Establishing yourself as a rock band in New York City is not an easy task, but Strange Names, a trio who started as a band at the University of Minnesota, are well on their way to doing so. The group, which consists of Liam Benzvi, Francis Ximenez and Fletcher Aleckson have opened for acts such as Mac DeMarco and Azealia Banks, but are gearing up to release their new album, Data, which they wrote and produced themselves in Brooklyn.
"This record, which is called Data, is our way of kind of exploring humanity from an outside perspective," Aleckson told AXS. "The first record was kind of exploring ourselves and the subject matter of this one is we're actually stepping out of the city, out of the planet, we're imaging ourselves as some extra-terrestrial being, kind of observing everything that happens in this strange culture we live in, this strange society. "
Watch the full interview with Strange Names above, and be sure to get their new album, Data, out on Feb. 23.