Photo by Ty Snyden
Canadian blues-rock outfit July Talk thrive on the tension between vocalists Leah Fay and Peter Dreimanis, the former of whom specializes in a fairly traditional pop croon while the latter sounds like Tom Waits on steroids. So it’s perfectly fitting that their new single is called “Push + Pull” and that it happens to emphasize this dynamic. The result is a strange kind of pop song that alternates between catchy and jarring. The beat is straight-up disco, but don’t expect to hear this one in the background at your local discotheque. As soon as Dreimanis bursts through the door with his trademark growl on the chorus, we know we’re in for something a little left field.
Good thing Fay and Dreimanis are perfectly happy setting up camp in that off-center pasture. They describe “Push + Pull” as “one of the most dynamic songs we’ve ever written. There was something intriguing about a verse that lies in a sort of ecstasy disco dream contrasting with such a big, heavy chorus that jolts you awake like a face-first plunge into ice-cold water.” Considering how many rock songs these days are content to exist in the land of “bleh,” we say bring on the ice water.
July Talk will release their forthcoming album later this year via Island/Universal Records. It follows their self-titled debut, which dropped in 2015. They’ll tour their home country behind the record after playing Atlanta’s Shaky Knees; scroll down to check out the band’s full slate of summer tour dates.
July Talk 2016 Tour Dates:
05/13 – Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Music Festival
05/14 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
06/04 – Toronto, ON @ Field Trip Music & Arts Festival
06/11 – Halifax, NS @ Garrison Backlot Bash
06/18 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Founder’s Festival
06/23 – Ottawa, ON @ Dragon Boat Festival
07/02 – Bala, ON @ Kee To Bala
07/16 – Quebec City, QC @ Festival D’Ete de Quebec
07/22–24 – Colwood, BC @ Rock The Shores
07/29 – Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Festival