The Bay Rays – Four Walls
(East Wing Records)
Louder than war’s Ioan Humphreys has a listen to The Bay Rays’ 100 mph garage punk debut.
I love short songs. Always have. It’s one of the reasons I love early GBV and hardcore punk. I love the fact that if a band has an idea, they can get it out there quick, without any fuss and then get onto the next one. Sometimes it can be just a quick idea that has a moment of greatness then fizzles out before it overstays its welcome. Perfect.
And this, ladies and gents, is exactly what you get with The Bay Ray’s blistering debut single ‘Four Walls’. Described by their PR as a “Garage rock/Punk trio”, this lot make a hell of a lot of noise for just three people! In just 1.55? It’s seriously great. You get hints of Rockabilly, The Sonics, some White Stripes, but what you also get in spades is this trio’s impossibly catchy, infectious, upbeat belter of debut. It’s over before you know what hit you, but it leaves you wanting more. Not a longer song. Just more from The Bay Rays!
With some radio support from Zane Low and Huw Stephens (they are playing Huw’s Social ‘Presents’ night in May), live support slots with Slaves and having been hard at work in the studio with Jolyon Thomas (Slaves, Daughter), this lot are already heading for great things. Try frowning after listening to this. I dare you. It’s impossible.
UK Tour Dates
9th April – Dim Swn, Cardiff
16th April – Club Psychedelia, Lennons, Southampton
20th April – The Green Door Store, Brighton
27th April – Purple Turtle, Reading
30th April – City Sound Project, Canterbury
1st May – Fringe Festival, Maidstone
10th May – Huw Stephens Presents, The Social, London
By Ioan Humphreys. More writing by Ioan Louder Than War can be found at his author’s archive.