DUMB TALK-Handshakes.



I wrote about Dumb Talk some time back when I probably started listening to them at silly o’clock and thought I had something to say. I did have something to say, and I still stand by what I wrote about them. They are a band that New York should be massively proud of. Apparently Lady Gaga’s new one has leaked, but who cares?! Dumb Talk have a new single out. At least their sound isn’t pretentious.

I’ve been a fan for over a year of Dumb Talk, and I remember being obsessed with their songs, Princess and Cry Baby. I just played them over and over. They have this relaxing feel to their music but they have a brilliant element of Garage Rock to it. They clear your mind but at the same time they make you want to hurl stuff out of a window. Differences draw you closer.

Handshakes gives you back the summer feeling that is now just a distant memory. Now all you’ve got is questionable radiators, less daylight and wearing more layers of clothing than you wish to. But, if you’re anything like me (god help you) you’ll probably still be wearing band shirts and jeans without any regard for keeping warm. I hate wearing a coat. Handshakes sounds like the whole band are steadily getting drunk, but it’s okay. That hazy feel they have to their music is why it is so easy to love them.

I won’t bore you with words describing the song and such, watch the video. Buy the song. Support the band. They make beautiful music to dream to. And sometimes, you just need that. A simple dream to keep something in you alive. Dumb Talk are doing it right. They’re a band to love and to treasure. Hold them close, they’ll guide you as they softly sing “Come on baby….”

You can purchase the single here: http://evilweevilrecords.bandcamp.com/track/handshakes-digital-single

Dumb Talk.

“Until the sun goes down you’ll be the one for me.
Until my brain burns out you’ll be the one.”

I’ve decided that bands from New York are the ones that truly own my heart. Obviously I have so much love for bands from the West Coast. I’m just basing this all on my love for New York Dolls, Velvet Underground and Ramones. The level of love I have for those three bands is ridiculous. Maybe borderline psychotic obsessive, or something. They can’t lock me up for that. Not yet. I just love them, that’s all.

Certain places have a specific sound. You just know straight away when you hear them where they are from. Or you THINK you know where they are from. It becomes like a guessing game. You don’t win anything though, such is life.

When I first listened to Dumb Talk no part of me knew where they were from; I was just blown away by their songs. And you know, that’s just how it should be. To hell with where a band is from, all that matters is the music. But if you must know, they’re from New York. They don’t sound like a “typical” New York band at all. Instead they mix a dreamy feel with brutal distorted sounds. Think along the lines of Wavves meets Beach House. Hyper meets calm. That kind of thing. Basically, they’re awesome.

Dumb Talk got together late last year, and this August put out their debut self-titled record. Now, this year has seen some amazing releases. Some were highly anticipated records from established artists and some were debut records that have put others to shame. Dumb Talk have done just that.

Dumb Talk do not sound like a band that have been together for a short time nor does their debut record sound like one. They sound like a solid band that have been around for at least 5 years. You see, when a band can do that; that’s when you know you have found something truly promising. Their songs just ooze the innocence and uncertainty of love. When you love someone, you want to keep it as pure and as precious as possible. I guess that’s one way of approaching Dumb Talk’s music too.

My favourite track so far (I’ve played the album on repeat over the past few days) is Princess but I also love Cry Baby. I’ll change my mind as soon as I hit “publish.” I can’t help it, it’s just a bloody good record.

Dumb Talk make ethereal garage rock music. I know that is seems like something that shouldn’t work. That garage rock music is brutal and bashes you in the face with every listen. Dumb Talk take the backbone of garage rock and add dreamy tones to it. It is utterly perfect and works in the most stunning way possible.

So what you should do is listen and get yourself a copy of their record here : http://dumbtalk.bandcamp.com/ and if you don’t want to listen to anything else but them for a while; then you’re listening right. Enjoy.