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Stains on Silence

Girls Names

Stains on Silence

Belfast quartet's fourth album of indie surf rock

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  1. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    If Girls Names relied more on their melodic instincts, Stains on Silence would be their best record yet
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  2. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    This one takes a few listens, but in aiming for less, Girls Names have easily achieved as much as they have in previous albums, if not more
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  3. 7.2 |   Earbuddy

    At eight songs, it’s easy to go through Stains on Silence multiple times. Each time you come back with a different stain left by one of the songs. But don’t try to wash it off; it’s permanent
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  4. 7.0 |   All Music

    It's tough for a band to reshape themselves drastically without losing the best parts of what came before, but Girls Names do a very good job of keeping the drama, intensity, and twisted emotion in place while taking the music into darker, odder realms
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  5. 6.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Singer Cathal Cully’s voice is the perfect epitome of the genre’s requirements, as are the piercing synths, the vintage drum machines and the occasional metallic/industrial sounds that act as a constant wink to the ’80s and eventually threaten to overshadow the band’s own progression
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  6. 4.0 |   DIY

    There’s too little that hits home, and too much that feels like Girls Names being experimental for experimental’s sake
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