Kent, England's The Bay Rays plays the kind of garage rock that sounds like a rampant soiree. Howling guitar chords bordering on breaking frequency and the blistering assaults of Maxwell Oakley's drumming fuel the trio's debut single "Four Walls," but the band swings just as much as they thrash.
Behind the cacophony is a lilting groove -- Anthus Davis' basslines dance fervently through the tune, while Harry Nicoll's vocals strut with a rockabilly-like cadence in the verse before soaring into a falsetto that shows off Nicoll's range in the catchy chorus.
"Four Walls" has all the power and velocity of a Sonics or a Jim Jones Revue track, though it's without the grit of heavy distortion. Still, the general musical spirit of the two aforementioned bands is palpable in The Bay Rays' debut, and it reminds us that when garage rock is fun, it's a hell of a good time.