Alt-blues rock band July Talk is set to release their debut EP “Guns + Ammunition” on Island Records on June 24th. The “Guns + Ammunition” EP, featuring their single of the same title, will be available on iTunes. To celebrate the EP release, the band will play a free show presented by MyFreeConcert at Knitting Factory the same day.
On “Guns + Ammunition,” the first taste of material from the band’s upcoming release, singer Peter Dreimanis’s raspy growl clashes with Leah Fay’s sweet and poignant vocals, channeling the five-piece band’s pure and brutal emotionalism into wickedly sharp lyrics. The monochrome single-shot video for the band’s lead single, “Guns + Ammunition”, illustrates the conflict between the male and female dynamic with Dreimanis’s and Fay’s lyrical face-offs.
July Talk has received critical praise for their emotionally intricate and contradiction-driven dynamic. “The contrast between Dreimanis’ Tom Waits-ish growl and Fay’s soprano is remarkable. It just works,” raves NPR’s World Café Next, while Brooklyn Vegan proclaims, “July Talk are led by two co-lead singers, Peter Dreimanis whose got a growl not unlike Man Man or maybe Tom Waits, and Leah Fay whose softer vocals recall fellow Toronto indie bands Stars or Metric.” The band was also awarded “Best Alternative Group of the Year” at the 2014 Canadian Sirius XM Indie Awards and scored a nomination for “Breakthrough Group of the Year” at the 2014 Juno Awards.
July Talk was formed in 2012 after Peter Dreimanis heard Leah Fay singing at a local bar in Toronto, and knew he met his match. They linked up with guitarist Ian Docherty, bassist Josh Warburton and drummer Danny Miles to develop a signature sound that is both boldly intimate and wildly confrontational, honed through relentless touring. The band quickly gained a reputation for their high-energy and magnetic shows, opening for Billy Talent, Matt Mays, Arkells, Sam Roberts, and Besnard Lakes. July Talk is gearing up to tour with The Presidents of the United States in August and The Rural Alberta Advantage in October and November. They are also playing at Wicker Park Fest in Chicago on July 27th and Midpoint Music Festival in Cincinnation September 26th.
July Talk – Guns & Ammunition EP Track Listing
1. Guns + Ammunition
2. Paper Girl
3. The Garden
4. Summer Dress
5. I’ve Rationed Well
Complete Upcoming Tour Dates 2014:
June 24 – Knitting Factory – Brooklyn, NY [Free]
July 1 – Canada Day – Halifax, NS
July 3 – Festival D’ete – Quebec City
July 6 – TURF Festival – Toronto, ON
July 7 – TURF – Toronto, ON
July 11 – Ottawa Bluesfest – Ottawa, ON
July 12 – Big Red Festival – Charlottetown, PEI
July 13 – Rock the Shores – Victoria, BC
July 18 – Superspike – Winnipeg, MB
July 24 – Rock The Park – London, ON
July 27 – Wicker Park Festival – Chicago, IL
August 1-3 – Osheaga – Montreal, PQ
August 8 – Squamish Festival – Squamish, BC
Aug 9 – Wapiti – Fernie, BC
August 20 – Gothic Theater – Englewood, CO**
August 22 – The Depot – Salt Lake City, UT**
August 23 – House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV**
August 26 – The Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA**
August 27 – Slim’s – San Francisco, CA**
August 30-31 – X-Fest/Sonic Boom Festival – Calgary/Edmonton, AB
September 26 – Midpoint Music Festival – Cincinatti, OH
**The Presidents of the USA