Strange Names are a Brooklyn-based indie pop trio with a rhythmic, synth-heavy, new wave-inspired sound.
Formed in Minneapolis by keyboardist Liam Benzvi and guitarist Francis Ximenez, they released their self-titled debut EP in 2012 via Los Angeles-based indie White Iris Records
. Both Benzvi and Ximenez were still finishing up degrees at the University of Minnesota and continued to build their regional audience in the Twin Cities playing bills with the Walkmen
, Mac DeMarco
, and other notable indie acts. With the addition of now-full time drummer Fletcher Aleckson, they released the single "Minor Times"/"Once an Ocean," again on White Iris
and, finished with their schooling, relocated to New York in 2014. During their time in Minneapolis they had completed work on their first LP, but unhappy with the recordings, they opted to start over again at a different studio in Brooklyn. Having achieved what they considered to be a more concise and honed version of the album, they signed with Frenchkiss Records
and delivered their debut full-length Use Your Time Wisely in early 2015. ~ Timothy Monger, Rovi