From Peterborough in England surface the logarithmic-gaze quartet The Talk.
On occasion articles needed to be prefaced with some clarifications – The Talk are but one letter away from The Talks, but would be harder to sound more different had they had a meeting to discuss differences though both from England. I am aware there are many regular readers who spot similarities of things and to clarify – yes – Seth Walton (Vocals / Guitar – ) and Ben Lomas (Guitar) from Alpina are here – rather this time to be joined by Harry Musson (Bass) and Teddy O’Bryan-Tear (Drums). As you know most bands ever featured are new to the scene and inevitably fall apart, though it is always a pleasure to continue the journey of the constituent musicians.
A footstool betwixt angular maths-rock and the gauzy glassiness of shoegaze The Talk is able to somehow recall Suicide Is Painless in their luxuriant expansiveness of the one and only track available to hear – There I’ll Go.
I make no promises that The Talk will exist in another six months and this may be their one and only demo, but like many of the shower-bursts of firework display that feature on the site before running out of gun-powder, I hope you take the time to listen to a track that adds value to the catalogue of the world of music.
The Talks – ska – from Hull in England is Patrick Pretorius (Vocals / Guitars / Sax), Jody Moore (Vocals / Guitars / Keys), Iain Allen (Bass) and Richard Lovelock (Drums).
The Talks are a pure delight, but reviewing ska comes at a price – time – inevitably I spend more time dancing than I do typing and when it is delivered as well as this quartet, the desire to get anywhere near a keyboard fades to a distant memory, but finally I have reached the keys. Whilst rooted in the sounds of the past the band is far more than a throwback as they have managed to add a warming glow to the sharp edged notes which gives it an even more inclusive feel.
It is the keys which have been given a new twist with a wurtlitzer effect and the saxophone is more muted whilst a rap derived vocal gives it a modernity. The Talks stay mainly with ska, but are not averse to dance-hall reggae diversions, which they deliver particularly well and it is of little surprise they are gaining an increasingly international appeal, with festival appearances across many European countries.
A new single Radio is scheduled for release on the 30th June with thoughts of an LP – Commoners, Piers, Drunks and Thieves for later in the year.