I caught up with Leeds sextet, Talkboy who played their huge hometown gig at Leeds Brudenell Club last night, the band have recently unveiled their new single ‘Why Don’t You Love Me Lana Del Rey’ a woozy, rose tinted ode to unrequited feelings and what could have been.
Known for their playful, slightly off-kilter, big and bright sound, Talkboy draw inspiration from a Pandora’s box of bands – Fleetwood Mac, The Beatles, through to modern contemporaries such as Alvvays, The Big Moon and Phoenix. Their sound, though bred in the Yorkshire dales of Northern England, has been nurtured to take on a much bigger and ambitious reach. Singles from their first EP Over and Under landed placements in Spotify’s New Music Friday UK, The Indie List, and Hot new Bands, alongside further support from BBC 6 Music and BBC Radio 1.
I caught up with Katie to learn more about the band…
Hey, introduce yourselves! Tell our readers a little about you, how you together and into playing music?
So, Talkboy is made up of 6 pals who met at Uni in Leeds, Katie is on vox, Ryan & Tim on vox and guitars, Charlotte on vox and keys, Sarge on bass and Jake on drums. So as you can see, lots of vocals, gives us that barber shop quarter feel. Even though we’re definitely not a barber shop quartet. We play what you’d probably class as indie rock, but it’s a pretty eclectic mix of genres really. 6 people = a hell of a lot of influences. Myself (Katie) and Tim started playing together in first year, which was about 8 years ago, and then we met the rest of these reprobates and decided to make some sweet sweet music.
Is it easy been a in a band with 6 members, must be so many different ideas floating around?
It has its pros and cons, it’s great because it makes our ‘sound’ in the way we all come from various musical backgrounds, but trying to work off 6 peoples’ schedules can be a logistical nightmare. There’s obviously clashes in ideas as there are in most bands, but we’d much rather everyone care as much as they do than the opposite. Jake’s the rowdiest, but he is the drummer, so y’know, comes with the trade.
You have a big and bright sound! How would you describe your music?
Imagine if The Eagles had a baby with Fleetwood Mac, and then Blondie had a baby with David Bowie, and then those two babies came together to make some bopping indie rock, that’d be us.
Who influences you?
Well seen as I (Katie) am writing this, it’s obviously gotta be THE BEATLES. Especially the later stuff, they wrote song-based music rather than genre-based music, and that’s what I love. It’s cool to stick to a genre, but it wouldn’t really work for us because of all the different tastes we have. There’s also Talking Heads, Fleetwood Mac, Flyte, Boy Azooga, The Big Moon, Willie J Healey and so many more.
We’ve had a rollacoaster 18 months, if you could take one positive from lockdown, what would it be?
We got to make a cracking little EP called ‘Empty Days Club’ where we collaborated with loads of excellent bands to create a POWER EP. It featured some of our favourites including Marsicans, The Howl & The Hum, Golden Age of TV and Catholic Action. You can hear it by searching @EmptyDaysClub on Instagram.
Tell me about your latest release, Why Don’t You Love Me Lana Del Rey? what’s it about?
It’s about missing the surface level encounters at bars during lockdown.
I love the purple dude in the video, who is he and where can I find him?
John Berryman, he’s a fabulous actor. He really got into the role. Believe it or not, he used to be green. Somewhat a method actor.
Which live music setting do you prefer festival or gig?
We love a festival. I think Blue Dot was my favourite. It was the biggest audience we’d played to, and they were all having a great time and were so lovely. We also love intimate gigs – if you can’t already tell, we love a lot of harmonies, so it’s lovely to hear the songs so stripped back.
How did the Brude headline show go?
In one word… excellent. To be able to play to a home crowd in front of faces old and new was honestly the best thing we’ve done as a band in a long time. Even just being able to sit, sink pints and eat pies at our favourite venue was a hoot LET ALONE playing our first show in what feels like a lifetime. We’d also like to say a quick thanks to Eades and Green Gardens for being the most wholesome and perfect fit for our first headline show – we love you guys.
What can we look forward to from you over the next 12 months?
Lots of playing live because I cannot tell you how much we have missed it – all-being well, the tour we planned before the pandemic – another load of music and copious amounts of Maccys.
Whats your current focus?
Making sick tunes.
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If you had only one album to listen to for the rest of your life, what would it be?
It wouldn’t be fair for me to dominate this decision, so here’s everyones.
Katie: Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – The Beatles
Charlotte: Blue – Joni Mitchell
Ryan: Last Day of Summer – White Denim
Tim: The Band – The Band
Sarge: Crash – Dave Matthews Band
Jake: Pet Sounds – Beach Boys
Tell me your worst Dad joke…
Look, we’re not very good at Dad jokes but at the end of the day, it gets dark.
Best UK festival?
Latitude. Great line-up, pink sheep and wholesome as hell.
Best UK venue?
It has to be our hometown Leeds’ Brudenell Social Club.
Bench. Those thumb jackets were mad.