Listen to “Aphelion”, the new single from Kent trio The Bay Rays, that breathes the vivid emotion of longing for something that’s just out of hand. The track will be available immediately on their own label imprint, East Wing Records. The band will also be playing their first headline show on December 3rd at The Forum in Tunbridge Wells.
“Oh, Aphelion, I’m so far away from you now”, Harry sings. “It’s about having a closeness with someone, but you’re longing for something more”, he says. Although raw in both its subject matter and verses, it builds to a luscious, almost fragile chorus that manages to bottle the weird, almost self-destructive beauty that can be found in starting to understand these feelings of desire.
Speaking about the video, Harry also had to say “We’ve been fascinated by the antihero, Drive by Nicolas Rinding Refn to Badlands by Terrence Malik to Hunter S Thompson and photography work by William Eggleston. The narrative of the song is about a sense of longing and injustice in a world that doesn’t seem fair, a character who is an outcast to society, but wont stop trying to improve his situation and not go quietly.“
There’s an age-old and completely hypothetical adage that ‘guitar music is dead’. Of course, this simply isn’t true: the public’s desire to explore and come to understand the world through the pulsing, electrifying sound of a live band is a necessity that will not be eradicated. And in the case of The Bay Rays, the concept of ‘the band’ and its cultural importance is one that stands stronger than ever before. Their sound so full of energy and alive, it would no doubt continue to breathe even if it were to be placed six feet under the ground.
Made up from three members in their mid-twenties – lead singer and guitarist Harry Nicoll, bassist Anthus Davis, and drummer Maxwell Oakley – The Bay Rays have been playing together in various outfits since their early teenage years, when they met at school in Kent. Now after touring with Estrons and Slaves in the sort of cramped, drenched venues that were once frequented by luminaries like The Strokes and Kings of Leon, and headlining the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury, they’re on their way to releasing their debut EP called ‘Satisfaction’.