“A heady, bittersweet listen that makes you mourn the passing of summer.” – Long Live Vinyl
“This Toronto based quartet inject sufficient Sundays/Cocteaus-ish vocal and melodic bounce to soften even the most calcified indie heart.” – MOJO
“Chuck in a dollop of shoegaze and dream-pop, and a smidgeon of surf pop, and you’ve got a rather lovely complete package.” – The Crack
“Tallies map their well-worn journey with a sure sense of direction, songwriting skills cutting through the dreamy fog.” – Q
“The latest outfit to get those ears ringing is Toronto quartet Tallies, their debut effort landing in time to get rid of those winter blues.” – 7/10, Clash
After releasing their debut album earlier this year via Fear of Missing Out Records, Toronto four-piece Tallies have just announced their first ever UK tour, which will take place in May.
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: 08 May – London UK, The Social 11 May – Bristol UK, The Lanes 14 May – Glasgow UK, Glad Cafe 15 May – Liverpool UK, The Shipping Forecast 16 May – Nottingham UK, Chameleon 17 May – Wrexham UK, Focus Wales 22 May – Ghent BE, Kinky Star 23 May – Paris FR, Le 1999 25 May – Freiburg DE, Wodan Halle 26 May – Offenbach DE, Hafen 2