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“The New Life is a must listen” – NME (8/10)
“A minor-chord menace” - Q (4/5)
“Girls Names is slowly becoming a band for all seasons” – Pitchfork
“Girls Names make sadness moreish and hypnotic” - The Fly (4/5)
“A marvellously murky, ill-tempered rush before impending doom” - Noisey
“In terms of a band upping their game, it’s a bit like when Deerhunter followed Turn It Up Faggot with Cryptograms” - Dazed & Confused
“The result is a stylish, intelligent record that does exactly what it set out to do: Girls Names have reinvented their sound and come up smelling of roses.” - BBC (8/10)
”The New Life is the perfect soundtrack for this winter of discontent” - AU (8/10)
”this album will announce to the world that they’re a band with big ambitions” - the 405
”If you weren’t already enthused by Belfast’s now is the time, their second album is their best yet” - Nialler 9 (Album of the Week)
“The New Life is a frontrunner for one of the best albums of the year so far” - Irish Times
“The New Life sounds like a gag loosened, a voice finally unsilenced” - NME, 8/10
Girls Names in this week’s NME.
The band tour from February
16th - The Menagerie, Belfast
21st - The Grand Social, Dublin
22nd - The Cockpit, Leeds
24th - Broadcast, Glasgow
25th - The Castle Hotel, Manchester
26th - Sebright Arms, London
27th - Point Ephemere, Paris
2nd - Sala Apolo, Barcelona
3rd - Astoria, Torino
4th - Circolo degli Artisti, Rome
5th - Mascotte, Zurich
6th - MuZ, Nuremberg
8th - Magnet Club (Karrera Klub), Berlin
9th - De Neiuwe Anita, Amsterdam
“Thumped: Because you seem so prolific - are you already considering your next record?
Girls Names: Oh yeah totally, I’ve half of the demos made for what may be next. I just came back from a break in France there and brought my laptop to work on stuff which was really relaxing. I really got bored of playing guitar for a month or two, and was a bit melted from recording the album, so I’ve actually been working on writing stuff from scratch with synths, and also with the bass, and programming different drum patterns. I’m not sure if this will be new Girls Names music or manifest itself in something else. I sent Tough Love an instrumental demo I just finished and was told it was reminiscent of Throbbing Gristle. I’m not so sure though. I have a recording half complete that I think will be a stand alone single next year at some stage. It’s not exactly like anything I imagine i’ll be writing here on in, but it’s a good tune I think for a bookend to this ‘New Life era’. It’s a confusing time now that I’m thinking about things so much, I’m not sure exactly where we’re going to go from here stylistically. There’s so much to explore for the time being. I suppose that’s really exciting. That’s why the last song on the record is called “The New Life”.”
Read the full interview here.
Fun Adults in the NME.
The word ‘Jumbo’ has been mistakenly used instead of the words ‘Tough Love’