Everybody knows a ‘close talker’ in life, right? Not just because of the infamous Seinfeld episode, but maybe a work colleague, a family member or a drinking buddy. There’s always one that gets too close for comfort. Close Talker the band, are now a three-piece alternative indie rock band from the western Canadian province of Saskatchewan with members Will Quiring (Vox), Matt Kopperud (Guitar) and Chris Morien (Drums) making up the numbers. Their third studio album, Lens, is out tomorrow.
Close Talker as a band name isn’t necessarily a statement to all you ‘close talkers’ out there, or to indirectly communicate the message to Matt’s local butcher, who along with his lazy eye makes for a very uncomfortable conversationalist. It’s a name the guys thought was sticky and memorable, and it’s proved to be just that. And for the record, Matt has no plans of becoming vegetarian any time soon.
Originally a four-piece, Close Talker’s last 18 months touring have been spent with just the three members mentioned since losing their bassist in 2015. This presented difficult challenges to deliver the material from the bands sophomore record, 2014’s Flux, in a live environment. Never a band to be put off by a music challenge, the guys responded and doubled the workload of each limb.
Close Talker are set to release their third studio album, Lens, on Friday 12th May, followed by a string of shows, including The Sebright Arms in London later this month. Their new single, Waking Up, is out now.
Close Talker – Waking Up
The bands latest effort and third studio album Lens is a continuation of the minimalistic song writing and spacious production. Bass hasn’t become an issue either: ‘Musically speaking Close Talker has now evolved sonically and the irony is that we’re more dynamic and perhaps bassier than ever.’
Opening up with the synth stabs and seamless bass groove of All of Us, the tone is set for the record. With subtle guitar playing complimenting the ever-impressive creativity in the rhythmic section; ‘I think collectively we all are inspired by the constant and endless pursuit that is music. It can easily become daunting at times, but knowing that we’ll never truly arrive musically and we’ll always be chasing the next idea or song is something that if you allow it, can be really inspiring.’
Lens will be available in all the usual places on Friday 12th May 2017 via Nevado Music. Close Talker will play The Sebright Arms in London shortly after with more European tour dates to follow soon, welcoming you to the conversation.
It’s good to talk.
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