A woozy take on ’60s garage rock
Ever since [a]The Smiths[/a] brought a swagger to the business of morbidity, many, many bands have tried to replicate the perverse pop that [a]Morrissey[/a], Marr and co mastered. Belfast trio [a]Girls Names[/a] have a go here, and fare far better than most. Forget their poor punctuation: this debut LP is awash with bittersweet romance and deadpan derision, the latter neatly encapsulated by the title. [b]‘Lawrence’[/b] and [b]‘Séance On A Wet Afternoon’[/b] deliver a woozy take on ’60s garage rock similar to that of [a]Crystal Stilts[/a], but with an oddly gothic surf twist, while Cathal Cully’s vocal on [b]‘Nothing More To Say’[/b] just oozes sardonic charm. As Mozzer once put it: viva hate.