“Ricochet has ‘Massive Summer Party Jam’ written all over it in big day-glo letters” – ENT WEEKLY
S T R A N G E N A M E S
Taken from the new album ‘Use Your Time Wisely’
out May 18th on Frenchkiss Records
It’s only been a few months since Strange Names landed in New York City, but the time
for this daring pop trio has most definitely come. On May 19, 2015, this triumvirate of
twenty-somethings—Fletcher Aleckson, Francis Ximenez and Liam Benzvi—is releasing
‘Use Your Time Wisely,’ a firecracker debut LP jammed with energetic, angular, romantic
songs that sound at once ageless and completely contemporary.
The album’s first single, “Ricochet,” is a prime example. “There are some songs on the record with profound lyrics that come from a place of great pain,” explains Ximenez, “but this song’s lyrics are just about trying to get with someone at a party.” There’s more to it than just getting laid, however: The song addresses the push-and-pull of ideas and of people; it addresses the contradictions of love and lust—and you can dance to it.”
The band recorded ‘Use Your Time Wisely’ at The End in Brooklyn, New York, with producer Andrew Maury, and found the sort of sound they think best fits their music. Since they first posted demo tracks online, buzz around Strange Names has been growing steadily. What those early adopters heard was the beginning of something exciting, energetic and undeniably enjoyable. Now, with the release of Use Your Time Wisely, Strange Names has made an album that not only holds on to the dynamism that’s been apparent since those early tracks but also displays their progress and undeniable forward momentum.