JULY TALK (CAN)
Sun 27.3.2017 Helsinki, G Livelab
Tickets starting: 26,00 EUR
Upon returning to his hometown of Toronto, Canada, from a
final European tour with his band, Peter Dreimanis sat sweaty and half-drunk in
a candlelit basement bar, nursing a drink, debating his next musical pursuit.
Lulled in lethargy, he paid little attention to the beat-up acoustic guitar
being passed from patron to patron around him; that was until it found its home
in the hands of Leah Fay.
It took only seconds of strumming and dreamy, dulcet singing
for Dreimanis to realize he’d met his muse. He sat listening, dumfounded,
dreaming up ideas for what could come to be between the two of them.
Clear-headed the next day, he started his search for the stranger from the bar
with whom he seemingly shared a soul. He found her; they founded July Talk.
Despite their relatively young union, the primary pair
behind July Talk has already established its own sonancy: a sound rooted in
roots and Americana with the dual-voice charm of Johnny and June, the creepy
quirkiness of Tom Waits, and the hooks of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.
It’s a very unique blend that borrows from different decades and domains,
though where those influences begin and end is cleverly disguised.
Most special about a July Talk experience, though, is the
foiling of Dreimanis and Fay as personas; who they are inside or outside of the
public eye and just what it is that exists between them. Lyrically, the pair
plays with the juxtaposition of gender roles and perspectives, distorting
social preconceptions. It’s often a war waged between clashing personalities in
a frame that shares two perspectives of the same relationship – at times
conflicted, at times chaotic, most times just downright bewildering.
The opposition between the two forces is only heightened
when the band brings its buzz-building show to the stage as both Fay and
Dreimanis physically exercise their interpersonal demons via everything from
bite marks to blown kisses. Even the line between spectator and spectacle blurs
as some crowd members in themselves become a canvas for the art being produced
It’s a relationship full of extremes, both poetic and
musical. The lyrics seem to skew an onlooker’s perspective of the ever-morphing
relationship these two share. The sonic dynamics, on the other hand, are
equally polarizing, from whiskey-whetted lyrics at the forefront of a few
softly-strummed chords to a flurry of frantic shouting, overdriven guitars, and
pulsating rhythms. The loudest louds, the most haunting quiets.
July Talk is currently at work on their debut LP, eyeing a
fall 2012 release on White Girl Records. Should it contain even a fraction of
the passion and in-your-face frenzy of one of the band’s performances, there’s
no question it’ll capture ears and propel them to new plateaus in new places.
In the meantime, see them soon, because as their audience
continues to expand, so too does the likelihood that they won’t remain a secret
much longer. As the story of their origins only exemplifies, you really never
know who might be listening at any given time.