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NEWS: Girl Ray share 80’s prom inspired video for ‘Friend Like That’

Girl Ray have shared a video for ‘Friend Like That’, a lilting disco tinged song about the love found in friendship and the latest single released from the North London band’s second album, Girl, out now via Moshi Moshi.

 About the song, the band said: “This is a friendship anthem. Reminds us of a really smashing high five with great contact. In music, friend love is often overshadowed by romantic love and IT’S JUST WRONG. This one goes out to the mates of the world.”
 
The video, which sees the band in full 1980’s prom attire, was directed by long-time collaborator Alex Cantouris who said the following:
 
“This is the 6th video I’ve made with Girl Ray and their attitude towards this particular one was to opt for the most “cringe option”, which I loved. Everyone’s hard work and the band’s brilliant attitude has produced a really fun video that hopefully all the fans will enjoy.” 
 
The band added: “For this video we felt it was necessary to return to our past formula of recreating big-budget films with 0.1% of the money and 3 people whose experience of acting stops at narrating the year 1 nativity. We have always loved all the classic 80s high school rom-coms, and this particular song seemed to lend itself well to a John Hughes plot. With an extremely questionable storyline we approached Alex Cantouris to help fill in the gaps. After an incredibly stressful week of pulling favours everything was finally ready and we began filming. We actually filmed the prom scene in our old school in Muswell Hill which was a surreal and hilarious experience. It was definitely the funnest video we’ve ever shot, and is now our favourite too.”
 

Following a tour as special guests of Metronomy, Girl Ray will headline an extensive UK tour this month including a show at London’s Electric Ballroom on 26th February 2020 as well as sold out dates in Manchester and Bristol. The band will also play a string of European shows in March and have been announced for Larmer Tree, Latitude, End Of The Road Festivals and more. Full tour dates are below and tickets are available here.

Girl Ray live:

 

18th February 2020 – Birmingham, Hare & Hounds
19th February 2020 – Leeds, Belgrave Music Hall
20th February 2020 – Glasgow, Stereo
21st February 2020 – Manchester, YES – SOLD OUT
22nd February 2020 – Nottingham, Bodega
23rd February 2020 – Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
25th February 2020 – Bristol, The Fleece
26th February 2020 – London, Electric Ballroom
27th February 2020 – Brighton, The Haunt
29th February 2020 – Brussels, Belgium, Botanique, Witloof Bar
1st March 2020 – Amsterdam, Netherlands, Cinetol
2nd March 2020 – Hamburg, Germany, Aalhaus
3rd March 2020 – Berlin, Germany, Berghain Kantine
4th March 2020 – Copenhagen, Denmark, Ideal Bar, Vega – Musikkens Hus
6th March 2020 – Munich, Germany – Milla
7th March 2020 – Nyon, Switzerland – La Parenthese
9th March 2020 – Winterthur, Switzerland, Albani Music Club
10th March 2020 – Paris, France, La Boule Noire
14th March 2020 – Madrid, Spain, Madrid Popfest
12th – 14th June 2020 – Hilvanrenbeek, Netherlands, Best Kept Secret
16th – 19th July 2020 – Dorset, Larmer Tree Festival
16th – 19th July 2020 – Southwold, Latitude Festival
17th – 19th July 2020 – Stirlingshire – Doune The Rabbit Hole
6th – 9th August 2020 – Palermo, Italy, Ypsigrock Festival
3rd – 6th September 2020 – Dorset, End Of The Road Festival

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