In April 2018, NAMES released their debut album, “Pink House,” recorded and mixed by Gianmaria Conti. It’s first single, “Nails,” described by Jim Thomson of Electric Cowbell Records as “totally evil and psych,” sets the framework for a dark psychedelic album that takes listeners on a journey reminiscent of the great rock albums of the 60s and 70s.
The album is appropriately introduced with sampling from Roger Waters, laying the foundation for a journey into psychedelia. Tracks like “Final Stand,” complete with wavering synthesizers, firmly deliver on the promise. But the album surprises with the addictive beat of “Creatures” and again with “Superstar,” a track showcasing the dreamier side of NAMES. Projection and Snowfields showcase the full spectrum of heady beat driven rock and roll, complete with multi-layered synthesizers, didgeridoos and heavy electronics. “Climax” is showcased as the third song on the album, simultaneously delivering upbeat lyrical rock with deep spacey, synth layered, dueling guitar solo madness.
Andrew Labens (drums/synth), Josh Miller (vocals/guitar/didgeridoo), Steve Gaudio (bass), and Mitch Bennett (guitar, synth).