The Names
The Names

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Post-punk cult band The Names started in the winter of 1977-1978 as The Passengers, gathering immediate attention on the Brussels scene and from the local press. In 1979, after a series of successful gigs and a crucial step by playing as opening act for Magazine, they recorded a first E.P. (« Spectators Of Life ») that attracted the interest of Manchester's prominent label Factory Records.

Their first mancunian studio sessions (at Stockport's Strawberry Studio) was the single "Nightshift" / "I Wish I Could Speak Your Language (fac 29). Getting enthusiastic reviews in the UK and abroad, it marked the start of a long and fruitful collaboration with producer Martin Hannett. The album "Swimming" and more singles (the hit "Calcutta" and "The Astronaut") followed.

With these recordings and high impact stage performances, The Names (Michel Sordinia on vocals and bass, Marc Deprez on guitar, Christophe Den Tandt on keyboards and Luc Capelle on drums) achieved the status of cult band of the post punk scene. LTM Recordings re-releasing their Factory, Factory Benelux and Disques du Crépuscule’s sessions on different albums ("Swimming + singles", "Spectators Of Life", among others).

After reuniting for the hugely successful Factory Night in December of 2007, the Brussels based band has since then released a live-music DVD ("Nightshift", on LTM) a CD album entitled "Monsters Next Door" (on Str8line Records), the double vinyl album "Stranger Than You" (Factory Benelux, also on CD) and a live album recorded on tour in Germany, "German Nights" (Factory Benelux).

The Names have been featured on many compilations, including "Zero", the best of Martin Hannett album, and Warner's Factory Records box set "Communications 1978-1992". After re-releasing a double vinyl album of "Swimming" with their until then unreleased John Peel Sessions from the early 1980's, Factory Benelux have also released a collection of rare Names recordings ("In Time").

The Names' stage act offering spectacularly powerful and emotion-driven versions of their Factory-era songs, laced with a few tracks from their most recent With a few surprises added to the set list...

The Names' line-up features original members of the band Michel Sordinia (vocals) and Marc Deprez (guitars), with Laurent Loddewyckx on drums, Vincent Lesceux on bass and Julien Van Aerschot on keyboards.

Along the years, the band also featured Michel Zilbersztajn and Roberto Suarez on drums, Christophe Boulenger on keyboards and Eric De Bruyne on bass.

A new tour will take The Names back to Italy in March 2019. Later in the year, new recording sessions are planned, as well as festival appearances in the Autumn.

The Names