By Chyrisse Tabone, Rock At Night Editor
Canadian alt-blues-rock outfit July Talk have announced the release of their second album Touch and a UK and European tour to coincide. The follow-up to their critically acclaimed self-titled debut, Touch will be released on September 9th via Polydor Records in the UK.
The first single from the album is the brilliantly sinister ‘Push + Pull’, accompanied by a truly striking video. Directed by Nadia Tan (Bry Webb, Arkells, Ohbijou), produced by lead singer Peter Dreimanis and choreographed by co-vocalist Leah Fay, it premiered on Billboard last Friday and is also available to post and share here.
The artsy black and white video starts off with Leah Fay sitting in a living room while two other women who are chair dancing and contorting in kind of a jarring manner. It’s kind of disturbing but one cannot stop watching. Very interesting! Her sweet voice sings “push and pull….push and pull” when suddenly the lead singer Peter Dreimanis breaks in with a gravelly, growling voice, “I don’t want to wait…take, take anything”. The voice contrast, for some reason, makes me think of “Barbie Girl” (but not to say it is shallow, because it is not). The two sing back and forth and the video focuses on “excesses and consumerism”–retail store shelves, people partying and later contrasts with views of homelessness–a girl in a shopping cart, mens wearing fingerless gloves and caps. The song is very danceable and one cannot stop singing “push and pull” in one’s head. It definitely is catchy and earworm-friendly. I really like it and would love to see it performed live.
“Push + Pull” by July Talk
This summer, July Talk will play select festivals in Canada and the U.S. including; Field Trip (Toronto), Festival D’ete (Quebec) and Osheaga (Montreal) and will be heading out on a European headline tour in September including shows in Glasgow, Manchester and London. Further updates on the new album will be announced soon.
European Tour Dates
7th September – Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands 8th September – Vera, Groningen, Netherlands
10th September – Atak Saxion Hall, Erschede, Netherlands
11th September – Rotown, Rotterdam, Netherlands
13th September – King Tuts, Glasgow, UK
14th September – Sound `Control Bar, Manchester, UK
15th September – Boston Music Rooms, London, UK
17th September – Gleis 22, Munster, Germany
19th September – Lido, Berlin, Germany
20th September – Strom, Munich, Germany
21st September – Schlachthof, Wiesbaden, Germany
22nd September – Underground, Cologne, Germany
23rd September – Reeperbahn Festival, Hamburg, Germany
I grew up in a household full of rock music, studied journalism in college, and then became a scientist.Although my science career has served me well, music has always played a major role in my life. I grew up reading "Creem" magazine; I play several musical instruments as a "hobby";and it seems a camera has always been in my hand. Now, I am combining what I love the most--music and photography--serving as editor of Rock At Night. My motto: life is short...no regrets. Chyrisse