Another Anything But Defaming Portrait, Girls Names.

Another Anything But Defaming Portrait, Girls Names.

For all the litany of premonitory Sound of 2013-styled lists narcissistically divulged somewhere or other around the turn of the year, there was what to me appeared a glaring omission in every last one, and that would incontrovertibly be the inclusion of gloomy, Belfast-based jangle gargoyles, Girls Names. You’d have been hard pushed to happen upon a more exemplary eight minutes of racy invigoration than The New Life last year – the slow burn and somewhat ramshackle title track from their forthcoming début, anticipated February 18th on Tough Love Records – with that one ranking rather prominently in our itself ever so slightly conceited Tracks of 2012 rundown though ahead of the issuing aforesaid, we’ve another broody stalk to feast upon in the louche and gangly form of Pittura Infamante. The Italian for defaming portrait, it’s anything but as the four-piece proffer yet another self-portrayal that only raises their stock further, and once more does so exponentially: tinged with a little more optimism than the despondent monochromatism with which previously released fragments were besmeared (The New Life, or Hypnotic Regression) obscured baritonal moans of being dangled upside down hang ominously over giddy, trebly guitar lines that’re in turn snorted avidly by succinct and brittle rhythms. Anything but tough to fall for – head, heels, ‘n’ all – the full-length can’t come soon enough, and it’ll surely make a few end of years come this one’s conclusion…

Girls Names.

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