Strange Talk

It’s fair to say Strange Talk is passionate about pop, right down to the lyrics tattooed across the forearms of singer Stephen Docker. You can hear this passion and precision in their debut single ‘Climbing Walls’, a song that took them from a bedroom studio in Melbourne to shooting a film clip on a over-sized chess board in the middle of the Mojave desert.

Strange Talk is Stephen Docker, a former classical violinist from the Australian Youth Orchestra, and Gerard Sidhu, a DJ/Producer. At a house party in Melbourne, drunken bonding over pop heroes Michael Jackson and Queen – as well as new production outfits like Justice and Starsmith – inspired them to combine their musical abilities towards a sound that was classic in its approach but forward thinking in its production. The spark that flew was the track ‘Climbing Walls’. This revved up dance pop track delivers what Neon Gold calls “an unwavering refusal to settle for mediocrity… with vocal chops that will set hearts on fire” – being the first melody ever written by Stephen, and his debut singing behind a microphone!

‘Climbing Walls’ hit No.1 on the Billboard’s Uncharted Charts, No.1 most popular on Hype Machine, airplay on Radio 1, Triple J and Nova (as well as being Unearthed by Triple J), and receiving over half a million views on YouTube.

Directly after releasing ‘Climbing Walls’, Strange Talk set a target of sixty shows around Australia in three months. This led to sold-out national tours, support slots for the likes of The Rapture, Marina and The Diamonds, Neon Indian, Kele, Art vs Science, and Foster the People, and festival sets at Parklife, Playground Weekender, Good Vibrations and Falls Festivals.

The band has also lent their hand to remixing; with their most recent effort (‘I Would Do Anything For You’ for Foster the People ) shooting to No.1 most popular on Hype Machine within 24 hours. Other remixes for The Naked & Famous, Muscles, Art Vs Science and Black Eyed Peas have all created a huge stir online and suggest that their production abilities will flourish in tandem with their work as Strange Talk.

Now with an album to write, Stephen and Gerard have set up studio on a farm in regional Victoria. With all this momentum and the whole world listening, Strange Talk is eager to make 2012 their year.

Hundred Waters

Hundred Waters was woven together under the spell of a viscous Floridian summer, from a home on its own in the woods amidst a city. The music sets sail into ancient seas, subtly shifting through worlds of howling silence, borealic tales, and briarpatched exotica, ultimately arriving into the arms of a caring embrace.

Nicole Miglis narrates the journey alongside Trayer Tryon, Paul Giese, Zach Tetreault, and Sam Moss, in Hundred Waters' debut release. The album was composed, recorded, torn apart, reshaped, spat on, shined, and tucked in at their Gainesville home through a method of remote collaboration and thoughtful solitude, reconvening at the helm to gather their threads into rope, and pull.

Wildcat! Wildcat!

Wildcat! Wildcat! go way back…oh, let’s say fifteen years. Lead singers Jesse Taylor, Michael Wilson and drummer Jesse Carmichael all share more than a few strong common bonds…a propensity for making music being the obvious. Over the span of years the guys have played together in one fashion or another, but didn’t delve into this project until 2011, when it just felt like time. Ever since, they’ve been meeting weekly at their Downtown LA recording studio/loft space, popping PBR tabs, and creating that indulgent indie/electro/pop/sexybeats you hear today.

“Wildcat! Wildcat! has their name wrong. It should be Wildfire! Wildfire!, because that’s how quickly the Los Angeles trio’s first two singles have spread across the Internet. The pop concoctions of Jesse Taylor, Michael Wilson and Jesse Carmichael fall squarely onto the plate of today’s now-fashionable indie R&B — lush melodies, falsetto vocals, arching harmonies, all done produced with admirable restraint. There’s nothing minimalist about the emotional uplift of their two singles, though…” – BuzzBands.LA

“It was their Royal Tenenbaums-inspired calling card and flawless aesthetic that first caught our eye, but it wasn’t long before the trio’s technicolor serendipity pop had us hook, line and sinker…Wildcat create a bristling soundscape like no other. Multi-tiered synths build up and crumble like sovereign empires, with smoke breaks in between to recharge the self-destructive cycle, flawless production leaving the whole affair shining resplendently throughout.” – Neon Gold

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Friday, October 12 · 8:30 PM at The Echo