A new club night in The Project Arts Centre kicks off on July 7th when Skinny Wolves & Conjuring for Beginners bring Girls Names, Patrick Kelleher & I Heart The Monster Hero to the Cube Bar.
Formed in January 2009, Girls Names quickly garnered recognition outside of the confines of their hometown of Belfast with the release of their eponymous debut EP in 2010 through New York’s Captured Tracks. A mini album through London imprint Tough Love soon followed, setting the foundations for their critically acclaimed debut LP Dead To Me, released in April last year again by Tough Love in Europe and cult West Coast label Slumberland Records in the US. After a successful tour of Europe in October last year supporting stand alone single Black Saturday, Girls Names began to hint at a possible directional shift away from their often misperceived surf and indie-pop roots. Indeed, the band have expanded to a four-piece and have spent the last six months in virtual seclusion honing and developing a more progressive and expansive sound, feeding on the darker sides of Echo and The Bunnymen, Spacemen 3, Krautrock, Psychedelia, post-punk and David Bowie’s Low.
Patrick Kelleher’s 2009 debut, You Look Cold, was critically acclaimed and earned him a slew of headline and support slots and festival appearances around Ireland. The remix album that followed included contributions from the likes of Jape, David Kitt and Legion Of Two. He has been playing live with the Cold Dead Hands for a few years now and their second album, Golden Syrup, was a runner up for the Choice Music awards. The new sound is more focused on electronics and rhythm, with plenty of nods to Robert Rental, John Maus, Brian Ferry, Future Islands and all manner of dark electro experimentalism.
I HEART THE MONSTER HERO
I Heart The Monster Hero is winsome musical collage, a mash-up of primitive sounds that toe the line between lo-fi and no-fi but together manage to engender an instinctively hooking, bubbly sunshine pop.
SAM KKLOVENHOOF (Led Er Est, NYC)
DJ Samuel Kklovenhoof of the NYC based electronic/post punk/industrial group Led Er Est (Sacred Bones Records) will be spinning the best of minimal synth, darkwave and italo disco.
“Go Bang, or Go Home”
Mark Keane and Eoin Wickham playing that song you like.