Photo Credit: Rhysia Rhys

Cinema peaked in 1998 with Blade's iconic Vampire Rave Club scene - now, 25 years later, the inspiration for the stunning video for the brand new gürl single 'HEXY', starting to bite as of today. Watch the video here: to see how their best visual feast yet ends in a blood bath.


After cracking 1,000,000 streams and gaining incredible support from BBC Radio 1 and Kerrang! Radio, you’d be forgiven for thinking gürl might want to play it safe with this first single off their second EP, Parma Violence. This is far from the truth. The new anti-pop trio are here to shock and seduce with their nastiest release to date. 'HEXY' shows the darker and edgier side of the bubblegum razorblade three-piece from the UK, but, in typical gürl fashion, tongue in cheek. Or rather, tongue in fang.

This hernia-inducing nu-punk anthem redefines the bleeding edge of alternative music and sits somewhere between Nova Twins, Bring Me The Horizon, Ashnikko, and Beastie Boys.

Watch gürl on their upcoming UK tour. Dates as follows:

  • Sep 30: Bristol, Misery Loves Company
  • Oct 10: Brighton, The Prince Albert
  • Oct 14: Manchester, The Deaf Institute
  • Nov 03: Cambridge, The Six Six
  • Nov 28: Bristol, The Exchange
  • Nov 30: London, The Black Heart

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Produced by Rhys May (BMTH, Enter Shikari), with assistance from Dan Lancaster (MUSE, Don Broco, BMTH), 'HEXY' is bursting with huge 808s, baritone guitars, and nu punk vocals that firmly cement the trio as pioneers shaping the sound of modern rock.

Says Joshua Dalton (vocals): "Tired of being sexy? Try being HEXY. We sandwiched creepy horror sound fx and Beastie Boys-inspired vocals between thicc guitars and 808s, and effectively wrote a love song from a perspective of utter cynicism. The result is our Halloween anthem. We're not the kinda band that would release a Christmas song (yet), but we refuse to let "Thriller" corner the market on Halloween.

"As for the video, everyone knows cinema peaked at Blade 1998. If you live your entire life having only ever watched this Wesley Snipes classic, you've seen all you need to see of the moving pictures art form. So, naturally, we felt the opening blood rave scene would be perfect for HEXY."

gürl are anti-pop: Froot Loops and butcher knives, bubblegum and razor blades, and fashion posing as music, all wrapped in diva choruses with heavy guitars, rock drums and trap production. Think Ashnikko meets Loathe and Billie Eilish meets Bring Me The Horizon, but drenched in a magnificent shade of pink. The result is dangerous: it’s glam, it’s heavy, it’s camp, it’s sarcastic, it’s narcissistic, it’s ironic, and most importantly, it goes hard.

The Bristol-based outfit were founded by vocalist/lyricist Joshua Dalton and guitarist Jonny Turner, on the condition that they would be called gürl, offering a cynical reflection on music marketing by choosing a name that ‘cool people’ would wear on a t-shirt. They started out with neo-soul but soon found that they could (and should) go much harder, combining outrageous lyrics, stadium-sized riffs, heavy-hitting drums, and irresistible basslines, all glued together by tasteful (but never meek) trap elements.

Vocalist/lyricist Joshua Dalton cares about words and means what he says. Following his father’s death, he found his road to Damascus by realising that each time he found himself in a dark place, he turned to music: "Every fight, every sleepless night, every break-up: music is this unrelenting, limitless, untameable source of joy."

Guitarist Jonny Turner thinks about little other than, well, playing the guitar. The co-founder, co-writer and co-producer alongside Joshua has honed his skills in countless bands and shows, learning to translate the electric shocks received he experienced playing rural Romanian bars directly into the energy he now projects on stage.

Joining the gürl group in the summer of 2022, Jay Parker turns up both temperature and volume with four strings and attitude. Creative from the get-go, she received her first guitar as a backcombed, eyelinered, skinny-jean-wearing teenage scene kid – a gift from her parents, alongside early inspiration ranging from Missy Elliot to Green Day and Pink Floyd. Though Jay has since graduated in fashion communication and also shines as a model, stylist, photographer, baker, and connaisseur of salty snacks, her calling is and has always been music, with all the sweat, tears, and blistered fingers that come with it.

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