by Bill Pearis

Girls Names

Girls Names forthcoming album, Arms Around a Vision, is easily the best thing they've ever done and, in my opinion, one of 2015's best LPs. They've come a long way from being the Irish analog to Crystal Stilts, and while they're still endebted to early '80s post-punk, they've really made it their own -- snarling, bleak and very compelling. The band also have a good sense of humor, too, as seen in the new video for "A Hunger Artist." Directed by Matthew Reed, it's a dead-on parody of '80s-era UK music shows with a hilariously awkward band interview followed then a mimed "live" performance in a white room. Stay till the very end for a tip of the hat to one of my favorite YouTube videos ever. Watch it below.

Girls Names Arms Around a Vision is out October 2 via Tough Love. No word on North American dates, but the band will be on a UK/European tour this fall and those dates are listed below.

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Girls Names - 2015 Tour Dates:
October 2nd - Belfast @ Empire Music Hall
October 15th - Liverpool @ Shipping Forecast
October 16th - Leeds @ Beacons Metro Festival in Association with DIY
October 17th - Leicester @ The Musician
October 18th - Bristol @ Start the Bus
October 19th - London @ 100 Club
October 21st - Brighton @ Hope & Ruin
October 23rd - Paris @ Chaufferie de la Moulin Rouge
October 24th - Beasain @ Jazpana Fest
October 25th - Valladolid @ Asklepios
October 27th - Lisbon @ Sabotage Club
October 28th - Madrid @ El Sol
October 29th - Barcelona @ Heliogàbal
November 3rd - Roma @ Le Mura
November 4th - Carpi @ Mattatoio Culture Club
November 5th - Genova @ Teatro Altrove
November 6th - Padova @ Club Mame