In the dark: Barren Girls have signed to Merge

Raleigh rock club regulars might already be acquainted with the garage-punk foursome Barren Girls, even if they don’t know it yet. And with a Merge Records stamp on the band’s debut 7-inch, Hell Hymns, due April 2, it’s likely a lot more people will meet the Barren Girls soon.

The band formerly known as Lazy Janes impressed Merge Records co-owner Mac McCaughan so much at last year’s Hopscotch Music Festival that he decided to release the band’s debut. Judging by the recorded result, it’s not hard to imagine why: The EP delivers four raw, driving songs that match the melody of early Misfits hits with the forcefulness of The Murder City Devils.

The roster of singer/guitarist Carla Wolff, bassist Fran Araya, drummer Ashley Van Eijk and keyboardist Jenny Williams hasn’t let its recent geographic division (Wolff and Araya live in Richmond, Va., while Van Eijk and Williams remain in Raleigh) spoil the band’s momentum.

We caught up with Wolff to talk about the Barren Girls’ future plans, including a headlining gig at Kings on Feb. 9.