2005_03_artsthetalk.jpgThe Talk, part of North Carolina label MoRisen Records, deliver a contagious sound set to the beat of ritalin rhythms. Pop punk and taking from each decade something to integrate into their original urgent-rock songs. Church bells echo in the background of of their track Good Songs[mp3] and it's details like this that create a layered 60's pop-cum-punk sound. To top it off the lyrics are good too, a shock and relief after hearing some bands takes on songwriting these days (we won't name names). The Talk are Justin Williams (guitar, vocals), Scott Werner (guitar), Jeremy Holcomb (drums), CR Rollyson (bass). And Gothamist recommends you check them out.

Let's get this out of the way, where did your band name originate?
When we were starting the band it was in the middle of a break-up of our other band that Scott and I were in and it was like we were having "the talk" with a girlfriend or something.It just felt right.

What is your favorite/least favorite memory involving New York?
New York is always fun. Even the bad is good.

What is your favorite/least favorite thing about playing shows in New York?
Playing in the city is great it's just that not a lot of people know who we are so that's hard.

Is there a difference in the New York music scene from your own local scene?
Have you ever tasted sweet honey and then got a big wiff of dog shit. That's about it I guess.

Now its time for some fill-in-the-blank action:

You know you've made it when:
Rent is always paid just kidding but it would be nice.

It'll be time to pack up the gear for good when:
Im dead

I'll never forget the first time:
Ever I saw your face

I'll never forget the first time [insert another band members name here]:
Scott died.

And finally, let's have some fun with word association. Give me your immediate feelings on the following (if you've got no discernable feelings, make something up that won't embarrass you in the morning):

won the war

won my heart


Bridge & Tunnel

The Darkness
the bass player hates Squeeze and thats just wrong

Times Square
whats that?

Bloomberg/Smoking Ban/Noise Laws

Questions inspired by movies...

If you will, a brief justification of the ontological necessity of modern man's existential dilemma (in less than 10 words). (Reality Bites)
Is that that movie about that stupid record store oh no now i know, Ryder right, well to answer the question - shop 'till ya drop.

What came first, the music or the misery? (High Fidelity)

A few quickies on the music tip:

Who would be in your ultimate music supergroup, your all-star Olympic team of rock?
You mean The Pixies?

If you released a 7 what would you put on the cover?
A painting a friends done or something

What was the first/last album you bought on the day it was released?
Frank Black / Frank Black is all I remember. Im always late on stuff like that.

And finally...If Josh Schwartz, creator of the OC, asked your band to perform on his tv show (as Modest Mouse, the Killers and the Walkmen recently have) would you?
Free trip to LA, a few more records sold...I would have to say yes.How about you?

The Talk will be playing SXSW tomorrow, March 16th, at Sake on Sixth 8:00 PM Sharp
Their albums are available for purchase here.