One day, we are eventually going to run out of band names. At the rate we’re going, it’s pretty much a statistical fact. Every band, good or bad, seems to have several side projects that are usually of quite a similar quality. Girls Names are one of those bands, and their white label release on Tough Love earlier in the year was 16 minutes of dark-surf joy, like turning up to the beach in a leather jacket. Of course, with a band that good, there had to be some kind of splinter group to level out all the , and Sea Pinks is exactly that.
The solo work of Neil from the band, it takes everything that Girls Names do and simplifies it before speeding it up. The fact that the project is named after a type of flower shouldn’t put you off, nor should the fact that the only current song available has the title of that habitual garden botherer Japanese Knotweed. Eschewing MySpace, a start on tumblr has already been dropped in favour of a muxtape and bandcamp double team, which is about as forward thinking as you can get without descending into Islet-style isolation. The track is available to download for nothing and it’s unreservedly excellent, an unfettered ode to overgrown greenery done to the backing of a really good garage pop song. It’s fuzzy, but you suspect that’s more out of necessity than a style choice, which exactly as it should be. Expect the cassette album to soundtrack any potential Indian summer when it’s released in September.