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  • Audio CD (18 Feb. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Tough Love
  • ASIN: B00ANWQ14O
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Released on Tough Love (UK) and Slumberland (US). Belfast-based four-piece Girls Names are a singular proposition, both geographically and psychically removed from their contemporaries at home and abroad. Released on 18th February, their second album The New Life is the sound of a band on the fringes striving to forge their own path, purposefully out of step - and time - with their surroundings. Weighed heavy with the grey landscapes of their hometown, The New Life is isolation laid bare, shot through with an undeterred sense of purpose and individuality.Having released a series of singles and EPs on various independent labels, Girls Names made their first significant impression on the wider world in 2011 with their debut album, Dead To Me, earning plaudits from the likes of Pitchfork, NME and Loud & Quiet amongst a host of others. And yet, despite all the praise heaped on it, as soon as that record was released Girls Names were already moving into a different headspace. The band s performance at this year Primavera festival provided them with their first real opportunity to showcase the songs that were to comprise The New Life. The sunshine backdrop of the Spanish coastline offered a somewhat incongruous setting to the eerie dissonance of the new material, a kind of trial by fire metamorphosis rapturously received. Following a tour of Europe, the band returned home to record the album over a series of months. Having been produced by singer and songwriter, Cathal Cully, they ve managed to capture that sense of otherness the performances at Primavera hinted at. The expansion to a four piece means the garage-clatter of the spritely pop songs of their debut have been replaced by a deeper, shadowy exercise in catharsis, driven by repetition, psychedelia and Dionysian crisis. And the record was born of a weighty concept too, as Cully explains: The New Life is not an over night change for Girls Names - just over two years in fact. Dead to Me literally was dead to us by the time it was committed to wax. But it's a learning curve. We started moving on as artists the moment we finished that recording session, maybe even before. Not to dwell on the past, The New Life is what happens when you reset everything back to zero and start again, but try to perfect. It starts back at zero the minute the needle hits the groove but we're also starting back from zero once the needle lifts at the end of the record. Ad infinitum. The New Life is what follows now. The title track, and the first single to be taken from the album, is an ideal entry point. Just shy of 8 minutes long, it rotates around a hypnotic bass line, and in Cully s evocation of renaissance, offers a perfect metaphor for the album as a whole. New single Hypnotic Regression - available to stream today - reflects another side to the record. The reverb-heavy guitars and compelling melody are immediately memorable, but there are signs of experimentation, too; the white squall of the lead break; the uneasiness in the vocal echoes that furnish the verses. As such, The New Life, stands as a brave statement; the mark of the band untying themselves from the past and easing forth into the unknown.

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The New Life is an apt title for the second album by Girls Names.

This Belfast band – formerly a trio, now expanded to a four-piece – won critical plaudits for their 2011 debut, Dead to Me, which offered a brooding take on Best Coast-style surfer-rock. It was bruised, but also full of pop hooks.

However, Dead to Me was dead to Girls Names as soon as they’d recorded it. They wanted to start again and try something new. And this time round, the brooding takes centre stage.

Post-punk riffs lumber out of the darkness, and reverb-soaked vocals echo through the mix. Pop hooks are replaced with bass-driven, hypnotic melodies.

All of this gives The New Life a ghostly, macabre air. It nods to The Birthday Party, Joy Division and Bauhaus, while also borrowing a dollop of Jesus and Mary Chain dreaminess. In terms of more recent comparisons, Girls Names now occupy a similar space to The Horrors.

It would be disingenuous to describe this as an easy-going listen. Cathal Cully’s voice floats in the background; it doesn’t stride forward to guide or reassure. The propulsive rhythms are solemn.

But Girls Names aren’t all doom and gloom, and they inject touches of levity into proceedings – the shimmering intro, Portrait; the lead guitar solos on Pittura Infamante and Hypnotic Regression; the swirling, sparkling wooziness of Occultation; the mystical Eastern riff on The Olympia.

So what we end up with is a complex, restless beast of an album that shuffles and grooves to a 1980s beat but also offers glimmers of hope in the present day.

Any idiot can crib from the past, stealing ideas from their heroes in an attempt to sound retro and cool. But Girls Names borrow affectionately and carefully, pouring a pile of their own ideas into the pot.

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. A new life, yes – and a bright future too.

