Emerging Toronto-based Tallies are sharing their new single & video “Easy Enough”, which is taken from their debut self-titled album, due out 11th Jan via Fear of Missing Out Records.
Christopher Mills, who directed the video for “Easy Enough” & has previously worked with the likes of Interpol, Broken Social Scene & Metric, said “Layers of milky video imagery, washes of colour distorted glass, shoes and horses are the video “reverb” to this wonderful, washy, echo-y tune that makes me want to blow dry my hair all day long, and imagine that I’m racing over the grand canyon in one of the best flying dreams ever. Tallies came to my little studio and jammed, goofed around, and did stupid things with me in front of the camera. They sang the lyrics with their eyes, and used one of my Junos to distort each others images in this gorgeous uplifting song that will make you want to jump in the leaves, or the snow for a whole afternoon.”
Tallies navigate an unfamiliar world on their confident self-titled debut album, which blends elements of shoegaze, dream pop, and surf rock into a fresh sound that’s all their own. Tallies is Sarah Cogan (vocals, rhythm guitar), Dylan Frankland (lead guitar), Cian O’Neill (drums), and Stephen Pitman (bass).
Cogan started music lessons at a young age, learning simple piano melodies and guitar chords that she could sing and write lyrics over. Frankland has also been immersed in music for most of his life, growing up with a music-obsessed father who introduced him to greats like The Smiths, The Sundays, Aztec Camera, and Cocteau Twins. He subconsciously carried these influences into Tallies, which is evident in the Johnny Marr stylings of his guitar riffs and the Robin Guthrie-tinged shoegaze textures of his production. “While writing this album, we were listening to The Sundays Reading, Writing and Arithmetic a lot,” says Frankland, adding, “Harriet Wheeler’s soft-spokenly sweet melodies has a major influence on where Sarah sometimes takes her writing to.”
The album was co-produced by Frankland and Josh Korody at Toronto’s Candle Recordings, a hot spot where locals like Metz, Dilly Dally, Austra, and Weaves have made indie classics. It’s also where Frankland works as an engineer/producer. With upbeat percussion, melodic bass riffs, and magnetic guitar leads, Tallies puts one-of-a-kind melodies to the universal impact of adulthood hitting you square in the face.
See Tallies live:
Dec 17 – Baby’s All Right (Kanine Records, Dr Martens, Collide Holiday Party), Brooklyn NY
Jan 09 – Rough Trade NYC, Brooklyn NY
Jan 11 – Songbyrd, Washington DC
Jan 12 – Hardywood Brewery, Richmond VA
Feb 01 – The Drake, Toronto ON (Record Release Party)
Mar 07 – The New Colossus, New York NY
Mar 09 – Savannah Stopover, Savannah GA
Mar 11-17 – SXSW, Austin TX
May 16-18 – Focus Wales, Wrexham, UK