Life Anew, Girls Names.

Life Anew, Girls Names.

Belfast noise-pop pariahs Girls Names made a splash noirish as raven feathers immersed in impermeable tar last February when they released the supremely murky The New Life. Nonetheless with a forthcoming limited 12″ EP slated for release next month, they’ve this time lightened the tone by the sounds of things: entitled The Next Life, if its artwork visually pillages from that adorning Bowie’s The Next Day, then the first track we’ve been aurally treated to conversely derives inspiration from none other than Brian Eno. No, it’s alas, not a cover of King’s Lead Hat, but instead a reworking of Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy) lynchpin Third Uncle, during which Cathal Cully assumes his most accurate Alex Kapranos impression atop Gib Cassidy’s galloping drums. For a first foray into the studio, the band’s latest acquisition acquits himself astonishingly confidently, a tightly wound rhythmic section adding steel and guile alike to a vortical whirr of barbed guitars, immovable bass rootage and lyrics spat like savourless gum. And irrespective of hue, it’s one you’d best blow up below…

The Next Life is expected October 28th on Tough Love Records.

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