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If you were at Glastonbury this year you might have already come across The Bay Rays – they closed the BBC Introducing stage on the Sunday night and are attracting praise from high places. The boys from Kent might only be a threepiece but they don’t half manage to make a racket.

New Home‘ is a balls out, swaggering, strutting gutpunch of a song. It’s three minutes long but it feels shorter as it bashes you round the head with a thump of drums, a tangle of guitars and a boisterous chorus.

On the one hand it feels very modern and fresh and yet on the other it feels almost nostalgic, harking back to early punk rock and evoking Ramones-esque sounds. It’s not pretty but it’s effective and fun, and it’s exciting to see how far The Bay Rays can go from here.

Words by Tom Worley

Tipped by Rob Platts and Charlotte Holroyd


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