Girl Ray, Sipho, Regressive Left, Gracie Gray
Friday, January 21, 19:00
Indie-turned-pop North Londoners Girl Ray have lurched from success to success, winning plaudits for their deliciously jangly 2017 debut Earl Grey as well as chart-baiting 2019 follow up Girl. The band has shown themselves to be more than capable of chunky stylistic shifts, and we’re all waiting to see where they go next with bated breath.
Birmingham’s SIPHO., who counts The 1975, Rina Sawayama, and Beeabadoobee as labelmates on Dirty Hit, could well be the biggest artist on the planet in a few years. His recent set at End Of The Road was amongst the most talked about in years, and the calibre of his music speaks for itself - it’s an “earthy amalgamation of R&B, gospel and metallic electronic pop”, according to The Guardian.
Regressive Left have dished out three exceptional servings of angular, NYC-inspired art-rock to date, with the latest - “Cream Militia” - a moody, throbbing gem. Fusing two distinct eras of iconic New York music together, along with a serrated political core and a penchant for making people boogie, the Luton threesome are carving a niche all to themselves.
Gracie Gray’s recent single “alienlover” (a former Song Of The Day) has helped the Los Angeleno carve a plot in the musical landscape. It’s both gruff and slick, with low-slung grunge licks and Cocteau Twins-esque backing vocals sauntering beneath her breathy melodies. Gray’s upcoming sophomore, anna, is set to be an early contender for year-end accolades when it arrives in February - catch the Hand In Hive signee while you can.
The Lexington is an 18+ venue - please bring ID!