As the title of this post might suggest, I’m quite the fan of Belfast/Dublin band Girls Names. They ply a relatively well-worn route, that early 1980s doom-laden pop path. But they leave a trail behind that proves so infectious that you want to walk up and down the path again and again. Though it took me a while to ‘get’ their second album The New Life, when it clicked, it clicked hard. It’s a stunning album, one that probably ranks as my favourite of last year – it’s one that just gives and gives, really rewarding you sitting down and trying to understand its nooks, crannies and secrets. BUT THEY NEVER CAME TO CORK AND I NEVER GOT TO SEE THEM LIVE! Thankfully, the Pavilion has stepped into the breach and on Saturday, April 5, are bringing Girls Names down to Cork. Finally! Tickets are €8 presale or €10 on the door and it’s gonna be such a good gig. You can buy tickets online here. I’ll be the one with the massive grin on his face from 9pm until 2am. Support comes from local band Elastic Sleep, who have just unveiled their new song, ‘Leave You’. Girls Names are also playing Cobbestone Joes in Limerick, with support from Ginnels, on Thursday, April 3, and Whelan’s in Dublin on Friday, April 4, before heading to Cork. I am excited.