Belfast’s Girls Names have confirmed details of their new album and shared the opening track, along with accompanying live dates. Stains on Silence’ the band’s fourth LP, will be released on 15th June on Tough Love Records and to accompany the news the band have shared the track ‘25’.

Following 2015’s blitzing Arms Around a Vision, and the parting of drummer Gib Cassidy just over a year later, the Belfast band suddenly found themselves facing down a looming void. “There was a finished – and then aborted – mix of the album, which was shelved for six months,” reveals Girls Names frontman Cathal Cully. “We then took a break from all music and went back to full-time work. We chilled out from the stress of rushing the record and not being happy with it, as well as being skint with no impending touring on the cards and constantly having to worry about rent.”

The stumbling blocks that proved a strain became the album’s defining breakthrough. Recorded in various locations including Start Together Studio, Belfast with Ben McAuley, Cully’s home and the band’s practice space, spontaneous creation, cut-up techniques and self-editing took centre-stage for the first time. We started tearing the material apart and rebuilding, re-editing and re-recording different parts in my home in early Autumn last year,” says Cully. “When we got them to a place we were pleased with we went back into Start Together Studio with Ben McAuley to finalise the mixes to what they are now.”

Catch them live on:

15th June – Blackbox, Belfast
19th June – Moth Club, London
20th June – Oporto, Leeds
21st June – Old Hairdressers, Glasgow
22nd June – Night People, Manchester
23rd June – Whelans, Dublin
9-12th August – Ypsigrock, Sicily