New music for 2015….Talk-Show

Discovered Talk-Show in my latest pile of CD’s to review and like Cats In Space, Talk-Show have a love and ear for that 70’s and early 80’s pop rock sound beloved of Squeeze, Badfinger, 10CC et al. Their EP is out in November and you can grab a listen over on their website

Here is a little about Talk-Show…

‘A major, if slightly off-kilter, talent.’
Trevor Jones, Miracle Mile

All Messed Up (And Nowhere To Go) is the title track of the debut EP from Talk-Show, a front for Maidstone-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Lawrence O’Shea.

The song was written by Lawrence with music industry stalwart Boo Hewerdine, who also produced the EP.

Talk-Show take elements of sixties and seventies classic pop – driving guitars with elegant melodies and harmonies – and marry them to new wave synthesisers and bitter-sweet lyrics to create literate indie pop.

Before Talk-Show, Lawrence plied his trade as front man for London live circuit act The Imaginary Friends, and latterly as a one-man-and-guitar act playing festival bills alongside the likes of Squeeze and Frank Turner. Explaining the switch back to a band format, Lawrence said: ‘I had songs stockpiled I felt needed the full treatment. As soon as Boo suggested great old Moog keyboards he had, the die was cast.’

Lawrence came to Boo’s attention at one of his songwriting workshops where Boo offered him a production deal: ‘I was struck with not only with the strength of Lawrence’s writing but his unique voice – not just the vocal but a singular way with words and melody. It was clear we should make a record.’

Boo many will know as an acclaimed singer-songwriter in his own right and former front man of eighties cult act The Bible. As writer or producer for others he has been behind successes for KD Lang, Natalie Imbruglia, Chris Difford and Eddi Reader, among others.

Decanting to Hub Sound Studios in Cambridge, the pair teamed with studio owner and drummer Chris Pepper. Handling instruments between them and farming some saxophone arrangements out to session player Gustaf Llunggren, the first EP was recorded with a second to follow later this year.

Talk-Show will tour in 2016.

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