Bands to keep a watch out for in the future: #14: Talk in Code

By on Monday, 20th August 2007 at 8:30 pm

Few bands sound as polished on their debut demos as Talk in Code. Sounding like an amped up Keane after a night on the lash with the Chili Peppers (could Tom Chaplin manage that without a rehab trip? We’ll leave that to your imagination…), their demo CD may be only three tracks long, but they manage to fit in all of their strengths (and a few weaknesses as well for good measure).

Talk in CodeOpener “Dry Emotion” starts off fast paced, and keeps it going throughout, though the last minute could probably have been done away with, as they loop around again… but that could just be me…

First Mistake” would have passed for an early U2 demo… professional and polished, stadium bound, yet missing that magical something you can’t quite put your finger on. Lyrically they’re one step up from emo teenagers in their room, but still one step down from the abstract story-telling of U2… lyrics such as “Don’t say it all again / I came back from way back when / I’ve made the first mistake” display real yearning, yet still seem relatively weak.

Closer “Suddenly Overcome” slows things down for a phones-in-the-air moment that would make some more experienced bands beg for. A consistent collection, the songs are all excellent, however lack one song that make you think “yes, that’s a single” (like Scouting For Girls recently did with “It’s Not About You”, blowing all their other tracks out of the water). They sound like an earlier U2 mixed with Doves and Morning Runner, so be sure to check them out if you like your music with feeling, yet epic and stadium fillingly-good.

Perhaps one of the biggest downsides to this polished debut is that it’s a bit too polished – from their myspace band description that mentions early “brainstorming sessions” (how corporate) to the tracks, you can’t help but feel that they already have some industry clout behind them that we haven’t been told about.

Check them out and put them in your favourites to go and see this autumn, or come back next year when they’ve developed a bit more.

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