TALMA release new and second EP, Out to Sea, on Friday 23rd February and the five piece, taking inspiration from the likes of Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds and Radiohead, have certainly produced a record that showcases their intricate sound.
They took some time out to speak with The Fountain about working with Jason Wilson and their plans for 2018 now that their release is imminent.
TF: Exciting stuff with a new EP release, you must be ecstatic?
Very much so! This project was finished in August of last year so the actual release date of the whole release has felt a long time coming. As always with a project like this, there are a million and one things that need to be worked on to get the release ready to go – with all that now in place, we are absolutely delighted and can’t wait to get it out there. In addition, what adds to the excitement and something that is really satisfying for us is that we have already released two singles from the EP which have been well received by press and fans alike. We feel in a good position and can’t wait for people to hear the whole thing.
TF: And are you following this with a full promo tour?
We’re definitely looking to really max out on this momentum, with more shows and supports coming through the works and gearing up for festival season. Still a lot to be done though! We’ll hit you back with more details soon!
TF: Now I see you have a gig lined up for London, do you reckon we will see you north of the border?
We definitely intend to be sometime soon! Jack our lead guitar player is from Glasgow so it would be rude not to. We’re starting to work with a great promoter who are looking to take us out of London to other places round the UK. We’ve played a lot across the south from Reading to Exeter where we met while studying, so we’ve barely scratched the surface and are excited to get our touring game on.
TF: And what was it like to be working with Jason Wilson?
It was a great experience for us to work with Jason. As a band, we have always been DIY to this point – which is fine and really useful to be honest as it encouraged us to trial and error what we were working on and build up the sound we wanted as band. Regardless, there is no substitute for experience or professionalism and he delivered both of those facets for us, he pushed us really hard but it was so worth it, as we are delighted with the end result.
TF: Which has been your favourite gig to date?
For me, the favourite gig we have played was G-Live in Guildford in late 2016. Nerve-wracking for a first gig in front of over 1000 people, but was such a buzz and a great experience for us. Moreover, we were supporting Spike Edney from Queen’s All Star Band. Quite an early on gig for us as TALMA, but the exposure we got to a big audience and some amazing musicians was invaluable.
To watch, it has to be Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds at the O2 in September of last year. It is probably the closest I have come to a religious experience.
Out to Sea is out via Lost in the Manor Records on February 23rd.