with Personal Space
Upstairs, All Ages
DOORS: 8:00 PM // SHOW: 9:00 PM
Friday January 11, 2019
Songbyrd Vinyl Lounge
“Crafting the kind of woozy surf-pop nodding gold that wouldn’t sound out of place blaring out of a busted cadillac cruising past Venice Beach” DIY
The late 80’s and early 90’s were a huge influence for many new artists. But when they cite sounds from great artists like Johnny Marr, Cocteau Twins, The Durutti Column and the Beach Boys, you know they are on track to something great.
Combining up-beat drum beats, melodic bass riffs, jingly guitar leads, and fluttery lighter-than-air vocals, Tallies gives out a soft, yet bouncy ray of sunshine not unlike The Sundays’ debut album ‘Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic’. Tallies bridges that long lost sound with yet a new and youthful take on something all their own.
Coming out of Toronto, this indie pop band recently formed this year by lead singer and guitarist Sarah Cogan and guitarist Dylan Franklin. With Cian O’Neill on drums and Stephen Pitman on bass they are set to release their debut album in January 11, 2019 via Kanine Records (USA), Hand Drawn Dracula (Canada), and Fear of Missing Out Records (EU).
Personal Space released their debut EP, The Early Universe Was Entirely Opaque, in the Spring of 2014. It was a promising glimpse into a band ripe with talent and ideas. But Personal Space would stay relatively quiet in the months to follow as the lineup shifted and a more focused version of the band would begin to take shape. Fast forward to the beginning of 2016, and Personal Space emerged from the studio with a complete, realized vision on their debut full-length. The LP, entitled Ecstatic Burbs, is amazingly accomplished for a debut album.
With a mixture of styles and influences, Ecstatic Burbs is polished progressive pop for the indie rock crowd perhaps not seen since the likes of the great The Dismemberment Plan. And much like that band, Personal Space delves into heavy topics with charming abandon. Ecstatic Burbs surveys the saccharine, surreal landscape of early-aughts suburban coming of age, and all the weird contradictions thereof: the impossibility of violence in a world saturated with it; maladaptive responses to burgeoning male identity and sexuality, forged via internet world; over-determined life paths that turn out to have nothing to do with actual desires or reality.
Yet, Personal Space infuses all of this with remarkable depth and humor. From the innocence of childhood to the confusion of adolescence and into the chaos of adulthood, the band hopes to find some sanity beyond it all. Ecstatic Burbs is quite simply, a rousing introduction to the masses for Personal Space.