--Mike Haydock

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sven skottke on 29 Jun. 2013
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I bought this on a random whim, and what a lucky day that was.
This band blends 80s horror soundtracks with psychedelic rock. Most songs have a subtle sinister undertone, giving a feeling of it being too late to run. The pacing is awesome, the steady build ups paying off, imo.
This album really works when you're driving in the middle of the night on a dark, lonely road under a bright moon.
All in all, I really like this and am happy I got it. The red vinyl adds a bit of novelty, as well.
If you'd like trippy sort of rock, that takes you on a ride to a haunted ghost town from the 80s, pick this up.
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By sanskriteejit on 22 April 2013
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A decent album, but it lacks the energy and drama of earlier releases. Some decent longer jams, but certain parts do seem to be unnecessary and I feel the better tracks are towards the end of the album so it's kinda a trudge to get there.

If it was a new band I'd probably give them 4 stars, but I can't help but think they can do better.
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The first album was great, but this is something else. There's still some excellent guitar playing and the band still reference so much of the music I love (Smiths, Wedding Present and now the Cure), but there are now some longer songs, given them a bit more room to breathe, and I love it. It's my album of the year.
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Atmospheric & beautiful with mesmerising basslines and Cullys hypnotic vocal really stand out. A great follow up to “Dead to me” by the Belfast quartet
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A gripping dose of moody, post punk melancholia 9 Sept. 2013
By Lypo Suck - Published on
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After their debut, an album of trebly, twee, C86-ish guitar pop, Girls Names apparently went back to the drawing board and reinvented themselves as a gloomy post-punk inspired outfit, and the resultant sophomore full length is, to these ears, easily the best release of 2013 by anyone. The music is at once haunting, moody, driving, and dense, injected with a heavy dose of melancholy atmosphere. Clean, chiming, and sometimes jangly guitars stake out powerful, often shimmering melodies, colored by tastefully applied chorus, reverb, and dub-inspired delay effects. The propulsive rhythm section pushes things forward with simple but resonant and prominent bass lines and tom-heavy drumming. Synths are mainly there to add color and atmosphere, typically playing sustained notes or chords that provide a powerfully evocative backdrop, and sometimes melding together with the guitars to create a lush, psychedelic-tinged tapestry. The vocals are drenched in reverb, the singing is understated and coolly detached. Over the course of the album the arrangements and overall sound can start to seem a bit samey as there is not much variation from song to song, but the quality remains high throughout.

The most obvious stylistic reference point to my ears is Sad Lovers and Giants, but one can also detect a touch of Chameleons UK or And Also The Trees, maybe a dab of 17 Seconds-era Cure, a little Factory Records circa early 80s, a smattering of The Sound, and a bit of motorik Krautrock a la Neu! or Faust. But despite these comparisons, Girls Names still exude enough personality to sound like, well... themselves. The New Life is a highly focused and consistent album, and it represents a thoroughly gripping new direction for Girls Names. I'm insanely curious to see where they go next.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
haunted, echoing, motorik dark-pop dreams 27 Feb. 2014
By Charlie Quaker - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
2nd album from band out of Belfast, Ireland—haunted, echoing, motorik dark-pop dreams with a
fluid, rhythmic psychedelic flow. Tremeloed guitar notes speak in a warm alien language over
the soothing, synthesized atmospheric layers weaving their way through the ever-present and
ever-pleasant driving bass/drum beat—which draws from a mysterious well of Krautrock
influences. Continually evolving, with a non-stop lope-along pace, “The New Life” is a semi-
creepy, frothy burble-bubble cauldron of buoyant auditory movement with the subtle appeal of
hypnotic melody lines. There’s a lot going on here, and I hear bits of influence from a number of
very different artists, such as Weird Dreams, The Phoenix Foundation, Simple Minds, Weekend,
Television, Beach Fossils, Kraftwerk, New Order, The Warmbloods, Hospitality, Beach Fossils.
Once you open the door on this one, you’ll never want to leave the room. –Mesmerizing--
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
lullaby 9 Nov. 2013
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Oh, I just absolutely love this album. I don't think dreamrock is an accurate description...maybe they're a sub-category. Regardless, this is a really good album that I stumbled upon and it comes completely recommended. Check it out as well as their other releases.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Post Punk jewel 24 Jun. 2015
By Monica Coelho de Oliveira - Published on
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This album is awesome. All tracks are good. An atmospheric, surfing, dark, gothic sound journey.
Five Stars 18 Aug. 2015
By mckayla austrum - Published on
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