Minneapolis duo Strange Names are on track to becoming the young harbingers of American next-wave funk. Combining 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 straightforward pop songs with meticulous care and intricacy. With two EPs already out, and a single 7″ with White Iris Records (Best Coast, Electric Guest, FIDLAR), Strange Names is set to release their anticipated debut full-length record, Common Attraction, in the Spring of 2014. The duo has an impressive live track record, having already performed alongside Janelle Monae, Yeasayer, Mac DeMarco, The Walkmen, and Matt & Kim among others. “Ricochet” is the first single off their upcoming release.