Una Mullally

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Girls Names – The New Life

Back in 2011, then a trio, Belfast band Girls Names released the album ‘Dead To Me’, winning plaudits internationally. It was rough around the edges, but like most surfy shoegaze, that was part of its charm. Now, they’re back with …

Tue, Feb 19, 2013, 13:54

   

Back in 2011, then a trio, Belfast band Girls Names released the album ‘Dead To Me’, winning plaudits internationally. It was rough around the edges, but like most surfy shoegaze, that was part of its charm.

Now, they’re back with their second record, ‘The New Life’ having expanded to a four-piece and with a remarkably reinvented sound. ‘The New Life’ is a frontrunner for one of the best albums of the year so far. There’s a beefier drive within their tracks, the reverb laden vocals pushing the pedals on a revving motor of basslines. The Horrors and Joy Division are now more obvious references, but Girls Names also have a light-footedness about them, managing to skip out of the sonic quagmire those two bands can sometimes get stuck in.

You can stream the whole album here. Cathal Cully talks about how ‘Dead To Me’ was dead to them over on Skinny Wolves’ blog.

Here’s a clip of the band a couple of years back on Ceol ar an Imeall Series 2.

Girls Names play the Grand Social this Thursday. Tickets are €12.

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