TALMA are on a quest to become the latest pioneers of guitar music. With frontman singer Henry Adams oozing with charisma, accompanied by guitarists Jack Rennie and James Creed, bassist Pete Warren and drummer Jonny Harrison make TALMA a force to be reckoned with. With the release of their latest single ‘In Circles’ an ahead of their EP Launch, we caught up with the guys to find out what songs they are playing in their circles.
Henry Adams, Vocals: Higgs Boson Blues – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. ‘Push The Sky Away’ was the first Nick Cave album I really got into, with ‘Higgs Boson Blues’ being the stand out track. I just love the space in the arrangement and how emotive it is. Moreover, The lyrics, although quite involved, compliment the track brilliantly – it also proved to me that you could write songs that weren’t just about girls!
James Creed, Guitar: Take it with me – Tom Waits. Songs that feel honest are very important to me, and this song is a great example. The lyrics are very frank with a beat poet’s sensibility, and the arrangement is wonderfully simple: just Tom Waits and a piano. This song makes me feel like the last person awake on new year’s eve, and I can’t say enough about it.
Jonny Harrison, Drums: I Want The One I Can’t Have – The Smiths. The Smiths are a band we all love and are also a band we have regularly covered live. With Henry’s baritone voice and our melodic guitar lines, it shouldn’t be a surprise if their influence occasionally comes through. ‘I Want The One I Can’t Have’ is the Smiths at their rawest and most energetic. Not necessarily the first song that comes into people’s heads, it’s probably a side of The Smiths that comes through the most in our single ‘Lifeline’.
Jack Rennie, Guitar: In Chains – The War on Drugs. Perhaps my biggest musical revelation of the last three years was discovering The WOD. Their carefully considered production and sound selection combines flawlessly with expressive and heartfelt songwriting to produce, what is to me, truly beautiful art. The expanse and gravity of this song stood out for me when first listening to their latest record ‘A Deeper Understanding’ earlier this year, and bearing witness to them opening their Ally Pally set with it in November, confirmed that this is everything I want music to be.
Pete Warren, Bass: 9-9 – R.E.M. R.E.M’s debut LP, ‘Murmur’, remains one of my favourite albums, and the frenetic, raw performance on ‘9-9’ has meant it’s always been one of my stand out tracks. I love the propulsive bassline, angular syncopations and intricately layered guitar parts throughout the song, and I feel that these traits come through on ‘Lifeline’ too.
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