Psychedelic Belfast natives GIRLS NAMES have released their new single through Tough Love Records, ahead of their almost- finished follow-up to 2011’s Dead To Me L.P. The hazy optimism of The New Life’s chord progression – which reveals itself amidst the endlessly recurrent cycle of three-note guitar phrases - oddly recalls Blur, whilst the incessant, almost monotonous repetition shows their more krautrock-y side, embedding the riffs firmly in the mind of the listener.
Da THE NEW LIFE 12" (12/11/2012 Slumberland Records)
Popstrangers are Joel Flyger, Adam Page and David Larson, three native New Zealanders who make “pop” music that’s hard-driving, punk-influenced and sonically inimitable. After releasing several singles on fabled New Zealand label Flying Nun, the band arrives with their debut album Antipodes. Recorded in the basement of a 1930's dancehall, Popstrangers’ first full-length features dissonant, claustrophobic melodies, anchored by the languid affectations of Flyger’s vocals, that bring a vintage feel to their decidedly contemporary garage rock. Channeling early Radiohead and kiwi indie bands of yore like the Gordons, 3Ds and the Chills, Antipodes further develops the band’s nuanced, distorted “pop” created and cultivated from years spent honing their craft live. Da ANTIPODES (23/2/2013 Carpark Records)
In the place you said you'd meet me, I don't see you hanging around. I'm goin' home. If that's all you ever tell me, seems you don't wanna be found I'm goin' home. Don't come over, I can't get lower. No more meetin', I been beaten Got a blast of what I should be busy doing. Guess I'm low. I'm goin' home. I want to tell you that I miss you, but I'm pissed you blew me off I'm goin' home. No more meetin', I been beaten Go ahead fake it, I can't shake it I breathe on the notion... I breathe, nothin' I can do. Vibes are poundin', the tension's mountin', wrapped around me feelin' tight. I'm goin' home. If you're castin' out some psycho, need-me tantrum, I won't bite. I'm goin' home. On a day that's burnin' this craze, don't tempt me 'cause I might I'm goin' home. If it's gonna be the last time, well then maybe it's alright. I'm goin' home. It's inside, but go ahead fight it. I've about had it, go ahead grab it. I can't take it, go ahead fake it. I breathe on the notion... I need and you know it's true I breathe on an old dream... I need, but nothin' I can do. People tell me that you miss me and I guess I'm doin' fine Da WHERE YOU BEEN (1993 BlancoYNegro)
It's the loneliness that's the killer So you want to be freeTo live your life the way you wanna beWill you give if we cryWill we live or will we die? Tainted hearts heal with timeShoot that love, so we can stop the end Solitary brotherIs there still a part of you that wants to live?Solitary sisterIs there still a part of you that wants to give? If we try and live your livesThe way you wanna be, yeah Solitary brotherIs there still a part of you that wants to live?Solitary sisterIs there still a part of you that wants to give?Is there still a part of you that wants to give?Is there still a part of you that wants to give? Racism in among future kings can only lead to no goodBesides all our sons and daughters already knowHow that feels, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah