Girl Ray


Saturday 31st December 2016

Photo by Laura McCluskey

IM - Iris from Girl Ray.
SM - Sophie Moss.
PH - Poppy Hankin.

Where are you from?
London Town.

What do you do?
IM - Rock + Roll.
SM - Loathe myself and play bass in Girl Ray.
PH - Shred.

Describe your style in three words?
IM - Jack Purcell vibes.
SM - Plain, warm and borrowed.
PH - Black and stripes.

If you could make a record with anyone from history?
IM - Queen Elizabeth II.
SM - Robin Williams for the lyrics.
PH - ABBA because they nail every single song.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to and why?
IM - Recently saw The Oh Sees at Field Day and it was like being lifted from the dead multiple times.
SM - Thundercat at Glastonbury. Raw shreds. Stephen Bruner’s supple legs and swinging septum. Played a heart melting slowed version of 'Oh Sheit it’s X' at the end that set my vulva alight.
PH - I gotta be honest I saw HAIM the other night and I was like f*** this is insane! I want to be them so badly. Kept imagining me joining their band and them changing the name to ‘Haimkin’.

What British music icons inspire your sound today?
IM - Cate Le Bon, she is the chicest woman in rock today.
SM - I second that.
PH - Queen.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
IM - MJ. Obvious reasons.
SM - Michelle Obama is not history yet but it would be her because she keeps it unbelievably real, I think she would have very legit advice and she’s used to meeting keen strangers… Or Joe Leader on saxophone, because, so many questions.
PH - I’m not very good with history – I guess ideally some kind of Monarch where there was a huge banquet involved.

Which British subculture means the most to you?
IM - Health goth.
SM - Roadman – just out of fascination.
PH - Definitely steampunk.

If you could share the bill with any British band in history?
IM - Prefab Sprout for the quality backstage banter.
SM - David Bowie and the Spiders from Mars just because. 
PH - The Beatles because then maybe me and McCartney could become a thing.

What music did you listen to growing up?
IM - New rave.
SM - Classic family tunes. Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Van Morrison, Beach Boys.
PH - All the stuff my brothers liked… Pavement, Dandy Warhols, Pete and the Pirates. The first cool thing I liked that they didn’t was probably Jenny and Johnny’s record ‘I’m Having Fun Now’.

Girl Ray are an indie-pop trio from North London. Girl Ray will follow up their acclaimed 2017 debut album 'Earl Grey' with their recently announced second album 'Girl'. 'Girl' will be released on 8th November 2019 and can be pre-ordered at

Girl Ray will support Metronomy on tour in November 2019 before heading out on their own UK headline tour in February 2020. Details can be found at

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