“There aren't many bands that are good enough to catch the attention of members of The Specials, but then there aren't many bands like The Talks. Proving that hard work, persistence and a pocket full of irresistibly catchy tunes can pay dividends” – Music radar
It’s an exciting time for The Talks and the release of new single ‘Radio’ is only going to add to the buzz that surrounds this four piece from Hull. The band have built up a reputation across Europe for bouncing, blistering live shows supporting the likes of The Specials, Rancid, Madness, The Beat, King Blues and The Toasters.
Their 2012 single ‘Can Stand The Rain’ featured the legendary Neville Staple of The Specials and had over 55,000 views in its first week on YouTube. 2013 saw the release of their ‘West Sinister’ EP, which received fantastic reviews and airplay on both Ska and mainstream stations across Europe, leading to The Talks being invited to appear at a large number of festivals across the continent, including the famous Mighty Sounds Festival (CZ), Rebellion (UK), Galtres (UK) and This is Ska (DE).
The success of The Talks last single ‘Don’t look behind you’ has brought the band to an even bigger audience and with sellout shows and invites to play across more European festivals including Boomtown (UK), Sapi Festival (FR), Camden Rocks and Fusion Festival (DE) amongst many others.
Lead vocalist Pat says “it is amazing to see so many people showing up to the gigs and seeing such great reviews from the likes of Team Rock, Punk Archives and Louder than War to name a few. Truly makes us happy to know that driving miles and miles in the tour bus is worthwhile when we know people out there are digging it.”
Further proof that The Talks are on the receiving end of a huge amount of attention from all corners comes in the form of tweets praising the band from big hitters ‘Less Than Jake’, ‘Sonic Boom Six’ and Itch from King Blues; glowing reviews, front cover features and appearances on various UK TV networks.
The Talks highly anticipated debut album ‘Commoners, Peers, Drunks and Thieves’ is released later in the year.
“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. One of the bands heading this new movement are Hull’s The Talks.” - Team Rock
“The Talks are the best new band in the UK right now.” - Darren Russell – Rebellion Festival
“One of thirty Ska Punk tracks you need on your iPod now!” - Big Cheese Magazine
“It’s visceral stuff and The Talks deliver it with verve and punch.” - Louder Than War
“For lovers of 2 Tone, dub, ska and punk, The Talks tick every box. It’s rare to be so impressed by every song in a set and to go away thinking next gig near me, I’m there!” - Punk Archive