Girls Names from Belfast are a band that slipped under my radar, mind you with the amount of music on offer at the moment that isn’t hard. I’m glad I’ve now discovered them as their debut album, Dead To Me, is a joy.
It’s easy to see where their influences lie, but how many bands are truly original these days? Answers on a postcard please but my answer would be not a lot. Crucially their influences are impeccable. C86 bands such as The Fieldmice and ‘Sound Of Young Scotland’ bands Josef K and Orange Juice. They craft these influences into slices of bright, tuneful noisy indie-pop and importantly the songs are great! Here’s their track Lawrence.
Another reason to go to this gig is the support. London’s Splashh were one of those bands on my Great Escape list who I didn’t get round to seeing but it seems that there is a buzz around them and I’m not surprised. Breezy lo-fi indie-pop, they have a way with tunes. Listen to their track, Lemonade if you want a taste.
Brighton’s Heliopause are a more mellow affair with their lovely folky dream-pop. I’m impressed!
All in all three good new bands for a fiver, and in the Green Door Store. What more could one want on a Thursday night?