strange names

Sometimes a chance meeting at a university can lead to something life-changing. You only have to ask New York born Liam Benzvi, who met Francis Jiminez of Minneapolis while they were both studying at the University of Minnesota. From sharing dorms they quickly progressed to sharing ideas for songs, and they have been playing shows together since mid-2012. THis coincided with them being named as the Twin Cities best new band, and since then they have had made waves at SXSW and have played shows with Yeasayer, Mac DeMarco and The Walkmen.

Now back in the studio recording their debut album, the boys eponymous five-track ep is out on September 17th through Minor Times Records. Although they’ve released records before, notably a 7inch through White Iris Records, purveyors of quality which has in the past included the wonderful Best Coast, as well as Fool’s Gold and FIDLAR, this will be their first record available over here in Europe and the UK.

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From it comes the track Potential Wife, a slab of Talking Heads enfused electro-pop. It has a swagger about it that immediately says, we mean (funky) business, the bassline pure 80’s funk, and the duo combining harmonised vocals with old school style drum machine patterns over which layers of keyboard and this sort of scratchy guitar build it up further than shoulder pads ever could. Watch out for Strange Names. They could be big….