The Talks will be supporting Thomas Tantrum tonight at Proud Galleries, London.
Picture This marks the debut single from The Talks and is a cocky, swaggering and downright bolshy anthem in the making.
Recorded at the famous Chapel Studios (Arctic Monkeys) and mixed by engineer Ewan Davies (Editors/ Arctic Monkeys) the track emerges from a relatively young band (still just 2 year into their career) that has already accomplished so much – in spite of various trips to A&E, endless touring, fighting with the locals, alcohol diets and sambucca drenched after-shows that never really stop.
Since their conception in 2006, the band has gained acclaim from the most highly regarded of musicians and industry bods. Fans of the band include Robert Plant and The Clash’s very own Mick Jones. In turn, Creation Records/ Poptones founder Alan McGee was left in awe of the band, who have now graced his infamous West London club night ‘Death Disco’ on many occasions. After much radio support from Steve Lemacq and Phil Jupitus, who after checking the band out live quipped ‘the flame of good music still burns bright’, 2007 saw The Talks support everyone from The Macabees to Reverend & The Makers. A slot at Glastonbury Festival’s Lost Vagueness/ Strummerville stage alongside the likes of Jamie T and Dirty Pretty Things was then booked and after their performance, lead singer and guitarist Pat Pretorius was invited on stage by Keith Allen to perform with him.
Pretorius isn’t the only member of the band to have shared stages with the greats though. Both Jody Moore (guitar, vocals, keys) and Pat have played for ska legends Bad Manners, appeared on stage with Terry Hall and Roddy Radiation (The Specials) and they were recently joined on stage by Neville Staple for a specially recorded version of The Specials’ classic ‘Monkey Man’ for the BBC Blast show. The year culminated in The Talks being main support on the Topman Stage at 2007’s Leeds Carling Festival, a performance that was also broadcast live across BBC radio. Naturally the record labels came knocking but after much deliberation The Talks embraced the idea of independently releasing themselves on All Our Own Records.
With Picture This and a UK tour support slot for The Beat and Neville Staple, there’s no messing around here. What The Talks deliver is emotive, reggae flecked rock n roll to bridge a generation gap so often felt in modern music. Numbering just 4 members, The Talks are fast becoming an army.