Leeds indie outfit Talkboy have played a major part in the 2020 breakthrough scene. Having rapidly become the band everyone and everything seems to be talking about, it’s safe to say they’re on route to some mighty achievements.
Well on the way to the release of their second EP, Wrapped In Blue on 11th February, the band have shared new cut Sky Is Falling today; a nostalgic and anthemic track ready to nestle itself deep in your mind.
In hope of learning more about Talkboy, we fired the sextet some questions about childhood memories, the things they’ve learned through creating music, and some of the best bands lurking in Leeds at the moment.
Tell us a bit about yourself and how long you’ve been making music for?
As a group of friends and Talkboy we’ve been playing for about two years or so now (this year doesn’t count). But as individuals it’s been way longer, personally I started guitar properly when I was 5 or 6 I think and entered my first talent show as Brian May in year 3.
At what point in your life did you decide to make a career out of your music, and what influenced that decision?
I don’t think I ever decided that I was going to have a career in music it just seemed to be the only thing that I wanted to do most of the time. I would say that my parents had a huge influence on that though, they were never pushy but they just love music which meant I was around it all the time, some of my fondest childhood memories are on the Glastonbury 2000 video tape, my dad went and I remember trying to pick him out in the crowd.
What is the main source of influence for your songwriting?
I try to take influence from as may sources as I can but I have found that all the ones that inspire me most seem to have some level of intensity and directness. For instance, I love the Miles Davis records from the 50s/60s, now I don’t think you could say Talkboy sounds anything like that but I enjoy picking out stuff that I like in those records and thinking how we can transfer that to our stuff. Think John Lennon said something once about artists and stealing and blackbirds? He probably said it a bit more clearly than me.
What is something you’ve learned about yourself through making music?
I feel that I’ve definitely got a lot of stuff that I don’t talk about that I didn’t even know I needed to talk about. When I’m wiring lyrics I try to just mumble my way through and then transcribe my mumbles. The stuff that come out of my subconscious is sometimes pretty intense but I think it’s a good way to work out how you actually feel about things.
What is something you wish you’d known when you first got into the music industry?
I think it’s more a personal thing, I’m quite a trusting person and before I properly started in the industry, lots of people said to me, don’t believe everyone who says they’re going to make you a star, and I was like, yeh obviously I’m not that stupid. Then when someone actually comes up to you and offers you whatever it may be, it’s hard to see through the fog of words that always seems to follow these people around. But that being said, I’m very thankful for all the lessons I have learned so I’m not particularly annoyed.
Who are some of your favourite upcoming artists from Leeds?
There a loooooooads Leeds is great. I really like Niall Summerton and Caro in particular at the moment.
What would your dream tour & rider look like?
David Bowie 1973, imagine those shows and also imagine that rider.
If your music was to soundtrack any film or TV show, which would you choose?
Matty Matherson Home Style Cookery .
What’s the bucket list goal for you as a band?
A gig in a room full of people.