The Bay Rays – New Home

(East Wing Records)



Louder than war has a listen to The Bay Rays’ latest single release ‘New Home’

It was only last month that The Bay Rays very kindly dropped their debut single ‘Four Walls’ onto my lap. It was 1.55 of blisteringly fast garage rock that I cuddled for a while and then set free as it had to be heard and nurtured by music lovers everywhere.

Now this month, this three piece (Harry Nicoll (vocals/guitar), Maxwell Oakley (drums) and Anthus Davis (bass)) who have already supported fellow Kent band Slaves last year, are finding their wings and are building up an impressive portfolio of insanely catchy punky rock and roll belters with their second single release ‘New Home’ via the band’s own label East Wing Records on 27th May.

This really is a rollicking frenetic slice of pop perfection to be honest. It has a great glamrockesque chorus that is reminiscent of the The Fratellis?  It’s really hard to place the sound as this lot make such a big noise for a three-piece. Along with their complete disregard for the speed limit, I guess what sets these reprobates apart are their cheeky vocals and lyrics (“one for the obituary”) which especially stick.

The last time I reviewed The Bay Rays I said I wanted “not a longer song. Just more from The Bay Rays!” And I echo this again. The more you hear this band, the more you want to hear what they can do within a 3 minute time limit, a bucket full of riffs and a vocal delivery of lyrics that care for neither timing nor niceties.

The Bay Rays’ New Home will be released via the band’s own label East Wing Records on 27th May.

UK Tour Dates

10th May – Huw Stephens Presents, The Social, London

14th May – Single Launch Party, The Sussex Arms Basement, Tunbridge Wells

3rd June – Electric Circus, Edinburgh

4th June – King Tuts, Glasgow


The Bay Rays can be contacted via Instagram or Facebook. They also tweet as @thebayrays

By Ioan Humphreys. More writing by Ioan Louder Than War can be found at his author’s archive.


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