates (and a performance at Latitude Festival) to share, as well as another track from their forthcoming release.

New song ‘Don’t Go Back At Ten’ is another gorgeous example of their dreamy indie-pop, with Hankin’s distinctive, angelic and skyscraping – but also rich and deep – vocals carried on a wave of lo-fi guitars and melting harmonies. If you’ve ever had a close friend who, despite your best efforts to send that ill-advised text or in general hit the self-destruct button, is the voice of reason and the support you need you’ll definitely relate to the lyrics of ‘Don’t Go Back At Ten’ – “She said: “Don’t take this out on yourself”…“don’t you dare”.

Hankin said about the new single: “After a break-up I was super low, and as clichéd and teen-movie as it sounds, it was truly my friends who got me through it, making sure that I didn’t just mope about the whole time eating pots of cottage cheese and crying. I guess I wrote this one to cheer myself up in a way. Not many of the songs on the album are happy but this one is, kinda!”

Theirs is a wonderfully warm and nostalgic sound and ‘Don’t Go Back At Ten’ is the music equivalent of that comforting friend.

Girl Ray live dates

6 July – Latitude Festival
23 July – Truck Festival
29 July – Port Eliot Festival
11 Aug – Isle Of Wight Ventnor Festival
18 – 20 Aug – Green Man Festival
26 Aug – Sea Change Festival
03 Sept – End of The Road Festival
16 Sep – Good Life Festival
30 Oct – Liverpool – Liverpool Music Week
31 Oct – Leeds – Headrow House
01 Nov – Manchester – Gullivers
02 Nov – Glasgow – Broadcast
03 Nov – Newcastle – Think Tank Underground
05 Nov – Birmingham – Hare & Hounds
06 Nov – Oxford – The Cellar
07 Nov – Bristol – Louisiana
08 Nov – Brighton – Green Door Store
09 Nov – London, The Scala