Track: Girl Ray – Don’t Go Back At Ten, plus UK tour news

Promo image of Girl Ray taken by Neil Thomson

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

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