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Album Review: Girls Names - 'Dead To Me'

A woozy take on ’60s garage rock

Album Review: Girls Names - 'Dead To Me'

7 / 10 Ever since The Smiths brought a swagger to the business of morbidity, many, many bands have tried to replicate the perverse pop that Morrissey, Marr and co mastered. Belfast trio Girls Names 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. ‘Lawrence’ and ‘Séance On A Wet Afternoon’ deliver a woozy take on ’60s garage rock similar to that of Crystal Stilts, but with an oddly gothic surf twist, while Cathal Cully’s vocal on ‘Nothing More To Say’ just oozes sardonic charm. As Mozzer once put it: viva hate.

Ash Dosanjh

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