South East London’s Talk Show are the subject of excitable industry whispers right now, with their first release set to arrive in spring via Yala! Records.
There are only a handful of rough demos from the hotly-hyped quartet online, but their romantic post-punk and its visceral barrage of knife-edge guitars has already seen them likened to Savages and Shame, with former-Maccabee Felix White also comparing them to Echo & The Bunnymen and Gang of Four.
With the newcomers set to support Ed The Dog for our first Hidden Herd Presents: SPTLGHT show at Green Door Store on Friday 8th February, we had a quick chat with frontman Harrison Swann to dig a little deeper.
How would you describe Talk Show to a stranger?
“Essentially, we’re a proper pick ‘n’ mix of styles and ideas and I suppose we end up sitting somewhere between 80s new wave/goth and 70s post-punk.”
Who are the biggest influences on your sound and why?
“Between the four of us we’ve all got our own quirks and we each have our own personal influences. For me (Harrison Swann, vocals/guitar) personally, I grew up surrounded by the works of John Cooper Clarke and New Order so that naturally seeped into the way I look at the world. As a collective, we seemed to instantly bond over bands such as Echo & The Bunnymen and The Stranglers. Bands like the above managed to create incredible music with very simplistic set-ups. We all feel more can be said in simplicity.”
What was the best gig you’ve played so far?
“There are loads of shows we’re incredibly proud of, but some stand out performances would be playing to a sold-out crowd at The 100 Club supporting Insecure Men and Hotel Lux and the Yala! Records night we played back in May supporting Mellah. We remember coming off stage after both those shows feeling both physically pumped and drained, and that’s always a good measure – when you can barely stand, but you can’t stop smiling.”
You’re based in South East London – what’s your local music scene like?
“New Cross is a strident and creative corner of a colossal city. It seems to attract artists of a similar ilk, who are all supportive and driven. Everyone helps and inspires each other to create something different. We feel lucky to be a part of that – it’s a truly exciting place to create.”
Who are the THREE other new artists we should listen to right now and why?
“In no particular order: Truman Dinosaur, Scrounge and A House In The Trees – you’d be a fool to miss out.”
And finally, what does 2019 hold for Talk Show?
“We’ve got loads of exciting shows lined up across the UK and our first single will be out in the coming months on Yala! Records. Looking forward to seeing what 2019 brings.”