The track sees the the outfit continue to push their sound into uncharted territory
Growing more creative and fearless with each release, UK post-punk outfit Talk Show continue to push the boundaries of their sound and genre convention as a whole on latest release ‘Underworld’.
The track, featuring Hot Chip pair Joe Goddard and Al Doyle on production duties, continues the outfits dive into a more gritty, gothic sound. There is a truly expansive and limitless feel to everything that Talk Show seem to release and everything from its murky feel to the explosive and volatile vocals of Harrison Swann seems to exemplify that. ‘Underworld’ is Talk Show at their most uncompromising and disconcerting, packing a frenetic and claustrophobic vibe that you can’t seem to pull yourself away from.
“This was the first of the “new batch” we started with. It’s our own ‘Born Slippy’. Finding a groove and locking into it collectively really shaped the way we approached the other tracks. Rhythm first. Vocals and guitars second. Stemming from the thumping techno drum beat and lots of noisy rhythms, this track’s a high energy intro to the new EP and a statement of intent.” Swann says of the track.
Working with Joe and Al was a dream and really helped to achieve the sounds and ideas we had in our heads, that we were probably pretty bad at articulating. For us it was fundamentally about stretching the Talk Show sound and seeing where we could go. I think their “anything goes” approach certainly helped our confidence grow in terms of experimenting with sounds, arrangements and mixes, not once would they say that trying anything was a bad idea, or that it might not work, it was a case of going for, seeing what happened when that particular instrument or thing was in our hands, and seeing if we could make something work for that track, and in most cases it did! Don’t get me wrong it’s still gonna sound like us, we’ve not sacked off guitars and cracked out the glockenspiels. It just sounds like a better version of us. We worked harder than we ever have done before and that’s made a big difference.”