Brooklyn via Minneapolis pop trio Strange Names are steadily ramping up to the release of Use Your Time Wisely. Lead single, “Ricochet” has already received the video treatment and a remix from Yeasayer, and today the group shares “Neighborhood,” which overflows with ’80s dance and New Wave vibes. Layers of synths, spanning the spectrum from heavy and low-frequency to airy and jaunty, are punctuated with slap-happy drums and unexpectedly piercing lyrics. The track embodies youthful angst through a retro filter. Check it out.
Strange Names have some live dates this month, mostly with Azealia Banks:
05/11 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza *
05/15 Chicago, IL @ Concord *
05/18 Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club *
05/21 Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right (FREE Record Release Show!)
* w/ Azealia Banks
Use Your Time Wisely is out 5/19 on Frenchkiss. Pre-order on Amazon, and get another look at the band below: