THIS IS TMRW PRESENTSGIRL RAY+ SPECIAL GUESTSTUES FEB 18THHARE AND HOUNDStickets on sale Friday 2nd Aug 9amAfter their last sell out show in Birmingham, Girl Ray are back with new material and a new headline show at the Hare and Hounds.Make sure you grab tickets early, as the last show sold out very quickly!DOORS: 7.30PMTICKETS: £10 ADVAVAILABLE FROM SKIDDLE, SEENorth London band Girl Ray return for their second album with a delightful, sun-kissed tribute to their love of pop and R&B.High quality, timeless pop songs weren’t always created in offices by handfuls of writers and marketing teams and then farmed out to the highest bidding singers. Once upon a time they were written and recorded by artists – George Michael, Prince or Kate Bush for example – who wanted to use the universal, happy medium of pop music to put across joyous, accessible messages of love, friendship and life to the world.And that’s what Girl Ray have done. They’ve done far more than just “go pop.” To have the confidence to totally change one’s creative output is something so few artists manage, but they’ve nailed it.Back in 2017, the band Girl Ray released Earl Grey: a debut album of expertly-crafted, sweet, hummable songs about longing, friendship, self doubt and contemplation. It was a success. “With Girl Ray, we knew we had found something special,” says Stephen Bass of Moshi Moshi who signed the band in 2016.After their tour rolled to a stop and Girl Ray’s members Poppy, Sophie and Iris floated back to earth, taking up employment in shops and restaurants. They hung about listlessly, struggled with bouts of feeling a bit down and saw each together ritualistically despite not creating much music. Poppy started writing some new songs for their second record much like the sweet odes to longing, love and friendship on their debut. But the vibes just weren’t there. It was Ariana Grande’s explosion into pop culture that kickstarted a new era for Girl Ray. “Thank U, Next came out and that kind of changed everything,” Poppy says. A quick glance at the band’s most-listened-to Spotify playlists informed them that they were far more into music from the likes of Calvin Harris, Destiny’s Child, Dua Lipa and Britney than they were into guitar music. That, combined with Ari’s ballad of self-love and the party vibe Girl Ray witnessed when touring with US band Porches (“their live game was so fun and super synthy and so danceable,” Sophie recalls. “It looked like much more of a party,”) led to the band beginning to wonder if they could try their hand at making their own pop.