The last three years have seen The Talks working relentlessly to bring us a smorgasbord of bouncy, big hitting singles with 'Can Stand The Rain' featuring Neville Staple and 'Friday Night' creating a huge buzz online, replicated by the response of the crowd when the band have performed live. With main stage performances at globally renowned festivals such as ‘This Is Ska’ (DE), ‘Mighty Sounds’ (CZ) and the UK’s ‘Rebellion’, tweets of appraisal and support from new wave big hitters ‘Less Than Jake’, glowing reviews and cover features from Big Cheese and Vive Le Rock Magazines - not to mention appearing in programmes on various UK TV networks - the bands reputation has surged from strength to strength.
2014’s recent singles 'Don't Look Behind You' and 'Radio' have paved the way for The Talks' long highly anticipated new album 'Commoners, Peers, Drunks and Thieves', and these cheeky Yorkshire chaps are gaining widespread attention on an international level. The album offers an insight into the versatility of the band’s sound. ‘Light Up’ is an up tempo and anti-love song whereas ‘Ceasefire’ featuring Itch from The King Blues is a hard-edged call to arms, a fast paced and dazzling assault on the senses.
Following another busy summer of festivals across Europe, the band will be taking their new album on the road with an extensive European tour planned for October and November.
Of the album, lead singer Pat Pretorius says "It’s really personal. Our last album 'Live Now, Pay Later’ felt more like a catalogue of songs, but this time it feels like a real album, a journey. We agonised over this, and we'd like to think it'll bring our audience closer to us, help get the idea and vibe across more clearly."
"It’s visceral stuff and The Talks deliver it with verve and punch" - Louder Than War
“There's a revival going on. The forgotten sound of early '80s ska is making a return in a form more suited to the modern age. 2-Tone has collided head-on with the US ska-punk scene and out of it has emerged a new sound, so new that it hasn't yet been named.” - Team Rock
"It's rare to be so impressed by every song in a set and to go away thinking; next gig near me, I am there!” - Punk Archives
"Oozing that classic Ska sound... Bouncing beats, blasts of brass refrains and catchy choruses.... Truly uplifting" - Gig Slutz
"Dapper British style that harks back to 2-Tone and always retains a
danceable pulse that keeps the skinhead spirit of 69 alive" - Songeist
"Full of energy and jubilant vibes. Quit reading and let the music do the talking" - Love is Pop
Nov 1 Dynamite Ska Festival, Leipzig, Germany
Nov 2 Podium, Terneuzen, Netherlands
Nov 7 Welly Club Hull, United Kingdom
Nov 8 The Underworld London, United Kingdon
Nov 10 The Mucky Club Sheffield, United Kingdom
Nov 14 The Roxbury Blyth, United Kingdom
Nov 15 Specialized (Big One), Poole, United Kingdom
Nov 16 Pie Race Festival Leeds, United Kingdom
Nov 21 Madness’s Weekender, Minehead, United Kingdom
Nov 23 Hairy Dog Derby, United Kingdom
Nov 27 The Boars Head, Kidderminster, United Kingdom
Nov 28 The Owl Sanctuary, Norwich, United Kingdom