It’s no surprise that the Girl Ray show tonight had completely sold out. They seemingly sprouted from nowhere and came out with one of 2017’s strongest albums. There’s huge applause when they walk on and quite rightly so. It’s almost surprising that they are playing a venue of this capacity, it’s an indication of how much they crept up out of nowhere. There was a buzz around the band since a major article in the Guardian on them and everyone was waiting for their release. When it did come it received praise across the board and the band, who were quite small at the time, found their way into a lot of people’s music collections. No doubt that Earl Grey will do very well on 2017’s album of the year polls. I know it’s on mine.
Girl Ray have become one of 2017’s most hyped bands. Their music is raw and deep. There’s a complexity to their songs which is disguised with subtlety. Do they deserve the hype they are receiving? Absolutely. Their music boarders on melancholic but is countered with their natural charm and beautiful airy vocals. Just before their debut Earl Grey was released, singer and guitarist Poppy had a brief chat with us to talk about the band’s journey up to this point.