It didn’t take Strange Names long to start making waves in New York city after decamping from their origins in Mineappolis. Quickly catching the…Read More
Strange Names kicks out straightforward pop songs with meticulous care and intricacy. Liam Benzvi, raised in Brooklyn, NY, came to Minnesota for college where he met Minnesota-bred Francis Jimenez in the freshmen dorms. They began exchanging ideas for songs in late 2010, and quickly established an appreciation for each other’s writing. With two EPs and a single 7” with White Iris Records (Best Coast, Electric Guest, FIDLAR), the duo has performed alongside Janelle Monae, Yeasayer, Mac DeMarco, The Walkmen, and Matt & Kim among others.
Strange Names Share Their favourite Albums with Northern Transmissions. Some of their picks include titles by The Gap Band, Nick Lowe, and The B52s….Read More
Strange Names isn’t a description of an obscure festival lineup, but three musicians who met up in Minneapolis, and “bonded on similar aesthetics.” This…Read More
Today, Strange Names has premiered the newest single, “Neighborhood”, from their forthcoming LP Use Your Time Wisely. The band came together while Ximenez and…Read More
On May 19, 2015, Fletcher Aleckson, Francis Ximenez and Liam Benzvi—is AKA: Strange Names are releasing their debut Use Your Time Wisely. The band…Read More
Minneapolis duo Strange Names combine an unabashed live energy with the rhythmic and melodic romance of late 70s & early 80s new wave, (think Kid Creole meets Echo & The Bunnymen meets The B-52s), Strange Names kicks out,Read More