9/10 Brian Staff review, 28 April 2011
So here's a supernaturally buzzing ghost-pop band from Belfast, olde Northern Ireland! I'm quite simply obsessed with this album & keep listening to the bastard thing slavishly, seemingly caught up in a delirious trance of heady nostalgia. But these cats is also minty fresh with the finest killer hooks & a casual effortlessness that is quite ridiculous. All these quite wonderful bands could easily be an influence - The Mantles, Crystal Stilts, Da Fresh & Only's - but Girls Names possess a spooked, propulsive charm all of their own. Listless muffled dream-like vocals, dinky spectral jangly guitar lines, a drummer with a taut yet casual attitude! Their songs are flighty yet also weirdly grounded like some of the best introverted shamblepop of the 80's, immersed into a dingy cavern swimming with the finest 60's garage-psych! Girls Names are curiously confusing in their personable-ness whilst simultaneously coming over all craftily aloof, if you know what I mean. They're certainly coy & melancholy lyrically but these ragged, scratchy guitars and often frantic voodoo surf drums are utterly joyful! The song 'Cut Up' is possibly the best possessed indie tune I've heard in absolute donkeys - what a killer guitar line! So to wrap-up, 'Dead To Me' is a remarkably solid listen from start to finish & makes me feel incredibly buoyant, not to mention full of hope for the contemporary UK indie scene! I'm sorry but I'm a bit speechless, just buy the record kids!
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