Belfast, County Antrim
Formed in January 2009, Girls Names quickly garnered recognition outside of the confines of their hometown of Belfast with the release of their eponymous debut EP in 2010 through New York's Captured Tracks. A mini-album through London imprint Tough Love soon followed, setting the foundations for their critically acclaimed debut LP Dead To Me, released in April last year again by Tough Love in Europe and cult West Coast label Slumberland Records in the US. Earlier this year the band released a split 7” with Weird Dreams and contributed with a new single called ‘A Troubled See' that saw them spread far and wide.
Girls Names are now hinting at making their boldest and most exciting record to date. New single 'The New Life' clocks in at over 7 minutes and takes you on a journey that mirrors the feelings of a band living and working in economy stricken Northern Ireland - the perfect soundtrack of the bleakness to where they exist. The B-side on the 12” is a J D Twitch Optimo remix of the single.
This year the band expanded to a four-piece and has spent the last six months in virtual seclusion honing and developing a more progressive and expansive sound, feeding on the darker sides of Echo and The Bunnymen, Spacemen 3, The Birthday Party and David Bowie's Low before heading off on a triumphant Spring/Summer European tour culminating on their biggest and most successful shows to date at the prestigious Primavera sound festival in Barcelona.
A new full length is currently being finished off but for now it seems Girls Names are intent on making a lasting impression with single 'The New Life'. It certainly feels as though the band is ready to enter a new phase in their existence and they’re not afraid to take risks.