Tear Talk

SOMBRE chimes of a city in darkness is the epitome of local quintet Tear Talk. With a ridiculously numbing sound so gracious and full of body its extremely hard not to become swallowed into a whole new world.

Tenaciously fearless these Liverpool lads have been driving this experimental tone into the throats of all who dare listen.

Released over a year ago, their debut single - 'B R E A T H E' was the first explosive indication as to what was to come from the TT mind palace.

Running for just under five minutes, the slowing flow of guitar kicks off an animate introduction, sparking a set of anaesthetising vocals fraying at the seams. It is this very vocality that mixes a phantasm of blunt ideology and fanatic rattle, sending riveting tremors towards the audience to then lap up extensively. A leisurely descend become uplifted by a gradual shift in tempo by the beat, adding more dimension to the lackadaisical tuning. Submerging us underground to lie with this incandescent sound.

Now this single was released over a year ago so what's happened to Tear Talk? Well, never fear, next month see's the overdue release of their brand new 10" vinyl, 'Ruins'. If this isn't enough, you can catch the lads at East Village Arts Club on Saturday 20th July supporting The Twilight Sad and if you are still not satisfied, here's an interview The Music Manual grabbed with this mesmerising quintet...

How did the Tear Talk journey begin?

It began when we were still in school; we all have similar taste when it comes to music, so when someone discovered something that they thought the others would be into, they tended to pass it on. At that time, we were listening to a lot of American lo-fi, stuff like Beat Happening and Black Tambourine, and I think we all began to feel that if these bands with little or no ability could make music then why couldn’t we?

A year later, we were in Berlin and began to discuss it in more detail and it was there that we decided that we would start a band. We managed to get hold of a drum kit that someone was throwing away and bought some cheap instruments and then began making music together.

To this day we still haven’t bought better instruments.

Word on the street is you have a record coming out next month, what's that all about?

The record’s a 10” vinyl called ‘Ruins’ it consists of four songs, all of which deal with loss in its various guises.

It was recorded in Parr Street studio’s in Liverpool and was produced by Joe and Danny from By the Sea, which was a big change for us as it’s the first time we’ve really let someone in on any of our songs. It was really insightful to see how someone else works and to see someone else’s vision for the songs. We’re all quite like minded so it was an easy process and we had a lot of fun making it. Plus, Joe and Danny make a lovely couple so it’s great to be around them.

All being well, the record should be out by the end of summer.

Do you have any pre-gig rituals?

I can’t speak on behalf of the rest of the band, but I’m not particularly superstitious so I can’t say I have any rituals as such, but I do make a conscious effort to remind everyone not to wear anything too flamboyant before every show. Our bass player’s a big Manic Street Preacher’s fan and as such his penchant for feather boa's knows no bounds. I see it as my personal responsibility to rein it in.

If you could choose any vinyl to listen to constantly, what would you all choose?

I’m not sure if there’s any record that my extremely short attention span would permit me to listen to constantly. There are a couple of records that I tend to return to after a prolonged period of abstinence, that I binge listen to. These are mainly ‘The Idiot’ by Iggy Pop, ‘Heaven up Here’ by Echo and the Bunnymen and ‘Marry Me Tonight’ by HTRK. I don’t feel like I could ever listen to any of these records constantly though.

Where are your favourite haunts around town?

I think Liverpool’s currently the most vibrant it’s been in years, and I think that’s reflected in how much is going on in the city at the minute and the number of great places there are to visit, drink and discover new music and art. I visited the Bakery Warehouse fairly recently and it was a much cooler atmosphere than what I’ve become accustomed to in Liverpool in recent years. We also played a show earlier in the year with Veyu in their art gallery called the Fallout Factory which was a really cool space and one that I hope to visit more in the future.

Are there any other local bands you've got your eyes on at the moment?

The city’s music scene is thriving at the minute and there are great new bands emerging all of the time. Just last week, I went to watch Sea witches play live and was blown away by them. I’m also looking forward to hearing more new music from Minnetonka.

When will we get to see the video for track 'Realise'?

We’re due to finish filming in the next few days, so we’re hoping it will be premiered in the coming weeks.

Has there ever been a moment where you've felt music isn't worth your time?

The industry side of music can be quite frustrating, particularly now as we’ve been waiting so long to release our new record but I think it can be very easy to lose sight of why people make music in the first place.

For me, making music’s a cathartic process, and Tear Talk’s an outlet for a lot of the things I would otherwise avoid talking about. The biggest plus of being in Tear Talk is that I get to make music with my closest friends, which is something that will always be worth my time.

Are there any Tear Talk exclusives we can find out about?

We will be releasing our record through a label that we’ve spent the last six months setting up with By the Sea, who will also be releasing their second LP on it. The label’s called War Room records and features two other artists, one of which, Two Sunsets, we will be collaborating with after the release of our next record. We’re not allowed to disclose the fourth War Room artist as yet, but it’s one of the most exciting new artists in the city at the minute who you will be hearing a lot more about in the coming months.


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