Let’s be truthful: Girls Names didn’t just “find” and/or discover that one of their songs were remixed. They were aware about it, and it was created. In this case, David Holmes is the man responsible for a new remix of a song from The Next Life EP. In this case, it’s the song “The New Life”, which is the title track for their current album but this new EP is, well, brand new. For my fellow junkies, the white vinyl pressing of The Next Life can be purchased here, while the clear/translucent pressing can be bought there.
Girls Names are a trio who have released a lot of music in the last year, if their Bandcamp is any indication, but they came to my attention with the release of their EP Year One (Grindcore Karaoke). It’s a release where they cover songs that may or may not like, but artists they also may or may not like. This includes covers of songs by Chris DeBurgh, Kimya Dawson, 98 Degrees, Bad Religion, Crass, and Bad Religion, among a few. Their version of Daft Punk’s “Digital Love” is sure to pump a few fists, either in the air or through the speakers, as this band get extremely heavy and grunt their way to ultimate cover version brutality. Everyone in the group shares vocal duties, sometimes solo, sometimes in different configurations and sometimes it’s hard to tell if a voice os digitally sped up, if it’s run through distortion or if it’s heard in its natural state. It’s a wild ride from song 1 to song 9, and while it may be too short for some, I’m certain Girls Names already have twelve EP’s ready to to be released.
“Hypnotic Regression” sounds like a throwback to the early 80’s pop/new wave movement, but Girls Names (who are 3/4 men, 1/4 woman) are just simply making the music they know and love, with a pension for hooks and lyrics that will make you think (or at least tap your feet and hands while its messages will sink into your consciousness, becoming future earworms.) The song is from their Slumberland album, The Good Life. Head to their official Tumblr page for a look at forthcoming tour dates and other Girls Names’-related goods.
Girls Names are from Belfast, and they will be releasing their next album called The New Life on February 18th via Tough Love (UK) and February 26th on Slumberland (US). Their debut album Dead To Me received positive reviews, including from Pitchfork and now they’re ready to show and prove that they still have what it takes to keep people’s attention.
“Hypnotic Regression” may be what it takes to keep that attention going for a long time, as you will hear. If you’ve heard their first album, this new track shows what else they’re capable of doing, when doing it is a must.