They just don’t make bands like July Talk anymore. The Toronto quintet released one of the year’s most provocative albums, Touch, and has nowhere to go but up as the new year approaches. It’s a band that thrives on contrasts: Peter Dreimanis’ deep, startling husky voice and Leah Fay’s cheeky soprano, black-and-white aesthetics, rock and roll. There hasn’t been a band as unabashedly rock since the Yeah Yeah Yeahs exploded on the scene. July Talk is poised for a similar trajectory, with their cinematic music videos and infectious live sets. If you’re looking for a pretty, choreographed spectacle, look elsewhere. July Talk flies by the seat of their pants, and we wouldn’t want it any other way. They have just the right amount of aggression the world needs right now. Find out more about them in our interview, here.
by Hayden Manders