Album Review: Girls Names – ‘Dead To Me’

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. ‘Lawrence’ and ‘Séance On A Wet Afternoon’ 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 ‘Nothing More To Say’ just oozes sardonic charm. As Mozzer once put it: viva hate.

Ash Dosanjh

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