Third album from Northern Irish band Girls Names, titled 'Arms Around A Vision'. With their usual abstract approach alongside cross-Europe influences ranging from Italian Futurism to Russian constructivism - it’s one for the muso in you. One for fans of Roxy Music and Joy Division. On cream vinyl, vinyl and CD on Tough Love.
7/10 Clinton Staff review, 29 September 2015
Girls are really popular for band names at the moment. Last week we had Girl Band from Dublin; this week it's Girls Names from Belfast. This starts promisingly with some severe post punk clanking all nice and metallic. The track then shifts gear into a Josef K style piece of wiry pop. The vocals though, they sound like a slurred meeting of minds between Mark E Smith and Shane McGowan. Just imagine?
Girls Names are a four piece who I’ve previously described as Echo and the Bunnymen raincoat rock but this doesn’t sound very Echo and the Bunnymen at all. It still sounds something from the post-punk era but it’s more kind of snotty. A bit of early Elvis Costello perhaps. ‘Desire Oscillation’s has those wheezing organs that the Stranglers used. It finishes with a rather brilliant guitar solo. I do hear a lot of the Horrors in here and according to the press release Girls Names have been soaking up European culture. It makes for a slight shift in their sound - they are looking further than Joy Division towards ‘Low’ era Bowie and early Simple Minds for inspiration and are unafraid to use a synth to demonstrate this.
It’s not as blitzkrieg as previous releases and on first listen it’s a bit like Joe Strummer fronting Psychedelic Furs. Serious lads... but these is serious times.
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