It's been a few years since we heard anything new from Ireland's Girls Names, which is normal for most but unusual for this prolific band. It turns out they've been struggling to get things right, and even almost forgot about music for a while: “There was a finished – and then aborted – mix of the album, which was shelved for six months,” reveals Girls Names frontman Cathal Cully. “We then took a break from all music and went back to full-time work. We chilled out from the stress of rushing the record and not being happy with it, as well as being skint with no impending touring on the cards and constantly having to worry about rent.”

However, they have found their way back to music and have put together a new album that they're happy with. It's called Stains on Silence and it comes out on June 15th. The first cut to be taken from it is '25', an atmospheric and all-consuming song reminiscent of Joy Division's 'The Eternal' in its gloomy stateliness. '25' is the kind of song that wraps around you, and makes you feel as if you're in a tunnel of its making, the light at the end of it eerily guiding you through it, pulling you onwards even if the feeling is one of foreboding. Check it out below.

Girls Names' Stains On Silence comes out on Tough Love on 15th June. They'll be playing these live dates:

June
15th - Blackbox, Belfast
19th - Moth Club, London
20th - Oporto, Leeds
21st - Old Hairdressers, Glasgow
22nd - Night People, Manchester
23rd - Whelans, Dublin