Strange Talk are a Melbourne-based Australian electropop band consisting of Gerard Sidhu, Stephen Docker, Travis Constable and Gillan Gregory. The band was started in February 2010 by the two friends Gerard and Stephen who write both the lyrics and the music.
The band launched into the public eye when they rose to top as a feature artist during the 2010 Triple J Unearthed competition. In April 2011 they released their self-titled EP through Neon Gold Records and Fine Time Records which featured singles Climbing Walls and Eskimo Boy.
Just taking a breather inbetween rehearsals in our hometown Melbourne, Australia.
How did you come up with your band name?
One of the guys had a dentist appointment which required a few fillings…the rest was history.
When you guys started playing together did you know what sort of music you wanted to make?
We started out as two guys producing dance tracks as a hobbie. We progressed to writing songs later on, which became the Strange Talk outfit. I guess the strong dance background has helped shape the style of Strange Talk, but having said that we even wrote some more down-tempo songs and even a ballad for our upcoming debut record. We love challenging ourselves and keeping things fresh. Keeps us from getting bored.
Do you remember the first time you heard « Climbing Walls » playing somewhere?
We were sitting on a plane waiting to take off and we could faintly hear the song playing through the speakers.
How long ago did you write your first album?
We completed the album in June-July after about 8 Months of writing. It was a little longer than we would have liked but when you’re touring inbetween writing, it makes it hard.
What were your influences during the recording of the album? What were you listening to at the time?
We listen to a lot of 70’s & 80’s such as Michael Jackson, Prince, Queen, The Police, but also more current acts such as Justice, Daft Punk, M83, Crystal Castles. There werent any specific influences, more-so a bunch of different artists which we would draw inspiration from and throw into a big blender, so to speak.
Your single, “Falling in Love” commands a dance floor. How have audiences taken to the track?
So far so good it seems. It’s a fun track to play live and generally our audiences are connecting to it.
What can fans expect to hear on your album?
The album is quite diverse. The one thing we focused on was we didnt want to write an album of similar sounding songs.
Stylistically it still gels together with the synth sounds we’ve used and vocal treatments etc, but each song seems to have it’s own identity, which to me is important.
Is there a track on the forthcoming full length that you feel particularly proud of as a band?
It’s hard to single out a specific track as we put a lot of time into each and every song. We pushed the envelope on a personal level, rather than just writing 10 songs that came to us easily. I guess our motto for this record was « if it seems too easy, then it’s probably not right ».
Has the culture of Australia impacted the roots of Strange Talks’ music?
Not really. We try not to focus too much on things like that. It tends to put boundaries in place and we prefer to just write and produce music we like.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve seen or experienced while on tour?
I think the 4 of us getting stuck in a hotel lift was pretty crazy. We just made our show luckily.
What is an interesting fact about Strange Talk?
We all love to go fishing
Any closing words for TEEZ’FM listeners?
Thanks so much for your time and we really hope we get to come over to France as soon as possible. It’s an amazing country.